The Seafood Bar by Wright’s of Howth will open this evening (Friday 27th November) on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Located directly facing Dublin’s Mansion House, The Seafood Bar will offer a menu of fresh local seafood and more, from early morning seven days a week, and for dinner 6 nights a week, in a relaxed style. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 7am to late, Sunday 8am to 4pm.
Promising great food served in a casual, affordable style, The Seafood Bar menu is built around classic dishes with a modern twist, complemented by a keenly priced wine list and cool cocktails. From Thursday through to Saturday, a late night bar the “Funky Fish Cocktail Club” will serve up cocktails, champagne and seafood platters and great tunes featuring international DJ Mo Kelly every Friday night. The availability of quality late night food is a unique offering to the Dublin market. The Seafood Bar will be managed by Martina Fox, who brings a wealth of restaurant management experience and an enviable black book!
Wright’s of Howth has been synonymous with the best of Irish seafood and shellfish since they started smoking Irish salmon in1893. The Seafood Bar is their latest venture adding to their existing operations which encompass a seafood export wholesale business together with retail and restaurant businesses.
The Seafood Bar makes the most of the Engineers Hall at the Dawson Hotel which formerly housed La Stampa restaurant and is regarded as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. A complete refurbishment has created a stylish yet relaxed space, skillfully sectioned. To the right as guests enter, there’s a mirrored Seafood Bar with oyster counter, complemented by high marble topped tables and bar seats, creating a casual dining and drinking area. With a new smoked oak floor throughout, large mirrors, chandeliers and booth style seating, the main dining area is stylish and impressive, but uncluttered, allowing the room’s scale and dimensions to shine through.
At the rear of The Seafood Bar, theatrical velvet drapes frame the entrance to the Funky Fish Cocktail Club, which can also be accessed from Anne’s Lane. The Funky Fish Cocktail Bar boasts dramatic interior design, a reclaimed bar and sumptuous velvet seating and décor in shades of sea green. Themed cocktails, late night DJs and seafood platters will make for the perfect late night destination.
Signature dishes on the Dinner Menu include the starter Steamed East Coast Razor Clams, with cream and garlic white wine sauce and homemade brown bread (€14.95). The Warm Seafood Platter of calamari, crab claws, fish tempura, mussels and gambas is for a minimum of two people at €23.95 per person. It can be made even more indulgent by adding Crab Mornay for €9.95 or a Half Lobster for €13.95. The Wright’s of Howth Crab Mornay is Kilmore Quay crab meat with traditional mornay sauce and chargrilled country loaf (€24.95).
From the Lunch Menu, Chef’s picks include the Wright’s Seafood Assiette, with Giga Sligo oysters, smoked salmon, dressed Kilmore Quay crab meat, Dublin Bay prawn cocktail served with baby greens and citrus dressing (€13.95), the Wrights of Howth Oak Smoked Salmon, with dill cream, caper berries, rocket and homemade brown bread (€9.95), and the Kilmore Quay Crab Burger, with roast red pepper salsa, rocket, beef tomato, red onion on a malted grain bap with house fries and lemon aioli (€18.95).
The extensive menus include plenty of choice to suit any palate: Brandy infused chicken liver paté, served with fig & pear chutney €8.95; Hummus, with flatbread and crudites €5.95; Spicy buffalo chicken wings, with Cashel Blue cheese dip €7.95. For meat lovers, the Chargrilled Fillet of Irish Beef is served with crispy onion string, home fries & brandy pepper or bérnaise sauce at 8oz, 10oz or as a 10oz rib eye at €27.95, €33.95 and €24.95.