Dublin 7 is still an up and coming area, but the selection of eateries in the area is starting to look impressive. Mulligans has a well established name as one of the city’s finest gastropubs. Third Space on Smithfield square is making waves as a creative and community space as well as a restaurant and reports are even in that Oscars has banished its shaky reputation to become a real contender for a night out. The news that Jo Burger’s next outpost will be in Smithfield is a further boost to this healthy restaurant scene.
The D7 restaurant I’d really been meaning to try was Seven Social, which Lucinda O’Sullivan described as a ‘rare gem’ but, after seeing the scalding replies the restaurant’s boss was doling out in reply to bad reviews on Trip Advisor, we decided against it. Of course all restaurant owners have the right to defend themselves against criticism, but a full blown argument with a couple of non-tippers can be pretty off-putting.
So, off we went to Wuff, who hadn’t argued with anyone on Trip Advisor. The first thing that struck me about Wuff was how it felt a bit like Berlin. Maybe it was the heavy curtain they have draped around the door, a draught-blocking feature that you often see in the chilly German capital? Maybe it was the iron grids on the windows or the funky yet understated décor, I’m not sure, but if I was designing a restaurant, this is exactly what I would go for.
The staff at Wuff are hip and very charming, making me feel like my menu choices were inspired and telling me that the name and the doggy based décor are due to the restaurant’s dog-mad owner. The description on Wuff’s website is of a “locally owned, cozy, neighbourhood Bistro” and that is pretty spot on. They also mention innovation and the use of prime produce from Ireland and abroad which we couldn’t argue with either.
There was real care and attention in every dish. The poached egg in the asparagus and chorizo starter had been coated in breadcrumbs and lightly fried, an excellent touch which lifted the dish to another level.
The mains of pork belly and hake were well cooked, beautifully presented and made with fine ingredients, no complaints there.
The best thing about this neighbourhood restaurant though is the intimate and cosy feel of the dining room. There was no music the night we were there, something that will appeal to some people. Personally I think a few tunes would have complemented the atmosphere. All in all Wuff is serving great food in a lovely setting. Maybe it’s just me but if I had to pick the perfect restaurant dining room this would be it. Dublin needs more of this please.
23 Benburb Street,
01 532 0347