The Legal Eagle has earned a place in the heart of lovers of Irish food. With quality and provenance as north stars, and a no-nonsense, flavour-first approach to dishes, they’ve become one of the best gastropubs in town.
The venue, part of the family of cherished restaurants run by restaurateur Elaine Murphy (of The Winding Stair and The Woollen Mills fame), has reinvented itself in 2020.
As diners stay home, they’ve designed a menu that merges the best of The Legal Eagle and The Winding Stair, into a rich, hearty feast that will break routine and bring something special into your kitchen.
The menu, available for collection Fridays and Saturdays, features a concise but inviting selection of three course dinner sets for either two people or one person. They also offer a few of the fine wines from their wider catalogue, which have been chosen to pair their “at home” experience.
We went with a Fish Feast For One (€35) and a Dinner Menu for One (€35).
In both cases, the first course was potted Dingle Bay crab with toasted soda bread and dressed organic leaves. The only “cooking” needed for this fool-proof yet delicious starter was to toast the loafs for treacle bread, a delightful contrast with the freshness and creaminess of the crab and the light touch of the salad.
Alongside the starters, we munched away on a bag of homemade crisps with bacon dust.
Every piece of the puzzle was clearly labelled and our meal set was neatly packaged (it usually comes in a box, but I made a note on my order letting them know I’d cycle there and they kindly had everything conveniently packed in bags to make my life easier).
The kit included instructions for finishing the dishes at home. No rocket science involved, just a short stay in the oven and some clearly explained assembling and plating.
The Fish Feast’s main was a generous portion of Dublin Mountain Smokehouse hand-smoked haddock, poached in milk with onions and white Cheddar mash. It was a seafood lover’s comfort food central station: creamy, cheesy mash, a luscious sauce covering a flavourful and gently smoked serving of fish.
The Dinner Menu’s main was Boyne Valley olive-fed pork belly, nduja croquettes, fermented fennel, poached apricot and apricot ketchup. The contrast of flavours in this dish was fantastic, the piquant croquettes placed against the savoury and sweet bites of pork and the herbaceous crunch of the fennel… It was a balancing act that truly stole the show.
Speaking of show-stoppers, the wine was another show-stopper at the table. Louro Godello (€26) by prestigious biodynamic winemaker Rafael Palacios. A plump, balanced blend of grapes from 16 different vineyards in Valdeorras, Spain, that cut through the richness of the sauces with a beautiful acidity.
Again converging for dessert, both menus ended with Bread and butter pudding with whiskey sauce. Only a brief microwave visit is needed to bring this warming and caramelly treat back to its feel-good, old-school sweet glory.
The Legal Eagle and The Winding Stair AT HOME dinner kits include everything needed, so all you require to assemble their fine dining experience is right there in the box. Their instructions are as no-nonsense as their cooking, with clarity and consideration for allergens. They even make a point to address carbon footprint and how they are happy to take back any unwanted reusable packaging (although you’re welcome to keep it for reusing at home).
The “bill” for a three course dinner plus a bottle of wine for two people came at €103.
With generous portions, easy instructions and premium quality ingredients prepared to showcase them at their tastiest, The Legal Eagle at home kits have all the right to call themselves feasts.
WRITTEN BY GABY GUEDEZ