Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Facing my Waterloo

Battle of Waterloo: 1. Keith Duffy and Kathryn Thomas; 2. Romy Carroll and Lisa Woods; 3. Rob Buckley and Suzanne McCabe. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The Waterloo Bar, the old iconic Baggot Street watering hole, has been given a bit of a facelift and a new lease of life. Originally built in 1840 the place has always been a familiar and friendly fa├žade in the heart of Patrick Kavanagh’s “Baggotonia”. Now it combines contemporary elegance with an exciting new food menu and unique selection of wines to offer an alternative to the gastronomes of the locale.

The venue is now presided over by restaurateur Kristan Burness who has a passion for perfection having trained in London, Ireland and Italy. Kristan has excelled at the 3 Michelin star Nicos at 90 Park Lane, entertained royalty at the Eton wine bar in the UK and was brought to Ireland by the infamous Peacock Alley. More recently he’s been at the Greenhouse Restaurant at the Harbourmaster and acted as consultant for many more prestigious restaurants and venues.

A host of familiar faces were welcomed by Kristan Burness and his team and entertained by sultry songstress Patricia Roe upstairs and funky tunes by Cafolla Bass & Drums downstairs. Guests included Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood, presenter Kathryn Thomas, models Alison Canavan and Hazel O Sullivan, Johnny Norton, Triona McCarthy and Will White, Suzanne McCabe and Keith Duffy to name but a few.

The exciting new menu offers locally sourced, quality food. Signature dishes include the 28 day dry aged sirloin steak, succulent grilled lobster, Wicklow venison burger or shin of beef Pie as main courses. A new nocturnal playground with a sophisticated twist on New York Grill food has been on Dublin society’s wish-list for some time and now the Waterloo Bar & Grill steps up to the plate and palate in more ways than one.

See www.thewaterloobarandgrill.ie.