The Pig’s Ear, Dublin

Originally posted in August 2011
I must begin this post with a huge thanks to Megan Brydon (@Meganbrydon) for recommending to me, via Twitter, The Pig’s Ear in Dublin. We ended up near Nassau Street on one of our hop off stops downtown and decided to check it out for lunch. The two-course lunch deal for €15.95 turned out to be the best value and best meal I’ve had on the trip since Italy.

My first course of carrot soup with terragon, citrus oil, grapefruit segments and toasted pine nuts was delightfully presented in a (purposely?) antiqued pot on a wooden slab, with housemade multi-grain brown bread. So cute to look at and tasted deliciously balanced.

I took a photo of my Mom’s mini sausage roll accompanied by pea and mint purée, and old fashioned mustard fruits. She reported that it was delicious with mostly all juicy sausage in just a thin wrapper of flaky home made pastry.

My main course arrived on a beautiful blue dish: organic Irish salmon with crushed potatoes and sautéed radish, sweet peas and little gem lettuce, as well a broad bean purée. This was a great portion size and a fantastic dish. I loved the ruggedness of the crushed potatoes with skins on and capers. The salmon was of course cooked perfectly and the variety of textures in the accompaniments worked well, a tactile treat as well as having beautiful flavours.

My Mom was super happy with her lemon and thyme chicken, creamy mashed potatoes, chestnut mushrooms, sweet corn and hazelnuts. It definitely looked great.

With my meal I enjoyed a glass of Wild Hog Cabernet Sauvignon (NZ), the pig theme was rampant! Check out the photos, such a classy compact dining room with minimal, clean decor and little pig items here and there. www.thepigsear.ie

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