Moloughney’s Restaurant in Clontarf, Dublin 3, has been awarded Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the Month for December. Located just off the seafront, in what has become the ‘restaurant quarter’ of Clontarf, this atmospheric two-storey restaurant is an inviting place that’s full of character and fantastic food.
Currently in its seventh year, the Just Ask campaign has been wholeheartedly embraced by the restaurant trade. The campaign encourages diners to look for information on where food on their plate comes from, and encourages chefs to profile their local suppliers on menus. Selected by renowned food writer Georgina Campbell and Bord Bia, the Just Ask Restaurant of the Month rewards eateries across Ireland that exhibit best practices in showing transparency in the sourcing of the food on their menus.
Since its opening in 2009, Moloughney’s has always been focussed on Irish produce. At Moloughney’s they change the menu at least every six weeks, but will never vary from conveying – on all menus and the website – a sense of pride in the suppliers they work with and produce that sets them apart from others.
Chef Owner Liam Moloughney and Head Chef John Fitzmaurice insist on Irish produce wherever possible. According to Liam, “At Moloughney’s we believe in letting the food tell the story. We are proud to be working with local and Irish suppliers and include a statement on our website and menus confirming that all of our meat, poultry, game and eggs are of Irish origin. William Drohan supplies us with Comeragh Mountain Lamb from Waterford, we get our free-range pork from Clonanny Farm in The Naul, North County Dublin and wild Irish game is from Ballymooney Meats. McKenna’s of Clontarf, O’Mahony Meats and Tolka Eggs supply us with our beef, pork, poultry and eggs. We only use fish caught from Irish waters supplied to us by Doran’s of Howth, Kish Fish and Moran’s Seafood.”
“Other suppliers include: Walsh’s Bakehouse, for their Waterford blaas; The Bretzel Bakery, Dublin for their fresh bread and vegetables from Clonanny Farm and Vernon Stores. All our cheeses are Irish (Gubbeen Cheddar, Milleens, Killeen Goats, Cashel Blue, St.Killian Camembert and Toonsbridge Mozzarella) and supplied by Traditional Cheese, Pallas and Lilliput Stores.”
Moloughney’s Irish ethos also extends to drinks and Liam notes, “We promote a number of Irish craft beers including three from Hope Brewery in Howth; a selection from Dungarvan Brewing Company, Waterford; Eight Degrees Brewing and the Fransican Well Brewery, both in Cork. Con’s Irish Cider and apple juice come from the Apple Farm in Tipperary and we have both Dingle Gin and Blackwater Gin on the menu. Our coffee is roasted fifteen minutes up the road in Bewleys, Northern Cross and we use Clement & Pekoe for loose leaf tea”.
“Most of all, Moloughney’s is a fun and relaxed place to be, a place that walks the walk,” commented Georgina Campbell. “Great for coffee, breakfast, lunch or a serious dinner, it’s a restaurant working really hard to please a discerning market at the right price, and there’s a huge sense of community and pride in the area too.”
For additional information on Just Ask and previous Just Ask winners, or to find out how to get involved, visit www.bordbia.ie.
Further information on Moloughney’s Restaurant visit www.moloughneys.ie.