A few months ago, I stopped in to Raglan Road to try their Sunday Brunch menu. I had an enjoyable experience, so I recently stopped back in with Matt so he could check it out. While the Sunday Brunch menu is served until 4pm, the “regular” menu is also available. After we decided on what we wanted to eat, we placed our order and were served their delicious Irish Soda Bread.
The bread itself is quite good, but it’s the Olive Oil with Guinness Reduction that really shine. Matt thought it was awesome, too.
Though debating between ordering from the brunch menu or lunch menu, he ultimately opted for the Pancakes Diaspora: Homemade pancakes with creme fraiche, maple syrup and mixed berry compote. Matt’s not big on berries, with the exception of strawberries, so I ended up eating the other berries from the compote. There were very good, with just a touch of sweetness, but allowing the flavors of the berry to shine.
The serving of pancakes is quite large, so he only made it about halfway through the stack. I think he would have preferred to nix the maple syrup and slather the cakes with butter. 🙂
Looking over the cocktail menu, I had to order the Jay’Gail Sangria again. It’s described as a refreshing blend of Magners Cider, Peach Schnapps and Fruit Liqueurs & squeezes. On my last visit, the drink was a bright yellow. My recent version had a pink hue. It was still very delicious! I love the use of Magners as a base, giving the drink a bit of carbonation. Matt kept stealing sips from it. Get your own! 😉 I seriously need to make a translation of this at home.
Since it was early afternoon, I was more in a lunch mode, so I ordered the Dalkey Duo from the appetizer menu. Dalkey Duo is battered cocktail sausages with a Dalkey mustard dipping sauce. Six of the sausage are served atop forks, with three or four in a bowl off to the side.
My order was served without the Dalkey mustard dipping sauce, and after a couple minutes, I caught the bartender’s attention and requested the mustard. I was given regular yellow mustard, and I must have had a look of confusion on my face because she said, “Oh… they didn’t get you the mustard that comes with the dish.” She apologized and quickly went to retrieve it for me.
The sausages were nicely fried with a crispy skin, but be warned, the meat is quite salty, and it sneaks up on you. A couple pieces in, and I struggles to eat any more. Granted, this is meant to be shared, so a few sausages probably aren’t as intense as trying to eat it as a meal.
The Dalkey mustard had a bit of sweetness to it, almost like a honey mustard. I think I would have preferred the yellow mustard after all, at least for its peppery, vinegary bite. I know, that’s blasphemy at Raglan Road. Can I please get some Colman’s then? 😉 Despite the saltiness, I would still order these again. I just need to get my palette adjusted to/prepared for it. I found the same saltiness when I ordered Bangers and Mash at Rose & Crown Dining Room.
Overall we had a great experience. The band was enjoyable (although LOUD!) and got the crowd involved clapping and singing to The Wild Rover, and the dancing was fun to watch. It’s definitely worth a visit for Sunday Brunch, but if it doesn’t fit into your schedule, any time will do, even if only for a pint!