Tuesday 21 November 2017

Diners scramble to dine like Charlie Haughey for €150 a ticket as pop-up event sells out within hours

Charlie Haughey at his home Abbeville
Charlie Haughey at his home Abbeville

Meadhbh McGrath

Charlie Haughey’s favourite Dublin restaurant is set to re-open for one night only, but all of the tickets have been snapped up within hours of going on sale.

Le Coq Hardi, which used to be located on Pembroke Road, was as renowned for its clientele as it was for its food, until it closed in the early 2000s.

Now, it's back for one night only as a collective pop-up by five celebrated Euro-Toques chefs, Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Aidan McManus, Tim O’Sullivan and Lorcan Cribbin, coming together to do an event for the public.

The event is part of a series celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Euro-Toques in Ireland.

The five are set to return to John Howard's kitchen for a pop-up event on July 18, where they will prepare their own take on dishes from the restaurant’s menu.

On the night, guests will be treated to an introductory speech from John Howard and food writer John McKenna ahead of the five-course meal.

Tickets are priced at €150, but they sold out in a matter of hours.

Other events to celebrate the anniversary include a dinner at Dublin’s Luna restaurant on July 11 and a bacon-and-cabbage themed meal on July 25.

For more information, visit euro-toques.ie.

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