Sunday, 8 November 2020

Daffodil Mulligan

New age Irish cuisine

Hannan’s Sugar Pit Pork Rainbow Chard, Gochujang

Irish chef Richard Corrigan is one of the most respected chefs in the UK, so when he teamed up with 2 other fellow Irish to launch Daffodil Mulligan in Old Street, it was a big deal. Interestingly enough, before Daffodil Mulligan was launched back in 2019, there was another Irish restaurant in its place but lasted just over a year. When COVID-19 came around, I was wondering if Daffodil Mulligan would suffer the same faith. Thankfully, it has since reopened with an Irish theme menu that has plenty of international flavours infusion. The menu has a large selection of small plates that aim for sharing and many of the mains are cooked in its in-house wood oven or open fire grill.

Pig Cheek, Tamarind & Brown Crab

Beef Tartare & Oyster Cream

Cured salmon, mustard

I picked a few small plates to kick off my meal, the beef tartar arrived in a fashionable style within two oyster shells, along with an oyster cream for dipping. The tartar was disappointed, it was very chewy with some trace of tissue still remained. The pig cheek arrived in a skewer format, with a spicy crab sauce. The sauce was rich with a mixture of sweet and spicy taste which worked well with the moist pig cheek. One of the mains I had was the in-season roasted grouse, the gamey taste was strong but that's how I like it, the meat was tender, well seasoned and the barley absorbed all the lovely meat taste. The showstopper 800kg wing ribs were also pretty decent, nice meaty taste with just the right level of smoky tone. However, there are so many steak joints that can do an even better job and most likely at a lower price.

Chargrilled Octopus Grains & Pomegranate

Hannan’s Beef Rib

If you haven't been told is an Irish themed restaurant, you will never think it is in a million years, the cooking was very international and modern, which I found it a little confusing. I sample about 12 dishes across its menu and I would say some were great, but also some very average and overpriced dishes. Within Shoreditch, there are so many excellent restaurants and Daffodil Mulligan is some way off to that high standard for me.

Food 2.5/5

Average cost without drinks and services:


70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ

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