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Cleaver East

Ultra-hip Cleaver East, who recently started doing a seven-day early bird of two courses for just €15 from 5.30pm – 6.45pm.

And it’s actually divine.

I’d seen a few mentions of their Early Bird on social media but couldn’t remember the last time I was in the restaurant, having gone once a few years ago when it was mainly plates that were quite small (and quite expensive).

So last Saturday, when I needed a last minute place in town for an early dinner with the bf, it popped into my head.

The decor of Cleaver East is a treat in itself, with butchers cleavers hanging from the windows, plush leather seating and a New York-y Bushwick warehouse vibe oozing from every corner.

The menu does lean more on the meatier side, with starters including a Beef Dripping Rosti with soft poached egg, crispy bacon, hazelnut and parmesan crumb and Caesar vinaigrette.

The man went for the Butternut Squash Risotto with feta and sun-blushed tomato pesto and crispy basil, which was a v generous portion for a starter and was perfectly seasoned and creamy.

The plate was scraped several times for the last bite on this one.

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8 Essex Street East

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Opening hours

Wednesday - Saturday Lunch 12.30 - 2.30pm
Monday - Saturday 5.30pm - 10.30pm
Sunday 17.30 - 9.30pm

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