Another week, another new restaurant goes live in Dublin – we couldn’t miss the opportunity to check it out…
Before opening its doors to the public, Dublin’s newest restaurant, Bite released its menu on Twitter. True, its premise of fish and chips and cocktails would not have looked out of place in one of Joe Macken’s quirky concept diners, but that’s where any similarities end.
Bite is a collaboration between restauranteur Ronan Ryan (Town Bar and Grill), concert promoters Brian Spollen and Anthony Remedy, headed up by chef Malcolm Starmer (formerly La Stampa). Already they’ve nailed their colours to the mast on their Twitter blurb promising a ‘hip, not hipster’ experience.
Elegant table linen and soft lighting set the tone, while smartly uniformed waiting staff ensure service is kept ship shape.
So the drinks don’t come served in jam jars á la Crackbird, but Bite’s complimentary appetiser of squid and chilli popcorn keeps things fun and is a nice little lead-in to the selection of starters including pil pil prawns and potted crab with grated apple and fennel.
Green cod, haddock, sea bass and lemon sole are served either coated in vodka and beer batter, fried in panko breadcrumbs or grilled. For the full fancy fish ‘n chip supper effect, go for one of the battered options- they’re wrapped in brown paper with a big wedge of lemon and a side of pickled cucumber.
All mains are served with thinly cut fries (skins intact). If you’re feeling adventurous though, there’s the chance to upgrade to truffle and parmesan or duck fat fries.
Room for dessert? Treat yourself to a lemon meringue pie, popping candy ice-cream or warm brownie with vanilla ice-cream.
A big fish with small fry prices. This is one of Dublin’s most exciting new restaurants, a great spot for lunch (chip butties ahoy) or dinner. Don’t miss the cocktails either- the caipiroska is highly recommended.
Bite is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday and dinner only on Saturday.
Where to find Bite:
29 South Frederick St,