The Vintage Kitchen
7 Poolbeg St., Dublin 2
Our Rating Neighborhood Trinity College Area Hours Daily noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm Transportation DART: Tara St. Bus: 65, 65B Phone 01/679-8705 Prices Fixed-price menus: lunch €21–€28; dinner €30 two courses, €36 three courses Cuisine Type Irish Web site The Vintage Kitchen
An antidote to over-fussy fine dining, the Vintage Kitchen is a stripped-down, funky little restaurant. Vintage artworks line the dining room—everything’s for sale, but there are no fixed prices, so just make an offer if you like something. It's a small place, with a limited number of tables, and they don’t even have an alcohol license—you’re encouraged to BYOW for a small corkage fee of €3. But you can see why people crowd in: The classic cooking is truly excellent, artfully presented in a contemporary style and generously proportioned. Start with the Cajun-style seafood chowder, before tackling slow-roasted lamb shank with roasted carrots and treacle gravy, or hake with samphire (a sea vegetable), leeks, and red pepper puree. If dinner prices are a bit steep for you, come for lunch—main courses are just €13, and small plates half that. Make reservations for dinner.
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