Cleaver East Bound For Dublin Opening On 29 July

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Cleaver East

Cleaver East, the latest venture from chef Bon Appétit’s Oliver Dunne along with Rory Carville (formely of Locks Brasserie in Portobello), is set to open on Dublin’s East Essex Street in Temple Bar from Monday 29 July. Food trials will be running next week, with reservations.

To paraphrase Oliver Dunne from the Cleaver East blog, it’s not going to be a fine dining restaurant and they’re not after another Michelin Star. Cleaver East will be a tasting plate restaurant, not serving tapas, but serving complete fully garnished dishes in smaller tasting sizes with prices ranging from €5 to €15.

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On the official word…

Cleaver East won’t be ‘cheap’, it will be inexpensive, a place to hang out regularly if you love your food well thought-out, well presented, well tasty, without any bull or tripe. The newly designed dining space will dish up inventive, delicious, locally sourced food at a price that will be achievable for all, from €5 to €15. Cleaver East will be an offering of modern Irish food: palate ticklers and nasal kickers that reflect our multiculture, our precious homegrown treasures, our island hopping heritage, all the smells and tastes we pack into our memories after every adventure, be it Aughrim or Auckland.

Cleaver East will be all about really good food, made by a hugely talented team who see their new restaurant as a blank chopping board, a loaded pantry and a licence to experiment. You’ll be taken care of by people who are happy to see you and appreciative of your hard earned cash. Not resting on past accolades, stars and big man talk, Dunne and Carville are letting the public decide, by offering 20% off every food order for the first month of opening. Come and try it. They’re pretty confident you’ll be back.

Cleaver East will open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and there will be daily specials to ensure the chefs earn their keep. A new uber-cool central bar, in the space that was formerly The Tea Rooms, will feature a full complement of wines and spirits, interesting after food tipples and cocktail concoctions to compliment the food and the mood.

Speaking ahead of the restaurant opening, Oliver Dunne said

‘I’ve wanted to open this type of restaurant for a long time; it’s the style of food that I love to create. I want people to come to Cleaver East, be comfortable, have great food and leave with a smile on their face. Cleaver East is for everyone, not just foodies or fans of expensive restaurants, because that’s not what we are about. This will be a fun restaurant and we hope people will have as much fun hanging out there as we’ve had bringing it to life.’ Oliver

Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.