Enoteca delle Langhe is a place I've often walked past (as it's slap bang in the middle of the Italian Quarter, i.e. facing 'The Last Supper' wall)...
Having recently been tipped off on the excellent cheese and cold meats platter, I decided it was time to try for myself. My friend and I shared the large mixed selection with a bottle of Barolo.
A wooden board arrived beautifully presented with different cheeses and cold cuts. It's good value for money if you're not in the market for anything heavier, and everything we tried was delicious. I especially loved pairing the cheese with the piedmont honey.
The wine was superb but at €28, it cost more than the food! Service was on the slow side but I didn't mind, as I was too busy catching up with my friend. Twice, we were asked by somebody for "spare change"...unfortunately there's not a lot you can do about this if you're seated outdoors in the city centre. That aside, I enjoyed the authentic food and wine, and would definitely come back!
The food was ok but the overall experience was pretty bad. The waiter brought the wrong order, there was a lot of smoke inside from the kitchen and the bathroom had no toilet paper.
Really unpleasant experience here yesterday. The food we ordered was good but the glasses of wine were about 100mls and when we queried it we were told that was it really. There didn't seem to be any interest or concern in ensuring customers were satisfied. So feeling we were more of a nuisance, we left and would never go there again.
Great place to have a bottle of wine with some cheese and meat platters. They import the wine, cheese and meats from Italy and the owner has a vineyard there.
The staff are extremely friendly and most appear to be Italian. The food is very reasonably priced.
Two thumbs up :-)
Popped in here this evening for a lateish lunch on our way elsewhere, and was really quite pleasantly surprised. It was second choice as Lemon Jelly was packed out the door, but Enoteca, or Wallace's Langhe as it's now known, was perfect for us.
Delicious fresh sourdough served with green & red pesto, hummus and pate for dips to start- yum. Followed by chicken & porcini ravioli which was simple and really light! My other half had carpaccio which was a huge portion for €9 and really really tasty! All of this was accompanied by more of their moreish(for want of a better word) bread..
Would have loved to have time for a coffee (their coffee cups are adorable!) or a glass of one of many wines on display but will definitely next time.
Really lovely little spot to while away an evening for all sorts- couples, solo & curled up with a book, or with friends!
Also 25% off for takeaway on regular wine bottles prices..!
I swear I'm Italian. Apart from the obvious truth that I am, without a doubt, NOT Italian, everything else in my life points to the fact that I am.
Excessively dramatic and emotional, I get passionately angry about the smallest thing, and incredibly upset (insert wailing and tears here) about a mere trifle.
I fall in love quickly, I like to throw things when I'm angry, and I like to gossip about everyone and everything. I love food and wine, and my idea of a brilliant evening is a bottle of red, a platter of cheese, bread and assorted antipasti, a close friend or two and some tipsily-shared secrets.
Ok, so I must apologise to all Italians out there. That was such a cliche, and I know you're not all that one-dimensional. Please let me point out that I WORSHIP these character traits in a human being, and I believe the world would be a much better place if everyone lived with this much passion.
Anyway, believe it or not, this is actually a review of Enoteca Delle Langhe in Dublin's Italian Quarter. Phew!
Beautiful place, somewhere I could (and did) spend an entire evening, sipping away at a lovely red and chatting with friends. The assortment of platters is amazing, and really, you can't order wine without a platter, or vice-versa.
Enoteca is warmly lit and inviting, and the wine bottle-covered walls make for a cosy backdrop. The waiters are lovely (and very Italian looking) and they don't ever seem to try to rush you along.
This restaurant comes with my highest recommendation for a night out with your girlfriends, or for an evening out with your lover.
I just realized this is NOT the same restaurant as La Taverna. My bad! Aside from the food & wine, which I loved, I remember the chair stumps being too high for the tables and nowhere to put my coat. Here is my original review:
Bottle of wine? €18
Small meat & cheese tray? €8
Large vegetarian bruschetta tray? €8.
Dinner for two and getting half-sloshed without going broke? Priceless.
I hadn't been there in a while and just thought about it after an early movie at the IFI. I really loved going back there and it felt like I was visiting an old friend, drinking familiar wine (I had lived in that particular region of Italy for 2 years!) and eating good food.
I should really go back for more. My only criticism would be that they get more staff. The wait staff do seem to be a bit overwhelmed with customers.
Many Dubliners acclaim Enoteca to be the most romantic wine-bar in town, offering a vast list of fine wines in a soft-lit and casual setting. I have to agree, and for a first date, it hits the spot.
It's a bit hidden from the regular pub-crawl route, so you are less likely tol run into a group of your friends, which can lead to some awkward silences. They have very good finger-food as well so say farewell to forks and share a cheese-plate and a bottle of fine Italian red with your date. If you screw it up, you can't at least blame Enoteca.
I think Im reviewing the right place, however, on the receipt it says 'Wallace Tavern'. Anyway, its the first restaurant on the left hand side as you enter the Italian quarter, coming from the bridge.
I popped in here yesterday (Sunday) as I wanted to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. I started with a coffee, which was not great-not smooth, tasted gritty and overly strong. yeuch. The food looked nice and I was hungry so I requested a menu and was delighted that at 4.30pm the lunch special (any pizza or pasta plus a glass of wine for a tenner) was still on. As I was feeling delicate I opted for the spag bol & white wine.
The wine was delicous, nice and cold, and not overly acidic or cheap-tasting. My pasta was al dente, the ragu authentic, with evidence of white wine, possibly pork mince and lovely fresh parsley. The server also brought me a basket of fresh crusty bread and parmesan. It was all very tasty, fresh and nice to eat.
Really good value and quality-shame about the coffee. Ill be back to try more.
The name Enoteca Delle Langhe literally means wine library from the Italian region Langhe. And that's what this bar is in a nutshell. The place is arranged to allow people to get up and close to the wines stacked on the walls in wood cub holes. Apparently over 75% of their selection comes from the district of Langhe which is famous for its grapes. In total, the bar has around 200 different Italian wines.
Situated in North-west Italy, Langhe is also known for its distinctive cuisine. The restaurant in the Italian quarter serves food that enhances the flavour of the wine.
I ordered a glass of white and a plate of mixed cheese and meats. It was delicious and worth every penny.
What I love about this place is the snug atmosphere, authentic food and extensive wine list which is for take-away as well as for sale in the restaurant. The wine starts at around five euros a glass, which is hard to find in the city. The prices on the shelves are discounted for take away. If you're stuck, ask one of the Italian waiters.
The food is generous and well presented, with the selection focusing around antipasto - Italian style tapas. My favourites are the crostini selection which includes rocket pesto and olive oil aubergine, and the meat and cheese plates.
Although there is seating outside, the best place to visit is when it's pouring with rain outside and the world is looking a tad miserable. It's always glowing in here.
Great restaurant! Outdoor seating in pleasant weather is highly desirable but ample. It's VERY hard to find but everso worth it.
The menu is small and simple and more designed for those looking to grab a salad for dinner or smaller dishes to accompany their wine which is EXTENSIVE!!!! Literally, at least ten pages worth of options.
From my experience, it seemed like the restaurant was a little overwhelmed staffing wise. I waitress ran around like a chicken with it's head cut off and barely got our orders in and food out. And, after waiting a while for the check, I finally had to go inside and ask for it. But, for the quality of the food, it was worth it.
Our table ordered three salads, a vegetarian entree, a crostini sampler, the special (Speghetti alla bolgonese, which was a tough decision against another special of farfalle with sundried tomato pesto.), three classes of wine (They only carry wine and Italian beer), and a soda, all for under 65€.
I highly recommend this for a couple or small group, looking for a nice evening out and a light dinner with some wine.
Fantastic good. Limited choice of hot dishes but very delicious and authentic.
Fantastic Italian wine bar/restaurant located in the "Italian Quarter" on the northside, just at the Millennium Bridge. This place serves heavenly wine, some really nice dishes (my personal favourite is the mozzarella salad that comes with a big ball of mozzarella in the middle) and they even have a few outdoor tables (beware of the beggars). Prices are pretty average. It's a lovely spot for a leisurely Saturday afternoon.
I've spent many a happy summer's evening sitting outside here sipping Italian white wine and eating a delectable selection of bread, cheeses and meats. Of course you have to have the weather for that! Still, you can always sit inside if that's not the case and I've done that too. I took my cousin from the UK in there one evening and she couldn't get over how reasonable the platter of food was. She said that in London you would pay more for much less. I go back here over and over again and I'm never tired of it. Great food, drink, service and atmosphere. You just can't go wrong.
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