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Amy Austin | New Dublin Wine Bar Opens This Week

Amy Austin on Dublin’s Drury Street opens this Thursday, February 20. Conceived and created by John Farrell (777, Dillingers and The Butcher Grill), it is a wine bar for wine lovers, with good food too.

Seating fewer than 30 diners, it’s a modest space but boasts a vibrant décor, a broad range of wines on tap and by the bottle, and an eclectic menu to match. With 25 per cent off wine every Monday and Tuesday, two plate deals every day until 6pm, walk ins welcome, and bookings only for four or more, Amy Austin is serious about being relaxed.

The bar offers 12 wines on tap across white, orange and red, available as 150ml (ranging in price from €6 for Amy’s White or Red to €13 for Westell Ortega or Folk Machine Pinot Noir), 500ml or 750ml servings.  Available by the bottle there’s a further 15 whites, 15 reds, two sparkling, two orange and five non-alcoholic wines.

There’s also Aperitivi such as Negroni, a selection of Vermouth and a choice of non-alcoholic drinks and beers too. At the helm of the bar, offering advice and guiding choices, is Rose O’Toole, formerly of Aimsir. The wine selection, representing all major regions and a few niche ones too, will be refreshed regularly with guest wines by tap and bottle.

Amy Austin’s All Day & Night menu was created in a collaboration between Chefs Essa Fakhry of 777 and Matt Raynor, recently returned from London where he was sous chef at South African restaurant Kudu.  There’s a focus on fun and exciting small plates throughout, designed to let the carefully sourced ingredients shine.

Split across a charcuterie and cheese selection, cold and hot dishes and a single delicious dessert, Amy Austin will also offer daily and vegan specials. From midday until 6pm, two plates are priced at €23 or €28 with dessert.

A selection of charcuterie and cheese with guest produce, served with charred bread, preserves or home preserves is priced from €6. A chunk of Hegarty’s Cheddar with thinly sliced white onion is just €5. Lardo on Toast costs €6.50.

Cold plates include 3 Carlingford Oysters with a kimchi bloody mary for €9; Toonsbridge Burrata, crown prince pumpkin, basil pesto and toasted seeds for €11; Andarl Organic Ham Hock Terrine, foie gras and soy pickled Ard Mhacha Shiitake for €12.50; and Yellowfin Tuna Crudo with house ponzu, avocado and sesame for €13.

From the hot selection, there’s Fried Dublin Bay Prawns with garlic toum, bisque and dill for €14; Butter-poached Turbot, potted shrimp, wild garlic and fermented samphire for €15; Veal Ossobucco, borlotti beans, roasted cauliflower purée and salsa verde for €15; Suckling Pig Belly, pickled hispi cabbage and bacon creme fraiche for €14; or Beef Cheek Ragu fried polenta and parmesan cream for €12.

Finish with high quality coffee costing €3, and the current dessert offering, a Poached Pear & Frangipane Tart with Chantilly Cream for €7.

Named as an homage to a famous graffitied declaration of love, now famous in Austin, Texas and beyond, Amy Austin is designed for lovers of wine, food and fun. The restaurant urges readers to drop in, drink, eat and enjoy.

Initially Amy Austin’s opening hours will be from 5pm until late, Monday to Saturday. However, a midday lunchtime opening will be introduced from March 2.

Bookings for four or more are available via the website www.amyaustin.ie or by phoning 01-5486255.

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