I’ve said for years that if I could chose anywhere in Dublin to live it’d either be somewhere by the sea like Howth or else Ranelagh. I love that village, there’s always so much going on and of course there are SO many restaurant choices which is very important! There was lots of buzz last week about the brand new wine bar opening there from the same guys of The Exchequer in town which is a fave of mine.
So on Saturday myself and E decided to head out for some lunch and try it out.
I’m a big fan of the Exchequer in the city so was expecting good things! And we weren’t disappointed. The interior is beautiful, lots of dark shiny wood with an impressive bar.
Towards the front there’s a large table perfect for a group to have some nibbles and a few glasses of wine and a catch up.
We ordered a few drinks and had a look over the menu. They have the same fabulous cocktail menu that’s available in town….
But we stuck to wine and beers.
The menu is quite typical of a wine bar with lots of anti pasti and cheeses on offer along with some tapas dishes and also a few larger meals of Smoked Haddock, Shoulder of Lamb or Steak. We decided to get some bread to nibble over while we waited for mains. E is getting more adventurous with food but will still almost always go for the steak so he chose the 10oz sirloin @ €21.95. I wanted a few little bits so got the Chorizo lollipops and Iberico and Manchego croquettes.
So first up was the bread – and a most impressive bread board! At €3.95 this was great value – the bread was fresh straight from the oven and I loved the quirky little mini loaves and the dips.
I got my couple of tapas dishes when E got his steak and we shared around a bit. The chorizo lollipops came with a lovely garlic aioli and were so good. I absolutely adore chorizo and this didn’t let us down.
I can’t decide which I loved more, those or the Jamon Iberico & manchego croquettes with a tomato tapenade – they were so crunchy on the outside and the filling was beautifully soft and creamy.
With the lollipops priced at €7.50 and the croquettes at €8.95 I think I could have done with 1 less lollipop in favour of 1 more croquette!
E’s steak was a winner. Presentation was fab with the crushed potatoes served in a little wire basket and some lovely veg slaw and watercress on the side. The steak was really good with a nice charred outside.
Our only problem came when we went to order the chocolate fondant for dessert but there was an issue with the oven – considering the place had literally just opened we forgave that and our waistlines probably thank them for this 🙂
All in all it was €64.75 for 2 glasses of wine, a N/A beer, a soft drink, a bread board, the steak and 2 tapas dishes. We left absolutely stuffed and really impressed with the place.
The one thing to note is that it has a restaurant licence only right now so you can’t just drop in for a glass of wine at the moment, you must be eating. I’m not sure if they have plans to change that or not, but something to be aware of.
So – another fabulous spot in Ranelagh…. Now if only I could win the lotto and afford to live there! 🙂
The Exchequer Wine Bar, 19 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Web: http://www.theexchequerwinebar.ie/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/theexchequer
Ph: 00353 1 421 5780
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