EATING OUT Blimey has none of the comfort or ease of a typical Irish pub, but it’s a nice place
An Irish pub in the city, that was when Blimey had my interest and when I looked up from the foot of 1, MG Mall and saw the green Irish halo of Blimey, they had my attention. Ride the elevator to the top, navigate the white passage and trod across the carpeted entrance till you reach the wide cavernous gateway. We chose to sit upstairs, and scale precarious stairs that falter and wind it’s way up till you are within arms reach of the summer night sky with old friends for company.
Blimey has none of the comfort or ease of a typical Irish pub. There isn’t the warmth of a rustic brick building where rugged Irish men, drink their sturdy Irish beer, swear and sing old Irish folksongs. Blimey glows phosphorescent with white light and green, swanky bar and fine furniture that allow it to qualify as the place to go when you are feeling ‘some place nice’.
The bar menu is clamped shut between an unwieldy, wooden bottle but you could skip the trouble, trust my judgment and ask for the Irish Shamrock. It’s green melony and coconutty freshness on the rocks is perfect for the summer.
You cannot go wrong with pork ribs, it is its gift and its curse, of the pork rib that is. You could soak it in a gravy of boiled cabbage and it would still be a stellar pork rib. It should be one of the cardinal rules of eating out - always order the pork ribs.
I felt betrayed by the Irish egg rolls with melting cheese — it was not the decadence of chicken or beef rolls with warm, gooey cheesy goodness; what arrived was a thimble of cheese spread. But the salmon and soda was a delight of soda bread topped with hung curd quenelles and crowned with some soft pink salmon.
Another Irish Shamrock and then it was a squeeze but we made our way through much of the rib-eyed steak and the salmon fillet both of which was accompanied by an excellent portion of mashed potatoes and warm buttered veggies. We lay our cutlery down signalling surrender when dessert came and it was a struggle, but we plundered through warm bread pudding and a smooth Baileys Irish cheesecake.
For your after meal activity, take a walk around the terrace, or press your nose against the glass wall that overlooks a resplendent cityscape. Blimey is located on the fifth floor, 1, MG Mall, MG Road. For reservations call 22086777.
CATHERINE RHEA ROY