It’s no secret we love barbecue, filling Herbert Park with smoke, fire and food every August but did you know there are more and more places in Dublin cooking over live fire year round?
Here are five of our favourites…
Clanbrassil House, 6 Clabrassil Street Upper, Dublin 8
Chef Grainne O’Keefe joined us for the first time last year at the Big Grill cooking up brilliant steak sandwiches all weekend. The rest of the year she cooks most of her menu on the in-house charcoal grill in this super neighbourhood restaurant. Head here for fire cooked celeriac, ray wing and meats from Higgins butcher.
Fowl Play, 45 Hogan Place, Dublin 2
Our chief pitmaster Andy Noonan has the flames going year-round in Dublin’s only live-fire chicken restaurant. Free range chicken is cooked over a charcoal rotisserie and wings are cherry wood smoked. Their chicken burger was recently awarded ‘Dish of Year’ by John and Sally McKenna.
Asador, 1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
These Argentinian grill experts cook as much as they can, year-round on their bespoke asador grill. All their meats, seafood and game is cooked over fire, oak, apple and hickory woods in their open kitchen. Expect chargrilled gambas, whiskey flamed chateaubriand, fish on the bone and plenty of steaks and chimichurri.
Bowls, 56 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1
Kwanghi Chan’s newly opened Bowls just off Parnell Street is inspired by the “Cha Chaan Teng” café establishments that saw popularity in post-war Hong Kong. He also happens to cook much of the menu on the three Green Eggs he has in the kitchen. Roasted meats for the bowls are cooked over hickory charcoals and served with scallions, fresh ginger and jasmine rice.
Variety Jones, 78 Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Tucked away on Thomas Street you’ll find new opening Variety Jones where much of the menu is ‘hearth’ thanks to the fire in the open kitchen. Think hearth grilled vegetables, whole fish and tenderly cooked Irish meats. Mains are always for sharing which means they get to have fun with the bigger cuts of meat.