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Quay 16 Restaurant, MV Cill Airne. North Wall Quay, Dublin 1

Quay 161 edited 1

North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

+353 1 817 8760

Price: € 120-200 (for two with wine)

Hours: Seven Days

Review

The M.V.Cill Airne is moored on the North Quays, just down from theSamuelBeckettBridge.  This beautifully restored ship is a breath of fresh air, and a unique place for dinner. The food is excellent, and a pre or post dinner drink on deck is wonderful on a summers evening. We reviewed the Cill Airne about three years ago and a brief burst of Mediterranean weather seemed just the right time for a return visit.

On a summer evening the ship sits high on the water on the Liffey. A permanent gangway and floating deck are alongside, sprinkled with tables and chairs, and on this evening full of patrons from the nearby offices taking advantage of the lovely weather. On board the dining room is on the lower deck, while the bar is on top, and the customers spill over onto the upper decks.


Like many ships of its era it has a wonderful level of finish and its recent restoration inCork is of a high standard. In short it’s shipshape andBristol fashion and shiny brass rails and polished wood are the order of the things. The dining room is well appointed, all quite posh in a traditional way with red velvet banquettes around the room, with tables facing inwards.

There is a choice of menus, a pre-theatre and the A la Carte. With it’s proximity to both the O2 and the Grand Canal Theatre, the Cill Airne does very well with the concert goers. The evening we visited was no exception, with groups in on their way to see Derren Brown. We stuck with the set menu, which offered good value with two courses for €20 and three for €25.

Starters included a warm Chinese chicken salad, classic Caesar, roasted figs and a smoked salmon and prawn plate. Main courses continued with catch of the day, breaded lamb cutlets, pan fried trout or a fillet steak. We decided fairly quickly, and some sparkling water and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc completed our order.

The last time we were here Paolo wrote, “There’s a pretty extensive wine list and, for once, the tasting notes were clear, informative and accurate... We had good bread on the table to eat until our starters came, the scallops served with a slow-roasted belly of pork for Gerard and for me - well, since we were sitting on the Liffey - a Dublin Bay prawn cocktail. These were both decent dishes and presented well. This was also true of our mains.”

Not much has changed in that department, Deirdre enjoyed the Chinese chicken salad, which was slightly spicy, but light and full of flavour, while I stayed vegetarian with the roasted figs stuffed with goat’s cheese, and wrapped inParmaham, and very good they were too. Onto mains and Deirdre had the pan fried sea trout with pickled fennel and a sorrel veloute. The fresh fennel and sorrel complimented the seas trout, while my duo of lamb cutlets was a very generous trio, with the cutlets served pink, and a little lamb pie on the side. A simple dish, it was well executed and left me more that satisfied.

We skipped dessert, and finished with a couple of decent coffees. Apart from the fact that this is the only floating dining room in Dublin, the Cill Airne is quite charming, serves very good food at value prices, and offers something different when looking for restaurant options. On a summers evening it’s pretty hard to beat, and a post prandial drink on deck capped off a lovely evening.


North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

+353 1 817 8760

Price: € 120-200 (for two with wine)

Hours: Seven Days

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