Wednesday 26 June 2013

Skinflint, 19 Crane Lane, Dublin 2

Update: Skinflint is permanently closed

Skinflint is on one of those small alleyways I'm scared to walk through after dark. You wouldn't know it's there, it's well hidden from the busy streets of Temple Bar and Dame St. It's almost as if they wanted to keep it just for the cool locals.

The interior is a total hipster grotto: quirky frames on the wall, old doors used as tables and kitsch random objects on the counter. Guess what? I love it.

On the menu, you have a choice of  'things that aren't pizza' such as mac n' cheese serrano ham cups (€4.75), chicken liver and brandy pate (€5.95), house baby back ribs (€7.95/€13.95), meatballs and salads.

The pizzas have ladies names and original toppings that you won't find anywhere else: Suzie (tomato, house chorizo, mozz, pecorino,pink p/corns), Celine (spinach, mushroom, parmesan, pangrattato,garlic confit), Lil (boyne blue cheese, golden raisins,pickle, parsley, peach & cream) to name but a few.

Mr. FFID and I ordered the hummus, beetroot caviar and the fig/olive tapenade (€6.95) to start. The portions were huge and could have easily fed 4 people. The dips were piled onto a grilled pizza base; the lovely fig/olive tapenade was a delightful combination of sweet and savoury. The hummus and beetroot caviar were smooth and delicious.

We were there with Laura from The Dublin Diary and her partner M. They ordered the mozzarella sticks (€4.95) which were served with a little jar of spicy tom-chili jam.

The pizzas in Skinflint are grilled and served on huge rectangular wooden boards, they're very long and thin. Mr. FFID and I had the Philomenoa (€13) to share, which was topped with porcetta, lemon, pecorino and lots of rocket. The toppings worked great together, the base was very thin and crisp which I liked and the whole thing was flavoursome. I also tried their Firebee honey, which is a chili infused honey left on the table for you to drizzle it over the pizza. This stuff is delish and once you've had some on a slice you can't help having more.

Laura and M. had the Breda (€12.95) which had spicy sausage, oregano, sauté onion, mozarella and smoked knockanore cheese.

Skinflint is definitely not your usual pizza joint. The interior is quirky, the pizzas are original and the staff look like hipsters. One pizza is definitely enough between 2 people, especially if you go for a starter. Skinflint is an affordable meal out and a great place to go with a groups of friends.

If I listened to Mr. FFID I'd eat in Skinflint every day, he loves it!

If you follow them on Twitter @skinflintDUBLIN and tweet them a date/time (every hour on the half hour) along with #tweetseats, if the slot is available they will DM you and you'll get free mains for 2 people.

19 Crane Lane
Dublin 2

This is an independent review, I paid for my meal.