WHAT GEORGINA CAMPBELL’S JAMESON FOOD GUIDE SAYS:
Attractively situated in a leafy corner of town near the museum, Susan Heraghty’s great little place is the neighbourhood restaurant par excellence and a great asset to Dundalk. It occupies a corner site, with windows all along one side giving it a sense of space, a feeling emphasised by the smart simplicity of the decor and table settings. Menus are written in an admirably down-to-earth style – and the same can be said of the prices, notably an exceptional early evening menu (the ‘Express’) which allows you two courses (from a generous selection of about half a dozen starters and main courses, plus several daily fish and vegetarian specials) and includes coffee with a mini-dessert – and the later set menu is not far behind. On whichever, you might get such delicious starter combinations as deep-fried tempura aubergine & courgette with red onion marmalade & curry oil, or a beautifully light crisp-pastried baked tartlette of smoked chicken, tarragon & semi-dried tomato cream – and main courses like Creole salmon with green beans, tossed salad & citrus sour cream, or a provençal style lamb shank with root vegetables & broccoli purée. There has always been a terrific generosity of spirit here – not in overladen plates, but in quality of food and service; the later menu is like the Express but with a little more choice and slightly more sophisticated dishes – but prices are still very reasonable. Everything is just as delicious as it sounds (or even more so), service is good-humoured and efficient. Would that every town in Ireland had a place like this.
Seats 60. Reservations required. Children welcome. House wine from EUR18.95. SC 12.5% on parties 6+. Closed Sun, bank hols. Directions: First left turn after courthouse at “home bakery”.
WHAT BRIDGESTONE GUIDE “BEST IN IRELAND” 1998-2007 HAD TO SAY…..
Susan Heraghty has long been central to Dundalk’s culinary scene, having masterminded The Hazel Tree before opening the comfy, end-of-street room that is No. 32.
Her restaurant is commendably mature, unfussy and disciplined, and her international style of food – Provencal lamb shank; Creole salmon; tempura of aubergine – is handled with deftness and instinctive care. Ms Heraghty has always aimed to create places that are accessible in terms of price, service and food, so No. 32 is like an old friend you are always pleased to see and spend some time with. Value for money – especially for the early evening (5.30pm-7pm) express menus – is just fantastic.