ely bar & brasserie
ely b&b (bar & brasserie) rings all the changes.There are handsomely lit, atmospheric cellars. There is a bustling, city-style, waterside atrium bar. There is a heated outdoor terrace so you can watch the River Liffey float by. And then there are the eternal signatures of the ELY operation: the best wines you can drink, and superlative food that is logical, mature and delicious.
With organic pork and beef coming direct from the family's organic farm in the Burren, in County Clare, it's hard to resist fillet of organic pork with salsify, or the signature Burren beef burger with black truffle mayonnaise. But in fact all the ingredients are sourced with meticulous care – Kilkeel mussels; Kildare chicken; Craggy Island lamb – so everything they cook enjoys maximum impact. And whilst one tends to think of destinations with serious wine lists as places reserved for adults, ely have always been truly enlightened in offering superb children's food – messy marinara spaghetti; grilled fish with rice and fresh vegetables; junior ely burger; Grandad's organic bangers and mash.
The wines, of course, are as good as it gets, chosen with taste and expertise, and poured by some of the hippest staff in Dublin city. Their enlightened pricing policy means you can trade up, and taste the vinous stars. There is nowhere nicer to taste the vinous galaxy than in ELY.
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