What a summer. We’ve helped you folks celebrate your twenty-first & eightieths, your engagements, your little victories and the big ones too, your christenings, your wedding. We’ve even helped you celebrate the fact that at 8pm you can stroll down the road in your Birks with no cardi on, with your pooch, sit outside for a bite and a pale ale and not be chilly. After this, we’ll need a holiday!

The gooseberries we’d stored back in July came out of the freezer during the week. Liam wanted to hog them to make jam for his toast, but we said, no Liam, you must put your customers first. Think of the gooseberries in a compote with grilled mackerel. Think of the buttery crumble topped gooseberries with elderflower ice cream.

Also on the dinner menu, 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 breakfast radish and crispy sekura cress. Likewise recommended are the Toonsbridge Irish Buffalo Mozzarella & Peach Salad and the Gold River Farm Lamb with Gold River Farm baby carrots, mint chutney & lavender jus.

And tell us this, would we be right in saying the sunny weather makes us more inclined to take care of what we eat? Here at Moloughney’s our minds our focused on food as (yummy) fuel 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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