Having been for drinks, I was eager to try Peruke & Periwig for food. There was some good reviews out there on the food; while some criticizing the lighting and so on, the overall feeling on food was that it was very good. So after a couple hours trying various wines at the O’Briens Wine Fair, I and Kate from Kates Kabin set off for Peruke & Periwig (with a little pitstop for (another) glass of wine in Fire…)
Peruke & Periwig is from Pressup – the same people as The Liqueur Rooms, Vintage Cocktail Club – so you can get the idea, very cool, quite different and quirky and very cocktail focused. When you enter, its to the ground floor bar, with dark wood, leather and (lots of) wigs as decor. We had booked a table for dinner, so headed up the stairs and w to the 3rd floor where we were seated.
To start, we needed a change from wine so ordered a couple of cocktails – Kate chose a ‘Bonded Martini’ and I went for the ‘Dia Del Muertos’ otherwise known as a Margarita…So here’s the thing about the cocktails, they taste gorgeous, of that there’s no doubt, but they are teeny tiny and at an average of €12 far too teeny tiny. A little bit more liquid in my glass please…
We decided not to order one thing each but instead a few different dishes to share – ‘family style’…starting with olives while we decided on the rest.
Wild Mushroom Risotto Balls with Baby Spinach and Poached Quail Eggs, Truffle Oil (€11), Sticky Pork Short Ribs with Apple Cider and Whisky Glaze (€11), Smoked Haddock and Dublin Bay Prawn Gratin with Braised Leeks, Gruyère Cheese and Crusty Bread, (€12.50), Shoestring Fries (€4).We also chose a bottle of red wine to go with all the delicious food. The wine list is short but good options.
Of all the dishes, the risotto balls were definitely the star, just gorgeous and I’d go back for them alone! The ribs were tender, falling off the bone. I was disappointed with the gratin – there didn’t seem to be the same strong flavors evident in other dishes. The fries with a lovely mayo dip were delicious and they were all polished off.
We followed all of this with a dessert to share – Chocolate Fondant – of course!
I really liked the food at Peruke, the quality of the ingredients and the presentation. I liked the ambiance and atmosphere too in Peruke. I just wish the cocktails were a little bigger, or same size priced less. I will definitely return though for the food, and the wine. A nice spot for a few sharing plates and a glass or two of wine.
Peruke & Periwig, 31 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
Ph: 00353 1 672-7190 www.peruke.ie
Read my review of Brunch at the Vintage Cocktail Club here…