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€10 steak dinner in The Larder

Parliament Street is full of great restaurants. There is, of course, Zaytoon, the only place you’d consider eating a kebab while sober. Then there’s Corfu: let’s call this one a work in progress. Cafe Topolis is a lovely Italian restaurant, while Salamanca does a few fairly decent deals including six tapas with bread or salad for €17. Ciao Bella Roma’s lunch menu – two courses for €8.95 plus a glass of house wine – is one of the best lunch deals you’ll find in Dublin. There’s also a new Brazilian restaurant which I’ve yet to try.

But The Larder is top of the Parliamentary pile. The set menu runs seven days a week and offers consistent value:  €16 will bring you two courses, but for additional supplements, ranging from €2 for the penne pasta, pork belly, and chicken breast to €4 for the pan-fried duck breast and lamb shank or €11 for the fillet of beef. Essentially, the fillet of beef isn’t on the set menu at all, but I didn’t feel deceived: this is more of a quirk with how The Larder lays out their menu.

I utterly ignored the whole lot of it and ordered what I came for: a six ounce rib-eye steak with chips and salad for €10. The offer runs from Sunday to Thursday. It seemed too good to be true.

To avail of this deal, you have to order something else off the menu: that can be a starter, a side dish, a soft drink, glass of wine, or dessert. This condition was instituted to stop people coming in and ordering steak dinners with a glass of tap water; it seems fair enough. And anyway, what on earth are you doing ordering steak in a restaurant without having a glass of red wine? How dare you? FOR SHAME.

The rib-eye: quite nice. Not the most jaw dropping steak you’ll ever have – Le Bon Crubeen’s steak is worth the extra  €3.50, and Aldi’s simple supermarket rib-eye sneers at both – but still tasty, tender, and lean. It’s good value for €10.

I do have one quibble though: good steak is crying out for a good sauce, and The Larder’s red wine jus (€2) is bland, forgettable, pointless, and not worthy of this restaurant. It needs a bearnaise, pepper, horseradish, or hell, even a blue cheese sauce.

The lovely waitress very skilfully upsold two desserts for us to take away, including a delicious raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake which I ate with my Geordie friend the next day.


  1. I’m a big fan of the larder. Thanks for reviewing it. They also do a good value 2 course lunch, think its 2 courses for 10.95. I recently had lunch in ‘From Mexico to Rome’ in Temble Bar where they have 2 courses plus a glass of wine for 8.95 during the week & 9.95 at the weekend. It was quite tasty, and wine was yum, plus extra glasses were moreishly priced at €3! Check it out.
    Also hope its OK to suggest this, but I’d really like to see a piece on BYOB restaurants, theres a few around & Im wondering do they really help you save money & whats the food like. Anyway, just a suggestion. Thanks!

  2. Hi Sarah, thanks, and of course it’s okay, suggestions very welcome. I know Keshk in Donnybrook and Bistro Spice in Monkstown are BYOB but I’ll look into a few other places and do a feature on this in the next few weeks 🙂

  3. Seagrass in Portobello also do BYOB

  4. Hi Peter,

    Have just read the cheapeats review on KeshK as it just came up in google. I hear its very hard to get a table though, which makes me think that theres a market for BYOB restaurants. Doing a feature would be fab! Thanks so much!

  5. Cafe Bliss on Montague St and Cafe Rotana in Portobello are both BYOB with no corkage too.

  6. Little Jerusalem in Rathmines (Wynnefield Road) is BYO and very reasonable