If you are familiar with the local area and its nightlife, you may have already heard of the Dublin House, whether or not you have actually been there yet. Located on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, The “Dub” is as authentic as any pub in Ireland. The weekends are always bustling on the bar side and on the restaurant side, with tables and a bar on both floors. In the summer, the front patio has waitress service as well as a bar and some tables out back; a perfect way to spend a warm night in Red Bank.
The menu has traditional Irish dishes as well as a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, pastas, entrees and weekly specials. The Shepherd’s Pie is my favorite Irish dish. A baked mix of beef, carrots and peas topped with mashed potatoes and Irish cheddar cheese, this is a great comfort food. I ventured there on St. Patty’s Day, and enjoyed my Shepherd’s Pie with a pint of Harp. The Gaelic Chicken is my mother’s favorite selection of the Irish fare, sautéed in Irish whiskey cream sauce with mushrooms and fresh tomatoes. I also enjoy the Dublin House Chicken Curry, an interesting combination of grilled chicken in madras curry sauce, fresh vegetables, coconut milk and Asian spices, and the traditional Bangers & Mash, served in a roasted onion gravy.
For the “Not So Irish”, I often order from the salad selection. My favorite is probably the Grilled Chicken Pesto Salad. As a pesto lover, it’s not often you find it as part of a salad. It’s served with shaved carmelized onion, vine tomato, balsamic pesto grilled chicken and goat cheese. I had never actually liked goat cheese until I had it with this salad, and I like how it melts into the warm chicken and combines with the pesto flavor. They also have entrees including a Prime New York Shell Steak and Teriyaki Chicken, Penne Pesto, Penne a la Vodka, Fettucini Jamalaya, and wraps including the California Chicken Wrap, Teriyaki Crusted Chicken Panini, and of course sandwiches like the traditional Corned Beef and the Corned Beef Melt.
The Dublin House offers weekly specials, a dessert menu and Sunday Brunch served until 3 p.m. (all inclusive with a free bloody mary, mimosa or bellini). My mom and I went there last Friday for dinner and ordered off the Specials menu. For an appetizer, we had the Thai Chicken Spring Rolls made with chicken, oriental vegetables, and asian spices in a philo pastry, served with a cooling Wasabi dipping sauce. We both then ordered the Smokey BBQ Pulled Pork Wrap, slow oven-roasted pork served with carmelized onions, provolone cheese and roasted bell peppers, served in a warm tortilla with crispy fries. Washed down with a Longtrail IPA, my meal was very satisfying. We also indulged in the chocolate lava cake for dessert, served with warm hot fudge, whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
After dinner, the great thing about the Dublin House is that you don’t necessarily have to go home. We went to the bar and had another beer. When the weather is warmer, I usually chose to sit out front for dinner and then go out to the back patio to the Temple Bar for a nightcap. There is never a dull moment at the Dublin, and it’s kind of hard to leave. To cater to sports fans, the bars are stacked with multiple TVs.
This pub also airs soccer and rugby matches, which are fun on Sunday mornings for brunch. On Monday nights, there is a promotional $10 taste of three Irish dishes, and on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month they have traditional Irish Seisiun, featuring the musical talents of Trinity. They also book private parties from 10-100 people.
To find out more information, call 732-747-6699, visit http://www.thedublinhouse.net/ or just stop in and have a pint of Guinness.