We love to see a menu that focuses on quality Irish produce, and the new offering from Winedown on Dublin’s Montague Street sounds right up our alley.
Winedown owner Maeve O’Malley (also of Meltdown) has created a relaxed, funky space adorned with contemporary Irish art, serving up a new menu of elegant tapas-style small plates, sharing plates, exceptional cheeses and wine pairings.
The small plates cover a multitude of tastes and preferences with options From the Sea, From the Land and From the Ground.
Seafood options include Killary mussels with white wine and ‘nduja (€9.50) and Irish porcupine prawns with lemongrass and chilli emulsion (€13.50).
Meat-lovers won’t be disappointed with options like Asian marinated bavette steak skewers, house rayu and pickled ginger (€10.50), chermoula chicken thighs, fresh mango salsa (€7.50) and a pork and beef paloette with salsa verde (€6.50).
Plates From the Ground include grilled halloumi with romesco and grilled courgette in a sherry vinegar reduction (€7.50), burrata and peach salad (€9), and a chipotle jackfruit taco with pickled cabbage (€7).
To share, the Chef’s Selection charcuterie board (€17.50) is a hit alongside the cheese board (€15) with cheeses including Schnebelhorn, St. Agur Blue, 17-month aged Comte with truffle honey, St. Tola Ash Log and Delice de Bourgogne.
Taking inspiration from the cult favourite toasties of its sister restaurant Meltdown, the toastie croquettes (€12.00) are not to be missed with a selection of mac mama, smoked fungi and spicy Cajun.
With suppliers including Carraignamuc Cottage, Fruit and Veg, Glenmar Shellfish, McLoughlin’s Butchers, Little Italy and Sheridan’s Cheese, quality local produce is at the heart of Winedown’s approach to food.
Speaking about the new menu, O’Malley says, “Using and promoting Irish suppliers and produce is an important part of our mission at Winedown. We looked far and wide to compile a list of suppliers who create and source spectacular produce right here at home. We believe in the quality of Irish produce and see it as a more sustainable option, promoting Ireland as a food destination while aiming to reduce our impact on the planet.”
Winedown is open Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm-11.30pm with last orders for food at 9pm. Bookings for indoor and outdoor dining can be made via OpenTable here.