May 01, 2013

The Vintage Kitchen

Walk past the Screen Cinema, past one of the ugliest high rise buildings in Dublin and down a desolate side street and you will find the Vintage Kitchen.  It’s a blink and you could miss it sort of situation. Situated beside Mulligans Pub, the Vintage Kitchen is a lovely bright addition to an otherwise grey and dreary neighbourhood. On a freezing cold night, just before Easter, Maya and I decided that it was time to visit. It was that bitterly cold week when the wind howled and it felt like your fingers might disintegrate if you took your gloves off. At seven on a Wednesday evening The Vintage Kitchen was beautifully warm, welcoming and packed full of people which is always a good sign.

Focaccia & onion butter
The Vintage Kitchen is a small cosy restaurant but the way it is laid out means the tables aren’t too on top of each other so you can keep your conversation to yourself. Having taken off about five layers we settled ourselves down to have a look at the fantastic menu. 

The Vintage Kitchen specialises in local ingredients and this is evident throughout the menu. It took us a while to decide but while doing so we took advantage of the BYOW policy. The Vintage Kitchen does not charge corkage once you order two courses from their Dinner menu. It’s a great deal and the only problem you will have is choosing your two dishes! We also whetted our appetites with the terrific focaccia and onion butter that was set down in front of us.

For starters I had the Wild Glenmalure Duck liver crème with apple and date bread and plum jam. This was divine with a smooth creamy texture and went wonderfully with the still warm apple and date bread.


Maya went for the Chowder special and was presented with a large bowl of chowder with a good helping of mussels in it. The chowder was light but worked well as a starter. 

For the main Maya went for the Seared Organic Salmon, wild Galway cockles, caramelized parsnip, wasabi and seaweed crispy rice with pink caviar. This was a beautifully executed dish and style wise was very unexpected. It tasted as good as it looked though and all the elements gelled well together. 

I decided to go for the special of Haddock risotto with greens and this was more along the lines of what I had expected. A large bowl of risotto was given to me which was a perfect meal for the day that was in it. It was creamy, not too salty and the fish wasn’t overpowered by the other flavours. It may not have looked as spectacular as Maya’s but it tasted just as good.

Despite feeling quite full we couldn’t leave without trying dessert. There were only two options available so that made our lives easy as we just got one of each!  Between us we shared the Half-baked chocolate cake with maple syrup sour cream and the baked limoncello cheese cake with vanilla ice cream. The favourite of the two was definitely the cheesecake which was fluffy and light but after such great starters and mains the desserts did disappoint. The half-baked chocolate cake was literally just liquid chocolate with a thin cooked layer on top and the overwhelming taste was one of butter. 

Baked Limoncello Cheesecake
Half-baked Chocolate Cake
To finish of the meal we were given a limoncello cocktail which was a lovely touch and ended the meal on a high note. 

The Vintage Kitchen is a budget conscious restaurant but the food is anything but that. The food is stylish, glamorous and most importantly tasty. You will leave feeling like you have just discovered a secret gem in a dreary part of Dublin and if you are anything like me, as soon as you leave, you will be planning your next visit back!

The whole meal cost us €64.50 which was for two starters, two mains, two desserts and a glass of wine. 

The Vintage Kitchen is located at 7 Poolbeg Street and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Find them on Facebook or talk to them on Twitter

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