• Cyril McAree

Gallagher’s Boxty House Turns 30 This Year

Gallagher’s Boxty House, situated in the middle of bustling Temple Bar turns 30 this year and they want to celebrate with you. On Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 between 5pm and 7pm, the Dublin Restaurant will hold a party to celebrate, in their Temple Bar location. Enjoy nibbles, drinks and stories from over the years as we celebrate this iconic restaurant and everything it has done for irish cuisine, both at home and abroad.

Gallagher’s Boxty House was established in 1988 and opened in Temple Bar in February 1989 by chef Pádraic Óg Gallagher. At this time, Temple Bar was a very different place to what it is today, the rent was cheap and it was seen as an undesirable part of the Capital however his risk paid off and now the location has evolved into an international iconic must visit place. Today, the restaurant caters for up to 3000 local and international customers a week and the relaxed, warm atmosphere provides a natural habitat for conversation to flow easily and to share stories. With Gallagher’s Boxty House turning 30 this year, Pádraic Óg said: ‘It seems such a short time ago that the 79 bus was whizzing past our door or indeed I was enjoying a pint and a game of rings during my afternoon break in Flannery’s on Temple Lane. I can only say if the next 30 years are as interesting and enjoyable, I will have very little to complain about’.

Pádraic Óg first had the idea for his restaurant as a young man, while working in Caracas, Venezuela. Originally from Co.Leitrim and having fond memories of eating Boxty growing up he had the idea to develop it and to take centre stage in the menu for Gallagher’s Boxty House, his traditional Irish restaurant.. As a trained chef, he returned to Ireland, opened his restaurant and thirty years later he is still making boxty history.

Boxty is traditional Irish potato bread, made by mixing mashed potato with grated potato and flour. The mixture is turned into pancakes and fried, formed into balls and boiled, or kneaded into loaves and baked. The earliest literary reference to boxty can be found in the collection of short stories by William Carlton, Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry first published in 1828. Gallagher’s Boxty House has continued to deliver traditional Irish food that teaches the diner more about the origins of traditional boxty.. “The Humble Spud Made Beautiful” is the ethos of the restaurant, which uses natural ingredients from artisan food producers from all over the island of Ireland. His modern take on the traditional boxty has been hugely successful. One dish on the Gallagher Boxty House Menu is: “Our Famous Gaelic Boxty” which is described on the menu as: Tender medallions of Irish Fillet Beef in a Whiskey and Mushroom Cream Sauce wrapped in a traditional Leitrim Boxty pancake. The restaurant also serves their ever popular Boxty Fries, which is a unique take on the French Fry: Crispy, Deep-fried Strips of Boxty Pancake with a Rocket & Garlic Mayo. Gallagher’s Boxty House also serves coddles and stews, steaks, seafood, vegetarian dishes as well as child friendly special dishes. Their Dublin Coddle and their Irish Stew are firm favourites with customers.

Gallagher’s Boxty House is a place where there is a strong connection with the land, our culture and our history, a place to invite people to embrace the origins of Boxty and the home grown produce on their menus.

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