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by Gail Clifford MD (subscribe)
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Published July 16th 2022
The Ivy on Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland, Fine Dining, restaurant, breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, Nick Lencini, Head Chef, London
Front Entrance of The Ivy on Dawson Street Dublin 2

"It's a lavish experience that adds a pop of color to your life," said my daughter when she insisted we go. "It's a trendy place."

The Ivy at Dawson Street is the first Irish brasserie from its father company, The Ivy, West Street, London. The Ivy Collection, well-known in England for its contemporary cuisine and unparalleled service for over a century, now includes more than 40 venues. Irish magic may make this Ivy even better than its forefathers.

The effortless glamour, combined with dawn-to-late night availability, make it a must-dine restaurant during your time in Dublin.

Mansion House, Lord Mayor, Home, Dublin, Government, Welcome, Dawson Street
The Mansion House, Home to Dublin's Lord Mayor

Location: The Ivy on Dawson Street, located in Dublin 2 north of St. Stephen's Green, just a block from Mansion House, home of the Lord Mayor, in Dublin, Ireland.

The menu covers everything from Irish classics to continental cuisine. Locally inspired dishes, like Dublin Bay prawns and Dungarvan oysters, remain popular with those who love shellfish, while meat-lovers find steak tartare with Dubliner whiskey and chicken Milanese.

My daughter, a vegan, could easily spot food that met her needs. Meals are well marked as to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free status. There are separate menus to make it easier for people with dietary challenges, so don't be afraid to ask.

The restaurant itself reveals floor-to-ceiling vibrant art deco. Casual chic to business dress is expected. Don't forget to check out the bar where ivy vines combine to add to the overall glamour.

With so many menu options, I wasn't certain if I'd care for a salad with chicken or a salmon dish. The server patiently weighed the merits of each with me. With his help, we found excellent dishes, from starts to dessert, that pleased our palates.

Salmon, Lemon, Rice, plate, dinner, lunch, protein
The Salmon at The Ivy

Some of my favourites are:

  • The truffle arancini, crisp little fried Arborio rice balls that delight many. The light taste of truffle and parmesan cheese creates a strong vegetarian dish.

  • Roast Salmon Fillet with smoked almonds and a herb sauce on the side with broccoli (I substituted green beans) grilled to my specifications, presented beautifully and utterly delicious.

    Kerelan Curry, Rice, The Ivy on Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland, restaurant, retro, chic
    Kerelan Curry

  • The sweet potato Kerelan Curry, exactly the right consistency, spiced a little past medium, as requested, and tickled my daughter's taste buds in exactly the right way.

  • The Chocolate Bombe, a well-known favourite (many guests make reservations solely for the pomp & circumstance of this chocolate-covered honeycomb ice cream dessert's ceremony). The server pours a hot salted caramel sauce over the hard-crusted chocolate bombe forcing a rapid melt, revealing a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre (set your phones to video in advance).

    While honeycomb ice cream is not commonly found in the United States, it is quite popular in New Zealand and Australia.

    At my daughter's suggestion, I made a special trip to the ladies' room. The stair art is impressive. The four private floral powder rooms and five tufted seats before three-panelled mirrors create an ambience of sumptuous elegance.

    We met the front desk staff, the server, the manager, and the general manager over two separate visits. Each was personable and professional, warming to the topic of life on staff at The Ivy at Dawson Street.

    Arancini, The Ivy on Dawson Street, Dublin, Ireland, Restaurant, lunch, dinner, vegan
    Arancini at The Ivy

    Executive Chef Nick Lentini continues to present a high-quality product and is "all about the quality and consistency" meeting with his suppliers weekly. His perfectionism may slow things down at the pass, but it's to the guests' benefit with exquisite meals that make you want to return soon for another experience to remember.

    Price Range: Soups are 7.50. Salads range from 7.95 to 10.50. Other appetizers range from 7.50 to 13.95. Sandwiches range from 13.50 to 17.50. Entrees or "Mains" run from 16.50 to 43.50 (the steak). Desserts at lunch or dinner range from 4.75 to 12.50. The must-have Chocolate Bombe is 10.50. Afternoon Tea is 21.50 per person with the Champagne Afternoon Tea 33.50.

    Lunch for two costs about 70 Euro. To put it in perspective, I've not found another sit-down restaurant in Dublin where I leave lunch for two much under 50. The ambience and food quality here are superior.
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    Where: 13-17 Dawson St, Dublin D02 TF98 Ireland
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