I had to rack my brains to think where this new-ish spot in Harold’s Cross was when I heard of it’s opening. Countless bus trips passing through on my way to town has given me some familiarity with Harold’s Cross but other than Beckett & Bull, I’ve rarely actually had reason to spend an evening around the area. It’s housed in the premises where the Black Apple Cafe was and while on street pay and display parking may be a pain, it’s the only down side I found to this delightful casual neighbourhood restaurant.
It was a lovely sunny evening when I visited and the sun very much brings on some wine cravings for me…. unfortunately I was driving so couldn’t indulge! With a small bar area and the specials board including the wines of the week this is the perfect little place for a few vinos.
While it’s a small enough footprint, they have maximised space and made it light and airy.
The Neighbourhood Menu runs from 5.30pm – 7.00pm on Wednesday & Thursday and 5.30pm – 6.30pm on Friday & Saturday. This offers 2 courses for €20 or 3 for €25.
Or there is always the standard menu with starters in and around €9 and mains ranging from €19 – €23.
We tried the Wild Garlic Arancini with spring peas, hazlenuts and parmesan. Not only does this bright dish look fantastic, it tasted amazing too.
The mains of choice were Rump & Shoulder of Spring lamb with smoked onion & carrot…
Along with the veggie option of New season Asparagus with morels, potato and truffle cream. This dish is usually served with a soft egg but as I can’t eat eggs they just gave me extras of the delicious roasted potatoes.
Presentation and taste were consistent throughout but the dessert was absolutely beautiful and finished the meal perfectly. The apple cake with buttermilk custard and tarragon was one of the nicest desserts that I’ve tried (and that’s a LOT!)
So with a couple of glasses of wine and a cappuccino the grand total was less than €70 for a fantastic meal in lovely surrounds. I would without doubt recommend Craft to anyone in the area and even say that it’s worth traveling to … I’ve also heard good things about their Brunch so that will be next on my hit list! It also has to be said that their staff were among the nicest I’ve had the pleasure of being served by, which always adds to the experience 🙂