Chicken wings worth getting in a flap over at Elephant and Castle

by Rebecca Ryan

If you haven’t tried the wings in Elephant & Castle, you haven’t lived yet!

The franchise has just opened up a brand-new restaurant in Monkstown and the place was absolutely buzzing during opening week last week, with queues out the door and their legendary crispy wings literally flying out of the kitchen to the salivating diners.

Elephant & Castle has really been expanding lately. They first opened their doors in January 1989 in Temple Bar, with their second location opening in Rathmines just before Christmas and now in Monkstown Village, too.

The new 90-seater restaurant has a very friendly, laid-back service style.

It features comfy booths and is decked out with wooden ‘decking’ on the walls, giving a warm feel with quirky black and white images throughout adding to the relaxed vibe.

There was a mixture of young and old customers, of friends and couples as well as families, and the low-beat music in the background was at a perfect level for chatting and keeping the atmosphere alive.

When you walk in you can see the gra for their infamous Spicy Chicken Wings with almost every table tucking into a basket.

Well, you know you’re onto a good thing when you overhear one of the customers saying to his mate: “Those wings are serious, man, what!? I’m sweatin’!”

However, there is plenty more on the menu to choose from, such as fluffy omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, caesar salads, saucy ribs and juicy burgers.

The staff were very friendly and hardworking, keeping up with the fast turnover of people while having fun amongst themselves, which was nice to see and added to the busy but relaxed atmosphere.

With any new restaurant opening you would expect normal teething problems to arise; however, Elephant & Castle Monkstown was working like clockwork.

Manager Ronan Gleeson told Dublin Gazette he is delighted with the successful opening and feedback.

He said: “Delighted that we have opened straight away with the same buzzing atmosphere we have become renowned for.”

Ronan is inviting locals to come and try their menu, as well as their wings.

“I always recommend that customers try something different each visit off our extensive menu apart from our famous wings and burgers. Oh, and everyone should have a [new house cocktail] Pink Elly.”

Tip – try the wings and go hungry, the portions are a good size.

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