BANG, on Merrion Row is recommended in the 2017 Michelin Guide. I worked across the road for nearly 2 years. A school friend was formerly their pastry chef. It’s been there, quietly, consistently, for years. Yet somehow, I only visited this week. Keeping up with new openings is enough to keep you plenty busy . Seemingly, we’re all guilty of it. In the afternoon leading up to our dinner booking, our plans were met with the same response from fellow city-centre-regulars, that being “Oh I’ve heard about it so often, but never been!”

Well now I’m telling you, fix that immediately. You won’t be sorry. I was – but only that I hadn’t been sooner.

What We Paid

I wouldn’t usually start out with the money but first and foremost I have to talk about the value of this place. They open 7 nights a week, update the menu seasonally and are currently offering a free glass of prosecco when you order from the a la carte menu. The pre-theatre menu is just under €26 per head, and the 3 course summer tasting menu we booked was just under €35 per person. I can’t describe it any better than simply saying – it’s a steal. Especially when you consider what comes next.

What We Ate

Believe the hype. This place is pretty fecking brilliant. I’ve left reviews on TripAdvisor, Zomato and Facebook today and on all occasions described it as some of the most delicious, unique, food I’ve had in the longest time. We both started with the slow cooked egg with pickled girolles (little tasty orange mushrooms!) and a fresh and vibrant lovage dressing. Kieran had the slow cooked lamb gnocci with nduja (a soft, spicy sausage from Spain) topped with parmasaen – the flavour of which stunned him into silence. He ordered a side of charred white cabbage – cannot explain how great that tasted. I had the white onion risotto; now, being the vegetarian, I’m often saddled with risotto as my main and I have all to often had very awful, stodgy, disappointments put in front of me. This, thankfully, is how it should be done. Served with fresh peas and tenderstem broccoli, topped with summer truffle and pea purée – it was sheer delight from the first bite. Look at that, so good I made a rhyme. I also got a side of sautéed new potatoes with confit of garlic and smoked paprika; tiny morsels of incredible flavour. There was salted caramel parfait with honeycomb for dessert (his, the sweet tooth) and a cheeseboard (mine) to finish. Both of which could have been very simple and straightforward but were again elevated to new, mouth-watering heights.

What We Drank

We ordered a second glass of bubbles to accompany our starter, as Google told us it goes with eggs. Kieran moved to a rich French Pinot Noir, his go-to, and I opted for a light Spanish Albarino (highly recommend trying an Albarino if you see it on a menu, it’s light, mineral taste is a welcome alternative to the crispness of a Sav Blanc and the likes).  They have a cocktail menu and a bar downstairs which I have yet to try, but can see myself returning to sample one of their signatures.

Perfect For…

Date night, special occasions, treats, birthdays, Tuesdays … just take me back, ok? Immediately!