SHARABLE MOMENTS AT PINK RESTAURANT BY OLIVER DUNNE Written by Abigail Fox Carroll & Clyde Carroll
Oliver Dunne has built up a great reputation as a quality restaurateur. Starting with Bon Appetit in Malahide and then over the years opening new restaurants across Dublin and Ireland, including Cleaver East, Beef & Lobster (Dublin and Galway), Ribeye Steakhouse Malahide and others.
The latest edition to the Oliver Dunne collection is Pink, located on Dublin’s trendy South William Street. As the name might suggest, everything in this restaurant is Pink and it is an Instagrammer’s dream! In the social media world we live in today, whether you are an everyday user or an occasional user, most of us like to share interesting experiences we have. You see it all the time on your social media feeds, especially when it comes to restaurants. People love to share interesting décor, beautifully designed food plates and even the bathrooms – the infamous bathroom mirror selfies! Well, Oliver Dunne has taken all of this into account in the design of Pink Restaurant. From the moment you walk in the door you are greeted by a large pink angel winged photo backdrop. Further into the restaurant is a gorgeous floral wall backdrop. The full length mirrors in the bathrooms have pink neon signs above them with the phrases ‘Fab’, ‘Stunner’ and ‘Gorg’!
But, what about the food?! We are pleased to report that the food matches the décor, it is fab!! A visit to this restaurant is certainly a treat and perfect for a catch up or an occasion. We went for lunch and the menu had a good choice of starters, mains, sides and desserts to choose from, with two courses costing €30pp and three courses €35pp. You could also choose the Pink afternoon tea for €42pp, with a children’s afternoon tea also available (advance booking required). While we were there, a table across from us had a group made up of grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters all enjoying the afternoon tea and it looked like some lasting memories were being made.
We started our Pink experience with a cocktail upon arrival. There is an array of pink cocktails to choose from, we had a Pink Sour and a glass of Pink Prosecco. For starters on the menu, you will find arancini with black truffle aioli, a honey & ginger chicken and a crispy halloumi. We chose the monkfish fritter with jalapeno tartar, charred lemon and herb salad. This was served more like a monkfish fishcake than a fritter but, was flavorsome with a spicy kick. We also enjoyed the nduja & garlic prawns with burnt lemon aioli and toasted focaccia. The chunky chargrilled garlic focaccia was the perfect accompaniment to relish the prawns with and soak up the spicy sauce.
For mains you will find brunch favs such as, an avocado toast dish, which the optional addition of poached eggs and bacon too or a poke bowl with sesame seared tuna. We chose the Grade 5 Wagyu beef burger with truffled brie, caramelized onion and white balsamic ketchup. The wagyu beef burger was juicy and tender and cooked to perfection. We also had the buttermilk chicken, which was served beautifully golden and crispy and complimented with a caesar aioli, grilled little gem, black bacon, lardon crouton and parmesan. The sides on offer are a real treat with creative flavours! We went for the sweet potato with peanut rayu and lime sour cream and the French fries with pink Himalayan sea salt and pink mayonnaise.
For dessert we shared a pink white chocolate heart which contained raspberry, pink gin gel and white chocolate crumb. A lovely pink end to a pink meal!
Our bill in total, which included one two course, one three course, two sides, two cocktails on arrival and a glass of Rosabelle rosé came to €100.50.
Pink Restaurant by Oliver Dunne
34 William St South,
Review By Abigail Fox Carroll & Clyde Carroll