If you can bear to share, there are few meals more satisfying for the devout carnivore than a juicy Cote de Boeuf. Undeniably one of the most tempting cuts of beef you can get, the cote is a thick, succulent bone-in rib which can bring out the inner caveman in just about anyone – there’s no-one I wouldn’t fight to get the last bite.
As Cote de Bouef is a feast for two, it gives you a carte blanche to summon a steak far larger than either of you could in all good conscience order separately, and it always feels like an occasion as soon as the blushing beauty hits the table begging to be devoured – the perfect date night treat.
In Ireland, we are lucky enough to have the kind of quality grass-fed beef that can make the eyes of our carnivorious counterparts across the Atlantic water, and the best way to enjoy it is burnished with flame, quivering within, fighting off the fork of someone you love. We’ve rounded up some of the sexiest steak sharing spots, so get your Cote, you’ve just pulled some of Dublin’s best Boeuf.
A relative newcomer on the block, Ember opened last year in Milltown to much furor about their ferociously good steaks, which are cooked on a bespoke Plancha grill by Chef Gregory O’Mahoney. This feast is served with Buttermilk Onion Rings, Slow Cooked Tomato, Roasted Flat Cap Mushroom, Fries, Bearnaise Sauce and Beef Jus for €65. If you’re having a Treat Yourself Tuesday, you can nab all of that for €50 – the dream.
An oldie but an undisputed champion of seductive steak, Butcher Grill has some non-beef options but quite frankly you are a fool to miss out on their wood-smoked grilled pleasures of the flesh. Their 24oz Cote de Boeuf with smoky beans & sage onion rings is a feast worthy of any occasion for €65, but if the occasion is simply a Monday or Tuesday in need of brightening you can get your mouth around this behemoth for €50.
It is worth noting that BG also offers a 30oz John Stone Tomahawk for two for nights when money is no object – clocking in at €95 for death-row level deliciousness. One for the beef bucket list.
The second you walk in the door of Asador, you are immediately lulled into a primal frenzy with the scent of flaming steak – this place brings a little bit of South American BBQ to Dublin with a seriously tempting beef offering. Savour a charred, dry-aged Cote de Boeu
f from master butcher Pat McLoughlin, with roasted Roscoff onions and one of the most irresistible silky steak sauces I’ve ever enjoyed – smoked bearnaise. Consistently crave-worthy.
The name on most people’s lips when asked to name a favourite Dublin eatery, everything on Etto’s menu screams eat me, so it can feel like a hardship to choose just one dish between two. That said, ultimate meaty satisfaction is guaranteed in the form of their ample Cote de Boeuf for €59. Served simply with bordelaise sauce and crispy garlic potatoes, this one will make you come back time and time again.
As above, date night is all the better when there is Cote de Boeuf involved, and if it is a romantic setting and seriously good steak you’re after, Locks is your best bet. Their 24oz Cote is actually a double beef delight as it is served with braised short rib and crisp ox tail croquettes, as well as irresistible duck fat chips and béarnaise for €60.
For the dedicated meat-lover, a visit to The Chophouse is non-negotiable. In Kevin Arundel’s famed gastropub they are so passionate about their cuts that they will bring around a board for you to choose your own steak. 35 day aged prime Hereford beef from Louth is the order of the day here and you can share a kilo of Cote de Boeuf with garlic green beans, onion marmalade, twice cooked chips and three sauces – bearnaise, peppercorn and garlic butter, all in for €70.
Himalayan salt aged beef is pretty much as good as it gets, and you know you’re in good hands with Oliver Dunne’s ode to the finest Irish cuts – Temple Bar’s Cleaver East. In slick NYC steakhouse style surroundings, a 24oz Cote of Slaney Valley beef is aged for 28 days to intensify the flavour, and served on the bone for a treat of Neanderthal proportions for €51.
A mere month old, Tomahawk has burst onto the scene in the basement of the food-lover’s cave of wonders Dollard and Co, and is quickly making a name for itself as a must-try for lovers of a meat feast. Their Tomahawk Rib-eye for Two is essentially a Cote by another name, which tastes just as sweet(bone in is always best), and a ridiculous 30oz can be yours for €69. Add blue cheese port butter, of course.
A little imagination goes a hell of a long way, with La Maison on Coppinger Row you can trick yourself into thinking you’re on a Parisian adventure. In deference to traditional Gallic gastronomy, La Maison’s Cote de Boeuf is well sourced from Pat McLoughlin, and simply served with peppercorn sauce and bien sur, des frites, to allow the meat to shine, for €65.
Growing up with the name Darina, I was constantly asked if I could cook like my namesake. I am the only person to have contested both Masterchef and the Great Irish Bake Off and am passionate about discovering and creating delicious things – I can sometimes be caught in the act on TV3’s Six O’Clock Show. Working with TheTaste allows me to satisfy this craving and marries my food fascination with my love of writing and ranting.