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The Winding Stair

The Winding Stair Review

Once Dublin's favorite secondhand bookshop–café, the Winding Stair now houses an atmospheric, buzzing little restaurant, replete with old wooden floors, simple decor, a downstairs bookshop, and grand views of the Ha'penny Bridge and the river Liffey. Upstairs, former habitués will enjoy seeing the old bookcases around the walls (some of which are now stacked with wine). Hearty portions of upmarket traditional Irish food best describes the terrific menu, which is greatly helped by locally sourced ingredients, and reads like a list of small, artisan Irish producers. The wild venison cushion with colcannon bake, buttered kale, and wild mushrooms is a standout, as is the flatbread with Irish ricotta, whipped artichoke, and tomato sauce. An inventive wine list and a wonderful Irish farmhouse-cheese selection are two more treats on offer. Your sweet tooth insists that you try the bread-and-butter pudding for dessert.

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Updated: 04-26-2013

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