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Amy Austin Opens this Thursday

Dublin’s newest wine bar, Amy Austin, is to open this Thursday 20th February on Drury Street, Dublin 2.

Conceived and created by John Farrell, Amy is a wine bar for wine lovers, with an all day food menu, and was named as an homage to a graffitied declaration of love, now famous in Austin, Texas. At the helm of the bar is Rose O’Toole, formerly of Aimsir. The unit was previously Sasha House Petite.

Amy 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), or as 500ml or 750ml servings.

Available by the bottle there’s a further 15 whites, 15 reds, 2 sparkling, 2 orange and 5 non-alcoholic wines. There’s also aperitivi such as Negroni, a selection of Vermouth and a choice of non-alcoholic drinks and beers.

The wine selection, representing all major regions and mmore, will be refreshed regularly with guest wines by tap and bottle.

Amy Austin’s menu was created in a collaboration between Chefs Essa Fakhry of 777 and Matt Raynor, recently returned from London, who now takes over at the pass. There’s a focus on small plates throughout. Food suppliers include CAterway, La Rousse, and Tartine Bakery.

A selection of charcuterie and cheese, with guest produce, is all served with charred bread, preserves or home preserves priced from €6. A chunk of Hegarty’s cheddar served with thinly sliced white onion is €5, or lardo on toast for €6.50.

Cold plates include 3 Carlingford oysters served with kimchi bloody mary (€9); Toonsbridge Burrata, crown prince pumpkin, basil pesto and toasted seeds (€11); Andarl organic ham hock terrine, foie gras, soy pickled Ard Mhacha Shiitake (€12.50); and yellowfin tuna crudo with house ponzu, avocado, sesame (€13).

From the hot selection, there’s fried Dublin Bay prawns with garlic toum, bisque and dill (€14); butter-poached turbot, potted shrimp, wild garlic, fermented samphire (€15); veal ossobucco, borlotti beans, roasted cauliflower purée, salsa verde (€15); suckling pig belly, pickled hispi cabbage, bacon creme fraiche (€14); and beef cheek ragu fried polenta, parmesan cream (€12).

The current dessert is poached pear & frangipane tart with Chantilly cream (€7).

Seating fewer than 30 diners, the bar boasts a broad range of wines on tap and by the bottle. Specials currently available include 25% off wine every Monday and Tuesday, and two plate deals every day until 6pm.

Amy Austin welcoms walk-ins and bookings for groups of four or more, and is dog friendly.

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