Filed under: desserts, featuredarticle, Restaurants
Divine Desserts in Dublin
One thing I definitely miss about living in the States is options when it comes to dessert. If you don’t want to sit down to a full meal, but you just want something sweet, and maybe a glass of wine, there is usually somewhere close by in the States. One missing element in the Dublin dining scene is mid-range options – something between the upscale eatery and the cheap ‘grab and go’. When I heard about the ice cream sundaes available at Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar, I had to do some investigating myself. (map)
One of the first things I noticed walking into the restaurant was that there was a tinge of an American feel to it. Large wooden booths accommodated groups, and people seemed to just be hanging around long after their food was gone (Dublin has a distinct lack of a ‘cafe culture’ which has been replaced by ‘pub culture’). Picking up a business card for Elephant & Castle I saw that there was one more location in addition to Temple Bar: Greenwich Avenue in New York City. Now I was seeing the American connection.
We sat down and upon telling the hostess we were just interested in dessert, we didn’t receive a growling face, but a separate dessert menu. An entire page of tempting options from classic desserts to a lengthy list of ice cream sundaes. The ‘Heart of Darkness’ caught my attention: chocolate ice cream was accompanied by hot fudge, cocoa liqueur, and toasted hazelnuts. The toasted hazelnuts were the perfect contrast in texture to the silky ice cream.
Elephant & Castle also had a wine list that included affordable half bottles of wine. If you like a glass of red with your ice cream, like I do, you can choose a half bottle to your liking and share with friends. Inevitably during a trip to Dublin you will want to escape the pub, and it is good to know that there are places like Elephant & Castle where you can go for a little sweet treat at a reasonable price. It should come as no surprise that this restaurant has been thriving for 20 years. I haven’t been here for brunch yet – but I hear weekend brunch is excellent as well.
Photo Credit: SXC
AElephant & Castle18-19 Temple Bar, Dublin, 2, IrelandView Details and Book