The Cellar Restaurant
“Modern Irish cooking down below” - AA Inspector
Down below the gleaming-white expanses of the Merrion Hotel, The Cellar is the place for modern Irish cooking. Begin with dashi-seasoned calamari with fennel salad and citrus aïoli, and then wheel out the big guns of tradition for 28-day dry-aged rib-eye in Café de Paris butter with broccoli hollandaise, or a whole black sole from Kilmore Quay with garlicky spinach in lemon and caper beurre noisette. Or mix it up modern-style for seared halibut with lardo, charred cauliflower, salsify and broad beans in beurre rouge. Desserts with attitude include a chocolate-orange crémeux made with Valrhona, along with hazelnuts and a buttermilk and coconut sorbet.
Facilities – at a glance
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12.30
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10
- Cuisine style: Modern Irish
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About The area
It is often visited on a weekend trip, but rushing around is not the best way to experience Dublin. When Ireland joined the European Union, an economic boom began that flourished in the ‘Celtic Tiger’ years of the 1990s – fashion, the arts, food and Irish culture all blossomed, turning Dublin into one of the world’s hottest city destinations. Its transformation has continued into the 21st century with a technology boom.
There is something very special about this small city with its split personality – exhilarating and chic on one side but traditional, with an older generation still hanging on to pre-EU values, on the other.
One of the city’s irresistible charms is its welcoming people; so take time to relax in the pubs and cafes while absorbing the craic that is synonymous with the Irish. Slide away from the touristy themed pubs to discover the real heart of Dublin in its less well known taverns and in conversation with the locals.
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