Oh my, my, as Mundy would say, July. We think it’s the best month of the year (after October). Why? Gooseberries, obvi. Gooseberries in a compote with grilled mackerel. And strawberries, in a panna cotta with shortbread. And Toonsbridge Buffalo Mozzarella with wild peaches. Did we mention gooseberries? Catch them again at the end of the meal in a buttery crumble with elderflower ice cream.

If you can tear yourself away from those tart green puppies, Liam wants you to try the Carpaccio of Hereford Beef: wafer thin, melt-in-your-mouth meatiness cut through with peppery radishes and crispy sekura cress. Also recommended is the Gold River Farm Lamb served with baby carrots, also from Gold River, mint chutney & lavender jus.

Gooseberries notwithstanding, would we be right in saying the sunny weather makes us more inclined to take care of what we eat? Our minds our focused on food as (yummy) fuel here at Moloughney’s and we say a righteous yes to the super salads on the lunch menu, full of wonder grub like goji berries and blueberries, toasted almonds and iron-packed tender stem broccoli, heavenly sorrel, squash and an optional sprinkle of Toonsbridge feta, or avocado, orange & ‘hot’ smoked salmon. So if the sun’s a-shining, book your table on the balcony, refuel and relax with a nicely chilled glass of Custova or a McGargles Pale Ale. Just don’t forget your sun screen.

A bit about Moloughney’s

The restaurant opened in 2009 in a refurbished Victorian house just off the seafront on Vernon Avenue in Clontarf Village. Offering farm to table seasonal cooking, we believe in the pleasure of eating proper food, locally sourced. Moloughney’s is open every day for breakfast and lunch and from Wednesday to Sunday for dinner.

No. 9 Vernon Avenue was stripped back to its shell, completely rebuilt and the original bricks were re-used to create exposed brick walls in the downstairs and upstairs dining rooms, which are furnished with reclaimed tables and tartan fabrics. Floor-to-ceiling windows open out onto a bustling street in the heart of Clontarf.

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