Gallagher's Boxty House
Pádraic Óg Gallagher is restaurateur, academic, craft brewer, and Irish culinary authority.
There are few chefs who have published respected academic papers on their favoured culinary subjects, but Pádraic Óg Gallagher, the mastermind behind Temple Bar’s riotously successful Boxty House, is one of that tiny handful of distinguished thinkers. He is one of those rare people who record and explain the culture in which they work, and this helps explain how he manages to see something – boxty – as a springboard for contemporary culinary ideas, and not simply as an Irish culinary artifact that belongs in the past.
By understanding and interpreting Irish food and potato history through his academic talks, his FOTE talks and his contributions to festivals like Electric Picnic, Mr Gallagher makes his passion for potatoes into something tangible, something real, something delicious.
He also makes history, in his development of boxty as a modern Irish ingredient in The Boxty House: this is a house for gutsy, generous cooking, centered on the traditional potato boxty, and it has been one of the stars of Temple Bar for three decades. Oh, and did we mention that, in addition to running one of the busiest restaurants in Ireland, Mr Gallagher is also a craft brewer of distinction, and the man responsible for the superb Jack Smyth beers. A true culinary polymath.
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