Eat Meat Grill is located in Quinlans Black Lion public house in the heart of Clondalkin village. Chef proprietor Robbie Kelly, formerly of The Thatch in Ballymore Eustace, has transformed the food offering at Quinlan's. We have eaten his food before, and this man can cook. With his own food business he has gone back to basics: gourmet burgers, sticky ribs and hearty steaks, all cooked to order, and done at a high level.
Inside the pub is traditional, and a fine wrought iron wine shelving unit runs around the whole room, separating the bar area from the raised sections beyond. There is a fine covered terrace out the back, that is very nicely decorated with coloured chairs, and in the summer benches are brought out and a full pit barbeque swings into action with a full pig on a spit.
It was a busy Friday night when my family and I visited and live music was beginning to set up in the bar so the atmosphere was electric. The menu is short and well planned, and you can expect to see a lot of meat on the menu. With a choice of five starters which are well priced from €4.00 for a soup of the day to €6.95 for a portion of chicken wings with a choice of BBQ, piri piri or hot sauce. Also on offer is crisp ciabatta garlic bread, bruschetta or hand cut potato skins.
Main courses offer burgers, steaks or chicken & fish, all offering good value for money with everything under €12.95, except their steaks which go up to €18.50 for an 8oz rib-eye or €19.95 for a full portion of ribs served with their signature BBQ sauce.
There is a wine list with a selection all priced at €21 for the bottle or €5.60 per glass including a couple from the Las Mondes region in the Chilean central valley, as well as a South Australian Rugger Hill Chardonnay or Shiraz. Being the designated driver I stuck to the sparkling water while my husband stuck with the bar and enjoyed the chance to have a pint.
I started house salad which was simply mixed leaves and tomatoes with a lovely vinaigrette dressing, while our daughter went with the potato & leek soup of the day served with homemade brown bread. Fred had the chicken wings with a hot sauce and thoroughly enjoyed them, they were sticky and spicy and not for the faint hearted.
I was looking forward to the Thai red curry to follow, which didn’t disappoint, fluffy rice and large chunks of chicken in a creamy, homemade curry sauce. The guys both went with steak, 8oz and 10oz steaks respectively, which came cooked to order and had all the trimmings including home-made chunky fries, Cajun slaw and seriously addictive crispy onions, which were addictive.
When it came to desserts there was Eton mess, a lemon and lime posset or warm chocolate cake and it was hard to say no. We shared a portion of chocolate tart with fresh cream, which was pure indulgence, but at least we shared the sin.
Eat Meat Grill serve good wholesome food, cooked simply and well and offer exceptional value for money. Watch out for various events over the summer when they host BBQ's outside and roast a pig on a spit; they ran their first on St Patrick's Day and it was a huge success.