August 02, 2012

Dux & Co

I love Ireland in the summer, whatever the weather, there is always so much happening around the country. One of my favourite events to attend is the Street Performance World Championships as it is just so creative and unusual and always makes for an interesting day out. I mean how can you not be entertained by this!!
By the way those lumps in his chest are surgically placed magnets or so I have been told!!

Anyway this year I wasn't able to go but instead I got to attend La Carnivale, which was basically a variety show of acts that would be attending the championships. This was brilliant and an adults only show so if the championships aren't your thing maybe check this out next year as I'm sure the organisers will run it again. It was absolute comedy gold!! Before we headed to the gig though the usual debate of where would we eat began. Parts of the quays aren't the liveliest place for eateries unless you include the Italian quarter or head into Temple Bar, neither of which we were in the mood for. This is where Dux & Co came to the rescue. Recently opened, it is located on Wellington Quay beside the Ha'Penny Bridge. Dux & Co are better known for providing proper festival food and for being the winners of the Dublin Street Food Awards. Now they have found a place to call home and what a pretty place it is too all flowery wallpaper and swings (yes swings!).

The menu is varied but not too long, yet it still took us a while to decide. While doing so though we were given some Parsnip, Beetroot and Potato Crisps for nibbling. Full of flavour and colour they were gone within seconds.

After reading the menu thoroughly and still being undecided we opted for a sharing platter. For €10 we got a huge plate of food which included Pan Fried Halloumi with Lime & Chilli & Pita Bread, Smoked Chicken Croquettes with Tarragon Aioli and Patata’s Bravas. The patatas bravas had a nice spicy kick which wasn't overpowering, the halloumi was grand it tasted well seasoned but I think it might be more of an acquired taste. The big hit of the dish were the croquettes which were creamy and packed full of chicken. The only problem with these were that two of them had to be evenly divided between three people!                                                            
Large Sharing Platter
For our mains Brighty choose the decidedly posh sounding Lobster Mac and Cheese while Ms B and I went for the Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Sandwich with Homemade BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw & Sweet Potato Fries. Both of these mains cost €12. The Lobster Mac and Three Cheese was a great sounding pasta dish but unfortunately the lobster was a bit lost in all that cheese and Brighty said it was all a bit heavy for her to finish.

Lobster Mac and Cheese
On the other hand the Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ sauce was amazing. I have since been told that's because of the whiskey in it. No wonder it tasted so damn good! Along with the fries, coleslaw and bean salad this dish had more than enough in it and neither of us were able to finish it though we gave it our best try!!

  Pulled Pork Sandwich with Homemade BBQ Sauce

Time wasn't on our side that evening so we didn't get to try any desserts though I'm not sure we would have had the room to. We also didn't get to go to the local off licence to get a bottle of wine because as we were informed Dux & Co is a BYOB! Wohoo to that and their very small corkage charge of €3 on a bottle of wine and €5 per table for beer. In the end I didn't get to try out the two swings set up at the top of the restaurant but I will be back, not only to get a go on those swings, but also to make my way through the rest of the menu! Dux & Co is a very welcome addition to the Dublin Quays.

Dux & Co opens for lunch Tuesday to Sunday, Dinner Wednesday to Saturday and a weekend brunch, Sunday lunch and also offers a picnic basket menu which sounds all together very romantic!
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  1. A swing set in the restaurant? I have to check this place out!!! Thank you for mentioning about the BYOB, I love restaurants that do this and this one is so reasonable! Cheers!

    1. Yep two rope swings embedded into the ceiling and I know they work because two other girls sat and swung on them for a bit!! It's a fun, quirky feature and I know what you mean about BYOB it's a great idea and Dux and Co is so central as well. It means you can go out have a great meal, a nice bottle of wine/beer and still afford to go out afterwards if you want to as well or you could just stay and eat lots more food :) Let me know what you think of the place.