Dublin’s Crossing is right across from my friend’s place in Cloverdale. They’ve been there a couple times and said it was pretty good. We decided to try it out last Sunday. It was some what empty that day, at least in the front of the house. It is a pretty big restaurant though, with lots of tables further back, outside, and they also have a second floor. Walking in, we weren’t greeted by anyone. Was this another one of those places where you seat yourself? We asked the bartender at the front if we seat ourselves, and we think he said yes, but weren’t sure. After a few minutes of waiting someone finally came to us and seated us.
Their menu had seasonal specials. There were a few things that I wanted to try, but I settled for the Bangers and Mashed because I’ve never had it before, and it is an Irish pub after all. My friends ordered the Dublin Decker sandwich, steak sandwich, and a meat and cheese board (that I was also interested in trying).
My meal came with 3 pork sausages with Calcannon garlic mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables. The pork sausages were pretty good, and it tasted kind of similar to breakfast sausages (which I love), but plumper. I need to go to sausage school haha.. The mashed potatoes weren’t very garlicky, and had a sauce on top that I wasn’t sure what it was. The roasted vegetables were awesome and cooked perfectly (although slightly black – it didn’t detract from the texture or flavour), and dressed with balsamic vinegar.
The steak sandwich first came incomplete, but we didnt’ notice. Someone else served our food and when our actual server came by she said it was missing onion rings, mushrooms and tomato jam. She took it away and came back with the onion rings and mushrooms, but said they were out of the tomato jam. My friend said it was better than the one he had at Original Joe’s because it was a lot less plain. At OJ’s all he could taste was the Montreal steak seasoning, this had a lot more going for it and definitely better. The Dublin decker is a triple decker turkey sandwich. It was really delicious too and the roasted turkey was very juicy. It came with a salad that was OK. My friend was kind of turned off by the canned manadarin orange slices in the salad. The meat and cheese board was huge for $18. My friend got the 3 selection board, which came with Goat Cheese, Blueberry Compote, Stilton, Apricot Chutney, Brie and Red Onion Relish. For the meats, my friend chose the Roast Beef with Horseradish, Roasted Chicken with Chipotle Mayo, and Roasted Ham with Grainy Dijon Mustard. For the meat side, your other choice would have been smoked salmon with a horseradish cream. That’s a lot of food on a board, and the stacks were really big, especially for the meat. It came with focaccia crostini, which of course they dont’ give you enough of. I liked all of the choices except for the apricot chutney which was a bit too sour. The meat was really good, and they gave you a lot of it. I wish they kind of had a legend as to what went with what, because we were kind of just mixing and matching everything. But I guess that’s the way you can come with good flavours – experimentation. After looking at the online menu today, I noticed that the meats and cheeses were infact paired with condiments.
I’d come back for the food. The service was a bit slow on that Sunday night. Although it wasn’t very busy, I don’t think they had enough wait staff.
Dublin Crossing Irish Pub
18789 Fraser Highway, Unit 101