Camden Street’s newest addition opened its doors about a month ago, and I thought I’d try something different, and something different was exactly what I got.
Right in the heart of Camden Street, Camden Exchange is in a prime location that some may recognise as being the site of the old National Bank. It was also used as a storefront in filming the RTÉ series Raw.
With craft beers, cocktails, food and low playing indie music you could say Camden Exchange is no different to any hip new place to eat. However with food bursting with flavour being served until midnight, and at great prices, Camden Exchange does indeed have something new to offer.
The unusual décor is a real talking point from the minute you walk in, with little booths, wraparound leather couches, and food being served from a vintage truck sitting neatly in the middle of the restaurant.
The atmosphere is chilled and relaxed, just like the friendly staff who work in comfort in jeans and high-top runners.
After ordering a cocktail and a cider we took a look through the wonderfully simplistic menu, when we realised that the drinks menu has a larger variety than the food. With a vast selection of craft beers and some unique sounding cocktails it is clear that the drinks menu is where the main focus is.
That said, the simplicity of the food menu has something quite likeable about it. Its layout of “pig” with the pork option underneath or “cow” with the beef option underneath is a unique take on the dining experience with only one meal under each heading.
We ordered one starter between us, the shrimp skewers, the portion was quite small for two, as they are not really designed for two. The bloody Mary sauce with them was incredible though and I would definitely recommend getting it.
Packed full of flavour, the mains are a steal at only €8 each and adding fries costs only an extra €2. Trust me you’ll want to try the fries.
The rolled pork belly on sourdough bread with chorizo jam deserves an honourable mention for its mixture of mouth-watering flavours blending perfectly together. While the chicken dish served with cucumber, stewed carrot, and Korean hot sauce in either a bap or a salad is a refreshing twist on the average chicken option.
If you want to try something new and enjoy letting your taste buds do the thinking for a while, then I really suggest you try out Camden Exchange for something new and exciting.
(Originally published in The Liberty http://www.theliberty.ie/2015/04/23/camden-exchange-review/)