I used to love the Dubliner. Great food, great atmosphere, great beer list and general good time. I was sad when, a few years ago, they closed. I had the same reaction to Jack Quinn’s closing in Covington.
I liked both restaurants because they reflected not only pseudo-Irish culture, but also real English specialties. Curries, for example, are very popular in London and other parts of the UK because of the Indian influence. I adored The Dubliner’s chicken tikka boxty, so when I saw it on the menu again at Molly Malone’s, I was excited to try it.
Man, was I disappointed: the potato pancake was tasteless, the sauce tasted jarred, with large chunks of overcooked chicken. Sigh. I have no good place to get a good curry boxty around here anymore.
Terry got the fish and chips– and though the chips were unspectacular, the fish was good, in a nice crispy breading. It’s not as good as Nicholson’s, but not bad.
Their beer list is great– go here for beer, fish and chips, and English football. Just don’t get too adventurous.
(Also, if you head to the other Molly Malone’s location, check out the fact that everything is still emblazoned with the initials “JQ”. I found this amusing when I was in their party room this weekend.)