I am a huge lover of Oliver Dunne’s Cleaver East and I’ve previously written about it here. When the Eatily popup was announced I knew I had to try it. It’s a pop-up and only open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for four weeks. Unfortunately, I think it’s finished now unless they are extending it. Anyway here’s what I got.
I had Italian Goats Cheese and Pesto Cornetto’s, Pecan Praline, Blood Orange and Beetroot for my starter.
Visually I thought this dish was stunning and it tasted as nice as it looked. The goats cheese (which I’ve recently become a huge fan of) was gorgeous and goats cheese paired with beetroot is a great combination. The pecan praline gave the dish a nice crunch and the blood orange gave it a nice tangy edge.
For his starter, LP had Crab and Pear Cannelloni, Piccolo Tomatoes, Basil and Mascarpone Mousse, Roast Pine nut Dressing.
Again, another visually stunning dish. LP loved it. Proclaiming he’d won with his choice but mine was definitely nicer.
Both starters were designed to look like desserts which is a concept I haven’t seen in Dublin before. It’s pretty cool and it did impress me and I’d order what I had again.
For my main, I had Roast Rump of Leccese Lamb, Sprouting Broccoli, Gorgonzola Jelly, Smoked Almonds, Roast Spring Garlic and Agrodolce Sauce.
Having never tried Agrodolce sauce before I didn’t really know what to expect. I’d never even heard of it. To me, it tasted kind of like BBQ sauce. Kind of sweet and sour. Not something I’d have put with lamb but it worked really well. I found the lamb a little tough to cut but it tasted gorgeous. The broccoli and garlic were lovely as well.
LP had Slow Cooked Spiced Rare Breed Pork Fillet, Dublin Bay Prawn Ravioli, Pea Puree, Prosciutto and Copa Farce.
The pork was mouth watering. Every part of the dish was perfect. The prawn ravioli was a nice touch. LP hasn’t shut up talking about it since so I think if he was given the chance he’d go back and order it again.
There was an option of 3 sides and as per usual, we ordered them all. Chips with Parmesan, Tomatoes and Feta, and Broccoli with Goats Cheese and hazelnut.
All three were gorgeous but the broccoli stood out for me as the nicest. I’m just a massive lover of broccoli, though. The tomatoes and feta was a nice change for a side. It was cold but very refreshing. The chips had some sort of thick gravy on them which was gorgeous as well.
For dessert, I had Coconut Milk Panna Cotta, Fresno Chilli and Pineapple Zuppa, Passionfruit and Mango Gelato.
TBH, I was a bit let down by this. It was a nice dessert but compared to the starter and main it didn’t seem to be at the same standard. Don’t get me wrong, it was lovely and if I got it anywhere else I probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid but it just seemed to be a slight step down from the gorgeous goats cheese and lamb I had previously.
LP had Mascarpone and Coffee Tiramisu, Dulse Chocolate Glaze, Candied Pistachios, Stout Ice Cream
LP felt the same about his dessert. While it was nice, it wasn’t anything memorable. He liked the stout ice cream but I wasn’t a fan at all. Both desserts didn’t look as visually appealing as the previous courses which is a shame.
Would I go back to Eatily? If it was possible, yes.
What did I not like? As I’ve said already, the desserts were a bit of a let down for me. Also, through no fault but my own, because I hadn’t eaten much that day, I was still starving leaving.