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- For this week’s pre-Paddy’s Day review however, I visited one of the oldest — Padraig Óg Gallagher’s Boxty House which opened in 1989 — back then it was as just as novel and exotic as any of the ethnic restaurants.
- I confess this was my first full visit in 25 years but I had tasted Padraig Óg’s food a number of times since at festivals and events and I was curious to see how the Boxty House was faring — that and the fact that it was a bitterly cold day and myself and food writer (and spud expert) Aoife Cox were in need of comfort food.
- Aoife opted for a pint of the Stonewell cider on draught and I had two pints of the equally fine Jack Smyth Stout — a stout that managed to be both full-flavoured and creamy with a pleasing smoky caramel flavour while not overpowering the subtleties in the cooking.
- Aoife began with the Boxty Sharing plate which consisted of tender dumplings (not unlike gnocchi), boxty bread and supremely moreish boxty fries — thin deep-fried strips.
- I allowed Aoife first-pick on desserts (€6.90 each) but regretted it when I tasted her glorious sticky toffee pudding served with cashew praline, wonderful Boxty ice-cream and salted caramel.more