We wrote about Glovers Alley before it opened at the start of the year (READ: Glovers Alley Is The Hottest Restaurant In Dublin – And It Hasn't Even Opened Yet) and while some might balk at their usual menu price of €80 for three courses, their new early bird menu is a pleasant surprise.
All the same great food, pretty much half the price.
The new Pre-Theatre Menu offers a choice of three starters, three main courses and two dessert options and is €35 for two courses or €45 for three courses. I popped in to check it out during the week and it's divine.
First off, Glovers Alley is a millennial pink dream. Seating 70 people, the restaurant is all curves and waves, soft pale pinks and rich green leather; 1930s Art Deco style is their inspo and it works.
The new pre-theatre menu is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6pm-7pm
The perfect chance to check out Glovers for a special occasion without digging too deep into the wallet.
While the Pre-Theatre Menu will change frequently in accordance with what choice ingredients are available, the type of dishes that diners can expect include Violet Artichoke with Hazelnut, Grapes & Foie Gras and Jersey Royals with Bacon Dashi, Wild Garlic & Chicken Skin to start with alongside main course dishes such as Veal Rump, Beetroot, Watercress, Grape Must & Mustard and Pollock, Carrot, Grapefruit & Bisque.
Snacks come out before you tuck in and include foie gras sandwiched between wafer thin filo pastry sheets and a pretty spring vegetable tartlet.
Next up comes the bread basket... Pick the parmesan and black olive roll, trust me.
The night I was in I had a White Asparagus 'Tagliatelle' with Button Mushroom and Aged Parmesan to start, a creamy and silky nest of asparagus strands. For my main I went with the Pork Belly with different textures of carrots, delicate peas and grapefruit. The crackling was crispy and deep brown and the kind of thing you'd eat every night of the week.
Among the desserts you can expect are Rhubarb, Strawberry, White Chocolate & Lemon Balm and Nectarine, Sheep’s Yoghurt & Raspberry. I was stuffed after two courses so couldn't fit in a dessert but they're works of art.
Put this on your summer to-do list. It's an absolute beaut of a restaurant that should be top pick for your next date night.