Saturday 16 December 2017

An eye on the Bill perhaps? Former US president Clinton sticks to the budget at Dublin's finest eaterie

Bill Clinton kept Enda Kenny waiting around 20 minutes as he strolled through Dublin
Bill Clinton kept Enda Kenny waiting around 20 minutes as he strolled through Dublin
Bill Clinton pictured arriving to Government Buildings
Former US President Bill Clinton kept Taoiseach Enda Kenny waiting for a meeting as he went for an unscheduled stroll in Dublin
He was accompanied by a very modest entourage of nine staff and security.
Enda Kenny waits at the steps of government buildings for Bill Clinton.
Dressed in dark trousers, light grey jacket and purple shirt and tie and sporting a wide smile
Clinton dined last night at Shanahan's on the Green.
Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

Even Presidents watch their pennies.

Bill Clinton is well used to the finer things in life, but he opted for a budget friendly dish while dining in Dublin.

The former US President (67) enjoyed a meal at Shanahan’s on the Green last night – the world famous steakhouse on Stephen’s Green, just as famous for its extravagant prices as its fine dining and celebrity clientele.

But rather than tucking into a juicy T-Bone steak costing an equally mouth-watering price of €49.50, he instead opted for the modest choice of two seafood starter dishes.

An average meal in Shanahan’s on the Green costs approximately €100 per head, including a main course, side dishes and drinks.

It has been revealed that Mr Clinton enjoyed the Sizzling Black West Coast Mussels with shallots, garlic, herbs, fresh lemon and butter, worth €19.75, and Chilled Jumbo Lump Crab Salad with wholegrain mustard Tarragon Aioli, priced at €20.00 for his dinner yesterday evening.

His vegan diet restricted him from enjoying a tender cut of steak, but he admitted to falling off the vegan wagon every now and again. In the past, he has admitted to indulging in a serving of salmon or an omelette ‘once a week or so’.

The 67-year-old stopped eating meat, cheese, milk and fish in 2010, at the encouragement of his daughter Chelsea. Since his lifestyle overhaul, he’s also lost a whopping 20 pounds.

Clinton more than likely chose Shanahan’s on the Green because of the eatery’s American connections.

The owner, John M. Shanahan, was born in Boston, Massachusetts and the restaurant is adorned with historical documents and mementoes from each of America’s presidents of Irish heritage.

The vast collection includes ‘The Oval Office’ bar’s centrepiece, former US president John F Kennedy’s rocking chair, which was once housed on Air Force One.

Clinton visited the restaurant after he paid a courtesy call to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Government Buildings.

Today, he is travelling to Belfast to mark the inauguration of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen's University.

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