Sunday, 9 June 2013

THE MAGPIE INN ..... Dalkey . Co. Dublin , @magpiedalkey

The Magpie Inn right at the very centre of Dalkey Village , serves reasonably priced , modern Gastrobar food and offers an extensive list of Craft Beers & Ciders .
The decor with a modern feel yet retaining an aged character , lends to a very relaxed , cosy atmosphere , which could easily keep you staying there all day . Weather permitting , the large windows open out and if you are lucky to secure a table outside , it makes for an ideal spot for people watching .
We dropped in on a Sunday for some Brunch -Lunch . The staff are very helpful and friendly and we are immediately settled in despite the fact that the place was busy . A very good start .

A starter of Grilled Lamb Tagine Skewer , was served with some warm pocket pitta bread , fresh humus , red chili dip and side salad of baby leaves , red onions & cherry tomatoes . The lamb was juicy and very tasty . With just enough spices to evoke memories and flavours of the middle east .

Grilled Tiger Prawns , jasmine rice & saffron creme fraiche was  disappointing . While the prawns were succulent , beautifully cooked and seasoned , the rice was over dry and reminded me of something out of  " Cook in a bag " consistency . The saffron creme fraiche was and after thought and  hardly there . But as a starter , I was quite happy , to do without the rice . Along with a squirt of lemon juice , I polished off the tasty prawns on offer .

Our main of Egg Benedict with smoked bacon , crushed paprika potatoes & bearnaise sauce was fabulous . A beautifully poached egg sat atop some smoked bacon on a toasted muffin , the whole ensemble coated in a rich , buttery and flavoursome bearnaise sauce .

Pale Ale Battered Haddock , chunky chips , tangy tartar sauce & pea purée was also spot on . A light crisp batter gave way to some tasty pearly flakes of haddock . Good freshly cut chips and the accompanying sauces made this A Perfect Fish & Chips .

We love the  ambiance of the place and the great selection of real Irish ales , Irish malts & Irish whiskeys. 
There is also a Beer garden and free wifi .

The Magpie Inn
115 , Coliemore road
Co. Dublin

Tel : 01 2033909

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