Last Thursday we decided to visit The Barking Dog restaurant on the Malone Road to celebrate my mum’s, sister’s and brother’s birthdays. The Barking Dog is owned by the same team as the popular Coppi and Il Pirata, so a lot to live up to! (Incidentally, it has just been announced that they will soon open a new restaurant in Portballintrae.)
We arrived at 6.30pm and I was impressed with the atmosphere, from the exposed brick walls to the mismatched furniture and dark lighting. A nice romantic setting for a first date, perhaps.
For starters the five of us decided to share a few tapas, opting for 5 dishes for £12. We decided upon the Beef Shortrib (with Pickled Carrot and Spicy Dipping Sauce), 2 x Pan Fried Chorizo Sausage (with Sourdough bread), Crispy Pork Belly Bites, and the Baby Mozzarella (which was accompanied by Sun Dried Tomatoes. Rocket and basil). It was a lovely mix and a nice way to start the meal.
For main course, the three birthday ones treated themselves to 10oz Salt Aged Rib eye steak and chips, while Barry picked the Tiger Prawns with Herb Gnocchi and I chose one of the day’s specials- a beautiful slow beef ravioli. John remarked the steak was one of the nicest he’d tasted- so a big claim from him!
For dessert, my sister and I went for the Chocolate Nemesis (a soft goey brownie), while my brother had the Sticky Toffee Pudding. As a chocolate fan, the Nemesis certainly satisfied my sweet tooth and I could have eaten more. Mum went for the homemade apple tart while Barry chose to finish with ice cream.
The meal was really enjoyable, from the food, right to the service and the atmosphere. The whole meal (including drinks and a 10% service charge added on) came to £187. A lovely restaurant if you’re out celebrating a birthday or anniversary (or, of course, that first date!)
Barking Dog steak