The long-awaited Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper from Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve softly opened its doors last night, but it wasn't more than a few minutes before it was packed to capacity. I arrived around 6:45 to a mob-scene of customers eagerly devouring their paper-wrapped orders of fish and chips.
The small space is beautiful with a long counter and stools in back, chandeliers and dark wood paneling. Customers place orders based on the chalkboard menu and pay at the counter. For the fish, diners are offered the choice of cod, ray or a daily fish special. I ordered the lightly-battered and perfectly moist cod and ray and a generous serving of hand-cut chips. Both fish and chips come with one sauce accompaniment, and there are seven options. I selected the housemade tartar sauce and hot chili aioli for the fish, and for the chips, the perfectly spiced curry sauce, my favorite. Other sauce choices include an Old Bay-spiced mayonnaise (the Chesapeake), a remoulade (Marie Rose) and Dijon mustard (French).
The food is cooked-to-order and arrives in brown paper bags, so you have the option of joining other diners at one of the communal tables or taking it to-go. As the restaurant was already packed-to-the-gills, I greedily grabbed my bag and took it to a nearby park bench.
As one would expect, Chef Armstrong elevates the fast food to a new level. Though the focus is on food from the fryer (I'll have to make a second trip to try the battered "burgher" and the fried Mars bars), the fish tasted light and delicate. The restaurant expects to receive its liquor license this week, but for the time-being, fish-mongers can make do with the Irish sodas.
If you have room for dessert, there are the Mars bars, doughnuts or a variety of Cadbury chocolate bars. Prices are a huge departure from what Restaurant Eve fans have come to expect: The ray is the most expensive item on the menu at $8, and a large helping of chips will set you back $3.50.
"Thanks be to Cod" is the motto on the door as you enter. Thanks, indeed.
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