The Dalkey Duck, formerly McDonaghs, on Dalkey’s Castle Street, has been fully refurbished to create a brand new restaurant, bar and live music venue.
With a front terrace, snug, large bar, dining room and beautiful garden and terraces for al fresco entertaining, The Dalkey Duck is the latest venture by proprietor Gary Whelan, an Irish actor known for his work on Ballykissangel, The Bill and Eastenders.
The décor, menus and management are all new, but The Dalkey Duck retains the traditional warmth and welcome of a family run Irish gastropub. Open for lunch, dinner and serving bar snacks too, there’s a modern Irish menu offering food and drink to suit everyone, whether you fancy oysters and champagne or burgers and craft beer.
A prix fixe menu served from 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday to Thursday, starts at just €20 for two courses with a choice of three dishes for each course. Added to that, all wines are half price all night from Tuesday to Thursday.
Under the eye of Kristan Burness, the all new menus have a broad appeal. Dishes on the a la carte menu include a half dozen Carlingford oysters (€14) either au natural or with shallot & cabernet sauvignon vinaigrette, served up with stout bread; and salty butter lobster linguine (c. €25) with lobster meat mixed through fresh linguine in a shellfish bisque sauce. Fish & chips (€18) is two large tempura fillets of hake, with tartar, a charred lemon, crisp fries and vinegar. Classics include a chicken & ham pie (€16) of a ragout of local corn-fed chicken, ham hock with a puff pastry lid, mash and summer greens.
The lunch menu ranges from soup of the day (€4.50), surf clam and salt cod chowder (€8.50), to salads and open toasted sandwiches such as grilled local mackerel and sauce vierge (€9.50), to larger plates priced from €14, including burgers in Nemo or Dexter style, steak, fish & chips, and wild mushroom risotto (€16).
From Veuve Clicquot at €65 to a wide range of Irish and international craft beers in bottles, 14 different beers on tap, cocktails, aperitifs and liqueurs, The Dalkey Duck is well stocked.
Live music is a regular feature at The Dalkey Duck with artists performing almost every evening. Favourites on the bill include Dermot Byrne, Ben Prevo, The Brook Singers, upcoming funk and soul band Sapcevolk, Brenda Bourke who brings a bi-monthly singalong around the piano to the Duck and Irish rock legends, Leo O’Kelly and Garvan Gallagher.