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Shelbourne Social Opens in Ballsbridge

Shelbourne Social, the newest venture by restaurateur Dylan McGrath, has officially opened in Ballsbridge, Dublin.

The 85 seater venue, in close proximity to the Aviva Stadium, incorporates a sequence of spaces, including large-scale, light-filled gathering areas along with intimate dining and cocktail niches, arranged at ground floor and mezzanine level. The material palette utilises materials sourced from around the world, including Regia and Arabasacato marbles from Italy, soft and naturally pigmented leathers from Spanish tanneries and naturally stained American oaks.

The interior design is by London outfit 20.20 Limited, who also designed the hospitality suites at Arsenal Football club, London Stadium, The Royal Ascot, Etihad Stadium and Anfield. The décor is described as “a clash of off-beat art and grown-up sophistication, combining laid-back luxury, high-end dining and a cutting-edge vibe, which delivers a new social venue with a playful, urban vibe to the heart of Ballsbridge”.

Diners can look forward to dishes such as whole ducks and chickens carved at the table, as well as whole dry-aged short ribs smoked for up to nine hours for up to eight people.

Also on the menu is a Hot Curd Bread section. Made with a base of curd and described by Dylan as being like an Irish potato bread that’s cooked like a large pancake, the made-to-order dish comes as two large pieces of bread that you rip up and dip in different components, with options including hen’s egg and smoked trout roe, foie gras with poached winter plum, and Ossetra caviar with butter.

Shelbourne Social is the sixth restaurant concept and third bar concept from the restaurant group operated by Dylan McGrath and his business partner Vincent Melinn. The group's other key players are Billy Creaney and Gerard Melinn.

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