Since Craft opened in Harold’s Cross earlier this year, it’s been on the go to list for many, reviewed by the cities finest critics and receiving praise aplenty. Craft is the epitome of neighbourhood dining, casual and reasonably priced yet with great food. Chef Phil Yeung (formerly Town Bar & Grill, Bang) and team are serving modern Irish food in this small yet delightful restaurant.
Open for lunch Thursday – Saturday, Brunch on Sunday and Dinner Wednesday to Saturday, we visited on a Sunday recently for brunch. Inside, it’s a little bigger and more spacious than appears from the street as it’s not just the front part of the restaurant. Past the small bar area, there’s another seating space which leads through to an outdoor courtyard. We were initially seated towards the back but asked to move to the front as it was brighter and with more atmosphere at the time we were there.
The brunch menu is short and not very ‘brunchy’ so if you’re expecting your typical breakfast / brunch options this isn’t what you will find here for the most part. There’s 6 choices on the brunch menu with a couple of sides. There’s a choice of 3 desserts also. I really liked the menu, it’s short but the selection allows you to choose from light dishes through to heavier ‘main’ courses, some you could share as a starter if you wanted to make your brunch longer.
As it was brunch the famed crab crackers weren’t available as a pre brunch nibble (I had heard great things and was all excited to have them!) but I managed to find crab on the menu nonetheless…The Castletownbere crab, avocado, tomato and grilled bread. Beautifully presented with little quenelles of tasty crab meat, the vibrant green avocado dotted between with slices of tomatoes and lightly grilled bread.
The Pat McLoughlin rib-eye, fried egg, dripping potatoes and bearnaise was an easy order for him. Cooked medium rare, the combination of beef and fried egg is a brunch staple I know but it’s executed perfectly. A generous portion of beef dripping potatoes is served separately. Corn-fed chicken Leg, black pudding, green asparagus and girolles was another fine plate of food.
I was driving so the other three were able to enjoy a bottle of Albarino (2014 Burgans, Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain – €34). We finished brunch with coffees before heading on our way, contented and happy.
Our total bill came to €104.50 (not including service) for 4 people. Yes it’s neighbourhood dining but the quality of the food and the place itself will no doubt lure people from more than just the immediate area.
Craft | 208 Harold’s Cross Road, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W | 01 497863 | firstname.lastname@example.org