"Dublin's corporate canteen" - the Irish Independent.
I love food and enjoy eating out but I never had a desire to eat in a Michelin establishment (Probably because I’m spoilt by Dad’s delicious home cooking). Uncle Ding booked us a table and well, I was on my way to my first Michelin star experience! Upon arrival were greeted at the entrance by a lovely hostess who was so kind to take our jackets. Our table was on the upper seating area of the restaurant along the railing which allowed us to look into the kitchen pass and watch dishes being plated up. The restaurant isn’t big but not small either, cosy like. I didn’t use the restroom but heard that there is only one cubicle for both men and women! (BTW our table consisted of all men but we still happened to know the ladies only has one cubicle, thanks to David’s impatient bladder). James was our waiter for the evening and he looked after us well, true professional offering a top class service. There were four at our table and we decided to order from the a la carte except for Dad who opted for the fixed menu. Too be honest I have already forgotten what all the ingredients of each dish entailed but I took pictures of each dish so at least you can see them! There were four breads on offer this evening; Guinness and trickle (my favourite), Cranberry and almond, Sesame white bread, and Tomato something (this one looked like a Danish pastry!). For wine we ordered a bottle of the house red (French). A nice wine full of flavour with soft tannins.
To start we had an Amuse Bouche of Tomato Gaspacho.
Following this our starters – Mine: Tuna Carpaccio, Uncle Ding: Seared Duck Liver, Cousin David: Duck Breast, Dad: White Asparagus Volute with morels
A lovely refreshing Ice Tea Sorbet followed to cleanse our palettes.
The mains! – Mine: Lamb(Absolutely divine, nice tender pink pieces and really juicy! I think it was cooked sous-vide) Uncle Ding: Turbot, Cousin David: Pork Belly, Dad: Chicken Supreme. The mains came with Buttered Baby Potatoes and Broccoli served in cute little baby copper pots.
Followed by an unexpected Pre-Dessert of mini Banoffi pie!
Dad had the fixed menu but was allowed the choice of having anything from the dessert menu, very nice gesture. We were all quite full so we decided to share a Cheese Plate – A lovely selection of artisan French and Irish cheeses; containing both soft and hard served with homemade crackers.
*** Tea, Coffee & Petit Fours
The overall evening was very enjoyable, excellent company, good food & wine, lovely atmosphere and top service. Sallyanne popped over for a chat and shared a few interesting stories. However I don’t think I’ll be eating in Michelin restaurants too often as at the end of every meal came the bill! *OUCH* However if you have never been I’d recommend you try L’Ecrivan, I mean hey we only live once 🙂