Crow Street, TempleBar, Dublin
Two mains and two drinks – 70 Euro
When walking round the bustling streets of the Templebar FX Buckley’s Steakhouse can be easily missed. This treasure of an eatery is tucked down a cobbled street that lies just off Dame Street. The only way to know its there is the simple sign that hangs on a lamp post pointing its direction to the reader. Although the quiet side street feels like a world away from the busy street that it intersects with, FX Buckley steakhouse is anything but quiet. Inside the small restaurant comes alive with the chattering and laughing of its guests, which are mostly groups and couples in their twenties and thirties. The walls surrounding them are filled with black and white pictures of the restaurants first owners. As well as pictures the walls also detail the cuts of meat that can be ordered acting as information for the reader.
The menu itself mainly consists of prime cuts of steak that range from rump to fillet and come from the butchers that is owned by the company and has the same name. As well as the array of cuts there are many weights that the diner can choose from. Whilst choosing what to order the staff came around the tables and showed off the different cuts of meat that one could choose from and explained about each one in excellent detail as well as answering any questions the customer may have. For me and my partner, we chose the porterhouse steak, which was a meal for two people. It consisted of a rib-eye steak that was on the bone as well as six sides which were chips, champ, fried onions, mushrooms, broccoli and green beans. Also included were four delightful sauces; peppercorn, red wine jus, garlic butter and béarnaise. As you can imagine this dish was so big the staff had to rearrange our table to enable all the plates to fit.
The dish was cooked beautifully and could not be faulted, the portion size was excellent as it ensured both members has plenty to eat and did not leave hungry. One thing in particular I loved about this dish was the variety and I could taste many different sauces and sides, hence one did not want for anything. Another stand out point were the staff, as they were so polite and knowledgable about their products and it was easy to see that they were proud of the establishment.
One thing I would say however is there is not much on the menu if you or your group do not want red meat, but being an up-market steakhouse this was to be expected. As the restaurant was busy it is essential to book when visiting as many couples had to be turned away as there simply was not enough seats. All together this is an exceptional restaurant that is well worth its price range.