Bang Café, Dublin

IMPORTANT: Sadly, Bang Cafe is no more, according to this article. An incredible loss to Dublin’s restaurant scene. I have some very fond memories of dining here.

It’s true what the newspapers are saying about restaurants; there is really is some great value to be had in Dublin these days. I’ve long been a fan of Bang Café and often recommend it to people. Even in the days when the “Celtic Tiger” was roaring and the phrase “early bird” was never to be uttered, I always felt that Bang was extremely good value. The menu always offered a great selection of dishes to suit every pocket. Head chef Lorcan Cribben’s dishes were always creative and superbly executed.

The restaurant is currently offering a value menu for both lunch and dinner which offers plenty of variety. I took lunch there recently and was so impressed by the chef’s “Slow roast shoulder of lamb” that I vowed to return as soon as possible for a meal with The Wife.

Gravlax with Beetroot Purée

I started with a “Gravlax of Salmon with beetroot puree, orange salad, citrus dressing“. Such a great combination of clean and light flavours, I loved the balance between the citrus flavours and the sweet beetroot.

Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb

Slow Braised Shoulder of Lamb with colcannon, organic carrots rosemary jus” was incredible comfort food with some stylish restaurant presentation. I’m a huge fan of slow-cooked lamb and this meat was perfectly cooked, braised to almost melting tenderness. The rich, buttery colcannon made a great accompaniment.

Coffee Creme Brulée

I must admit I’m a little precious about crème brulée. What is it with chefs putting things like stewed rhubarb into creme brulee? The point of crème brulée is that it’s rich and silky. Adding fruit ruins the consistency. Add flavourings like coffee or liquer is a different matter, however. I finished off with “Coffee Crème Brulée with apricot and pistachio biscuit“. It was pretty damn good, the coffee flavour was not too strong. I did think the sugar topping was caramelised a little too much, but overall it was a winner.

I’m very pleased to see what is probably my favourite restaurant in Dublin roll with the punches of this recession by offering even more value to diners. It never disappoints.

Verdict: 8/10

Bang Café [website]
Merrion Row, Dublin 2
Tel: 01-6760898

2 Responses to “Bang Café, Dublin”

  1. 1 Mick September 22, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    hey, have had a few average experiences here, so nice to see some good reviews. Other reviews have no been so favourable as you can see from here;

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