Those visiting Dublin, Ireland may be surprised to learn that the traditional Irish food has completely evolved and improved tremendously over the last 10-15 years. In fact, Ireland is a new culinary destination! One culinary standout in Dublin is the 1837 Bar and Brasserie at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Should you find yourself visiting the Guinness Storehouse, make the time to visit the 1837 Bar and Brasserie and try these ten “must try” foods. Bring your appetite because you are in for a meal to remember.
10 Dishes that Wow from the 1837 Bar and Brasserie at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
It’s true; Ireland is known for its beer. It is the home of Guinness, after all. But that’s not all it should be known for. During my recent trip to Dublin, Ireland I was blown away with the delicious variety and quality of Irish food offered in Dublin. This lucky city is a true foodie destination. And the first stop stop on your culinary tour should be the 1837 Bar and Brasserie at the Guinness Storehouse.
The 1837 Bar and Brasserie is the Guinness Storehouse’s newest acclaimed restaurant. It is named after the year that the classic Guinness and oyster pairing was born. The restaurant offers a wide variety of small plates, salads, large plates, oysters and desserts. I recommend ordering a variety of items and sharing the dishes at your table. That way you can try as much as possible from their amazing menu.
Traveling with the kids and a beer-loving Dad, too? The 1837 Bar and Brasserie has a small children’s menu (geared more towards an adventurous eater) as well as a full line of Guinness variants. These include Guinness Draught, Guinness Original, Foreign Extra Stout, Hop House 13 Lager, Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness Rye Pale Ale. The beers are delicious on their own and are also designed to be paired with the restaurant’s dishes.
If you head to the restaurant, bring your appetite. I’m sharing my top 10 dishes that wow from the 1837 Bar and Brasserie at the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin and each and every one is a must try.
1. Guinness Cured Salmon and Guinness Brown Bread
I have to talk first about the brown bread. I dreamed about the Guinness brown bread for weeks after returning home from Dublin. It was the most delicious bread I’ve ever tasted. And it was made even better by topping it with the Ireland’s flavorful butter from its grass-fed cows or 1837’s deliciously fresh, cured salmon. (Beer Pairing Tip: Guinness Extra Stout).
Because Ireland is surrounded by water, the seafood is very fresh. The raw oysters I had at the Guinness Storehouse are some of the freshest I’ve ever tasted. They can be ordered individually or by half and full dozens. (Beer Pairing Tip: Foreign Extra Stout or Guinness Original).
3. Mushrooms on Toast
This dish features sautéed mushrooms on toast which has been topped with a Guinness garlic butter truffle oil, parmesan and arugula (which Dubliners call ‘rocket’). (Beer Pairing Tip: Guinness Draught).
4. Chorizo and Heirloom Tomato Flatbread
As if heirloom tomatoes aren’t delicious enough on their own, Guinness Storehouse pairs them with chorizo, cheese and arugula for a flatbread perfect for sharing. (Beer Pairing Tip: Foreign Extra Stout).
5. Irish Seafood Chowder
Do you think soups and stews when you think Irish food? Ireland is known for their soups and stews, and 1837’s Irish Seafood Chowder lives up to Ireland’s legacy. It features a creamy base combined with shrimp and fish (Beer Pairing Tip: Dublin Porter).
6. Grilled Sea Bass with Panzanella Salad
Fresh, grilled sea bass served with warm panzanella salad featuring heirloom tomatoes. Need I say more? (Beer Pairing Tip: Dublin Porter).
7. Beef and Guinness Stew
One cannot come to Ireland without trying the stews. The Beef and Guinness Stew is a classic and one that everyone in Dublin recommends. A bonus – it’s topped with mashed potatoes. (Beer Pairing Tip: Guinness Draught).
8. Guinness Burger with Skin-On Fries
If you are a burger fan, the Guinness Burger with skin-on fries is an absolute must. The burger is marinated in Guinness and served with a Guinness chutney. The fries complete the meal for a satisfying dish. (Beer Pairing Tip: Guinness Imperial Stout).
9. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Truffle Cream Sauce
This is such a great side to share. The cauliflower is roasted whole and then topped with a truffle cream sauce. It is beyond delicious. (Beer Pairing Tip: Guinness Draught).
10. Guinness Chocolate Mousse
No meal is complete without dessert. And 1837’s desserts provide the perfect ending, equally as good as their appetizers, main dishes and sides. My favorite was the Guinness Chocolate Mousse. It was decadent and rich and paired perfectly with Guinness Draught. I had a hard time forgetting this delicious dessert.
Ireland’s number one visitor attraction, the Guinness Storehouse, is the highlight of any trip to Dublin. The dining experience at 1837 Bar and Brasserie takes the Storehouse’s experience to a whole new level. 1837 is certainly a dining destination in Dublin that should not be missed. Keep in mind that the menu changes seasonally to take advantage of Ireland’s freshest offerings. Its hours also vary with the seasons.