I was lucky enough to attend the opening of Dollard & Co. on Wellington Quay this weekend, special thanks to Danielle and Conor from Press Up entertainment. Dollard & Co. is a New-York inspired deli-style, yet formal, dining experience in the heart of Dublin City. Doors are officially open to the public this Thursday 17th August. Located on Wellington Quay right beside the Clarence Hotel, it’s just a stone throw away from Temple Bar. Click here to follow their Instagram and drool over their foodporn images that I’m sure will be added pretty soon… Research for food is always good on Instagram FYI #lifehacks
It was probably one of the best casual daytime dining experiences I’ve had thus far in 2017 (I eat out a lot ;)) as the food stands inside reveal (& offer) a bit of everything.
From Thursday there will be:
- An off licence
- A take-away tea and coffee stand
- Homemade ready meals to-go area
- Fresh fruit and vegetables
- A fishmonger
- A butcher
- FRESH pasta (made daily in front of you at the window)
- Wood fired pizza
- A nut butter churner for almonds, cashews and chocolate, and peanuts (you’ll certainly see me back here so)
- Draught beer and wine on tap for that impromptu mid-day or evening drink
- A dry pantry section (porridge oats, jams, quinoa etc)
…and more areas that I’ve probably missed out on. In a nutshell: you could potentially do a full food shop here whilst having breakfast lunch or dinner, or catching up with a friend. In terms of interior design and style, the marble countertops and golden décor really gives modern contemporary vibes; everywhere is Instagrammable…in case you’re wondering 😉 . This was expected considering it’s a sister of Sophie’s Angelina’s and Roberta’s.
The food itself:
Unreal. Both myself and Emma were amazed at the quality after being sceptical of the large variety of food available and being served simultaneously…
Our seating area was perfect. We sat at the counter on high stools beside the open-plan kitchen, observing what was going on…
The menu, with prices attached:
To start: We shared a bowl of chicken wings. The bowl contained about 15/16 wings and was served with blue cheese dip and shaved celery. The hot sauce was delicious. So good that we spooned it out and drank it from the bowl – probably shouldn’t be sharing that here but……..
Chicken wings 11 out of 10…
Mains: Emma had the ‘pasta of the day’. The freshly made pasta was ravioli with a butternut squash soup poured over the top. The pasta itself: very soft and tasty – I’m not too sure what the filling was. I know this may sound cliché, but I’ve never had better pasta outside of Italy. Out of ten? The pasta tasted like more…!
I had the Crab & Lobster & Potato Omelette with chipotle creme fraiche. The crab and lobster really complemented each other with the sauce. The omelette itself was light, but I’m not so sure where the potato comes into it…maybe I was expecting a thick pizza-base style omelette! However, this menu choice was something different and way ‘out of the comfort zone’ of Dublin’s typical brunch, lunch or dinner options. If I were to come back here again (which I will – potentially next week), I would veer straight towards the omelette. It was fantastic in terms of taste and presentation, and I was very full after it (couldn’t be going home with those hangry feels…).
Dessert: The final touch. Now, considering I work with food I’m surprisingly not a huge dessert fan. This was the icing on the cake.
Emma ordered the cheesecake of the day which was strawberry cheesecake. My first impressions of it were that it was pretty small, but when I tasted it I realised ‘a little goes a long way’… Very impressive with two sliced strawberries at the top and well presented.
I panic ordered (as usual!) and ordered the large macaroon with vanilla ice-cream. If anything I reach for at the M&S prepared dessert aisle or if I’m ever passing Lauderée I’d always stop for a macaroon. Typically small and tasty, this one on the other hand was the size of the palm of my hand, pink and glittery (I died!), with a fresh raspberry on top. This was presented alongside crushed pieces of macaroon and two scoops of vanilla ice-cream. I have pictured here the inside of the macaroon: soft, gooey, and also contained more fresh raspberries. If I were to order dessert here again, it would be heads or tails between the macaroon or the Guinness cake!
Will I be back?
Yes! With friends, or for a date night. For brunch or for a mid-week dinner treat.
What I wore (does this even matter? – here you go…)
Both shoes and dress are recent purchases from Penney’s Dundrum… Everything else is old…
At Dollard & Co. you can have your cake and eat it too….! It was tough reminding myself that table manners includes not licking the plate in public places…