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Old 23-02-12, 18:32   #1
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The Restaurant Review Thread

Ok – as a few have said it is time to start a restaurant review thread. I think it is best if we follow some sort of template and also if one of the mods would be so kind as to update this first post with links to subsequent reviews. I am suggesting the following template.

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Restaurant Name:

Location:

Website:

Price Range:
(from 1 to 5 €€€€€)

Review:
Reviews to date

1.Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin, €€€€€, Gimmeabreak
2.Pearl Brasserie ,Dublin,€€€,mocata
3.Peploes, Dublin, €€€, ionapaul
4.Kitchen Restuarant, Dublin, €€, ionapaul
5.The Bridge Bar & Grill, Dublin, €€€, ionapaul
6.l'Ecrivain, Dublin, €€€€, ionapaul
7.Chapter One, Dublin,,Careca
8.Moro,London,£££,Raoul Duke III
9.Bon Appetit,Malahide,€€€€,zuutroy
10. The Millstone,Dame St,€€€,Dice75
11. Chapter One – chef’s table, Parnell Square, Dublin 1,€€€€€,BennyHiFi
12. Bijou, 46/47 Highfield Rd. Rathgar, D6,€€€,Pat Mustard
13. Juniors & Itsa4, Sandymount,€,HiCloy
14. FXB's, Pembroke Street,€€€€,Gimmeabreak
15. Nandos, Swords, €, Raoul Duke III
16a. Chapter One Dublin - The IPB night at Chef's table €€€€€€€€€€€€€, Raoul Duke III
16b. Chapter One Dublin - The IPB night at Chef's table €€€€€€€€€€€€€ pics, Gimmeabreak
17. PJ O' Hares(The Anchor Bar), Carlingford Louth, €€€, Rounders123
18. Campagne, Kilkenny City, €€€€, Roadsweeper
19. Bang Restaurant, Merrion Row, €€€€, Dice75
20. L'Ecrvain, Baggot St, €€€€, Zuutroy
21. The Residence, Stephens Green, €€€€, Lisa
22. Ely Wine Bar, Ely Place (Off Merrion Row), €€€, Dice75
23. Tippenyaki, Rathmines, €€€, Dice75
24. Kiin Kiin, Copenhagen, €€€€€, Rasher
25. Downstairs at Gilbert&Wright, Clontarf, €€€, Zuutroy
26. Arbutus, London, €€€, Ionapaul
27. Kitchen W8, London, €€€, Ionapaul
28. Peploes Steak & Wine Bistro, Stephens Green €€€€/€, Roadsweeper
29. Shanahans on the Green, Clontarf, €€€€€€€ or so, a lot anyway, Gimmeabreak
NA. 3 short reviews RDIII - Pearl, Merrion Row. Bay, Clontarf Road. Matt the Threshers, Pembroke St.
30. Thorntons, Stephens Green, €€€€€, Zuutroy
31. Saagar, Harcourt St, €€€, Rounders123
32. The Winding Stair, Lower Ormonde St, €€, Careca
33. Patrick Guilbald, HiCloy - also includes various short reviews of other establishments
34. The Oar House, Howth, €€€, Raoul Duke III
35. L'Ecrivian, Lower Baggot St, €€€/€€€€, Ionapaul
36. Pichet, Trinity St, Dublin 2, €€€, TomD
37. Seapoint Fish and Grill, Monkstown, €€€, Shrapnel
38. Good World Chinese, Georges St Dublin 2, €€, RDIII
39. Waterfront Grill, Darling Harbour, Sydney, €€€ Mellor
40. The Green House, Dawson St Dublin, €€€€€, BennyHiFi
41. The House, Howth, €€€/€, Gimmeabreak
42. Dada Moroccan Restaurant, South William St, €€, Careca
NA 3 Short reviews from RDIII all Dunmore East, Waterford - Strand Inn, Spinnaker, Lemon Tree Cafe
43. Dinner by Heston, London, €€€€€, mcnugget
44. Bang, Merrion Row, €€€, Zuutroy
45. The House @ Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford, €€€€€, Gimmeabreak
46. The Pigs Tale, Gorey, Co Wexford, €€€, Gimmeabreak
47. The Tannery, Dungarvan, Co Waterford, €€€€, Gimmeabreak
48. Blairscove, Durrus, Bantry, Co Cork, €€€€, Strewelpeter
49. Fishy Fishy, Kinsale, Co Cork, €€€€, Strewelpeter
50. La Cave, South Anne St, Dublin 2, €€€, Raoul Duke III
51. San Lorenzo, Georges St, Dublin 2, €€€, Raoul Duke III
52. Ainar, Dominic St, Galway, €€€, Mike
53. Nobu, London, €€€, newbie2
54. Butcher Grill, Ranelagh, €€€.5, PokerPiper
55. Roly's and Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud, €€ and €€€€€ respectively, newbie2
56. The Greenhouse, €€€€€, elbows
57. McDonalds, Enniskillen, €, TheDrunkenOne
58. Rasam, Glasthule, €€€€€, Raoul Duke III
59. Rock Lobster, Donnybrook, €€, Mickey Rosa
60. Damson Diner, South William St, €€, careca
61. Balzac, back of La Stampa, €€, DeadParrot
62. Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer St D2, €€€€, Raoul Duke III
63. Damascus Gate, Upper Camden St D2, Rounders
64. Lady Helen, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny, €€€/€€€€, BennyHiFi
65. Mollysbar, Parts Unkown, TheDrunkenOne
66. Shanahans on the Green, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2, €€€/€€€€, iSnow
67. The Cedar Tree, Andrew St, Dublin 2, €€/€€€, Raoul Duke III
68. The Heliot, Cranbourne St, Leicester Square, London, €€/€€€, iSnow
69. Les Gourmandises, Cook St, Cork, €€/€€€, newbie2
70. Johnny Foxes, Glencullen, €€/€€€, iSnow
71. Jacques Restaurant, Cork, €€/€€€, newbie2
72. King Sitric, Howth, €€€/€€€€, Raoul Duke III
73. Yammamori Sushi, 38-39 Lower Ormonde Quay, Dublin, €€/€€€, iSnow
74. L'Artist, 6 Tigne St, Sliema, Malta, €€/€€€, iSnow
75. Il Primo, Montague St, Dublin, €€/€€€, BennyHiFi
76. 777, Great Georges St, Dublin, €€€, mocata
77. One Pico, Schoolhous Lane, Dublin, €€€€€, Gimmeabreak
78. The Vintage Kitchen, Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, €€/€€€, Raoul Duke III
79. Il Vocolo Cafe and Wine Bar, Buttermilk Walk, Galway, €€€, Ionapaul
80. Locks Brasserie, Between Harolds Cross and Portobello Bridges, €€€, careca
81. Fade St Social, Fade Street, Dublin, €€, BennyHiFi
82. Brasserie 66, Georges St, Dublin 2, €€€, Raoul Duke III pictures here
83. Brasserie 66, Georges St, Dublin 2, €€€, iSnow
84. Downstairs, Clontarf, RasTa
85. La Mere Zou, St Stephens Green, Dublin, €€€€, Roaul Duke III
86. Monart, Enniscorthy, €€€€, shrapnel
87. Tribes, Glasthule, €€/€, Dice75
88. Mollys Bar, Parts unknown, TheDrunkenOne
89. Saba, Clarendon St, Dublin 2, €€€€, Raoul Duke III
90. Kimchi, Parnell St, Dublin 1, €€, Rufio
91. The Hot Stove, Parnell Square West, Dublin 1, €€€, Rufio
92. Bison, 11 Wellington Quay, €€, DeadParrot
93. Las Tapas de Lola, Wexford St Dublin 2, €€€, BennyHiFi
94. Picaderos, Maynooth, €€, JohnOB
95. The Dew Drop Inn, Kill, Co. Kildare, €€/€€€, Gimmeabreak
96. Andrew Fairlie @ Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland, €€€€€, BennyHiFi
97. The Schoolhouse, Dublin 4, €€, ionapaul
98. Chapter 1, Dublin, €€€€€, ionapaul
99. Les Comediens, Place De Clichy, Paris, ???, Rounders123
100. Pitt Bros BBQ Project, Georges St, Dublin 2, €/€€, JohnOB
101. The Greenhouse, Dawson Street, Dublin 2, €€€€€, Gimmeabreak
102. Lawlors Hotel, Poplar Square, Naas, Co. Kildare, €/€€, Michelle SatNav
103. Bo London, 4 Mill Street, London, W1S 2AX, €€€€, newbie2

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Old 23-02-12, 18:35   #2
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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Restaurant Name: Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, 2 Michelin Stars

Location: Merrion Hotel, Dublin

Website: www.restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie

Price Range: €€€€€

I was lucky enough to have a lunch arranged for here today, as it was booked a few weeks back it is fair to say that I was looking forward to it with anticipation. In short it was amazing but here is why.

We were met in the reception area by a variety of staff, some who were supposed to be there and some who were just there by chance. From the word go it was clear that they were intent on making it a very personable dining experience as each staff member offered their hand to welcome us to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and invite us to enjoy our lunch. From there we were taken to a reception room where up to probably 4 or 5 groups could sit, enjoy a drink and peruse the menu.

As it was a business lunch we were chatting at length about various things when they interrupted to try and take our order, we had hardly checked the menu at this stage but they returned a couple of minutes later to take our orders. I felt as if they were trying to rush us through but in hindsight they stagger the booking times and give (in their own heads) a set time for people to relax there before moving them to their table – there is limited space in the reception room so it is important to push people through. We were almost certainly there more than enough time to check out the menu and place an order but the nature of our lunch (where 2 people were meeting for the first time) meant that we took longer to get to the menu.

So we ordered the food and were then presented with the wine list, it is huge, I could easily drink a full bottle of wine and still wouldn’t have taken in the depth and breath of the wine list in that time. I was mad keen on getting stuck into a bottle but the others were all driving so I declined. The wine list catered for all needs and budgets – It looked liked the average price was €175 or thereabouts which probably isn’t too expensive for the place. I did notice that they had Kanonkop Paul Sauer on the menu at €52, the same bottle will set you back €32 in O’Briens so I don’t think they could be accused of not fitting all budgets and I don’t think they can be accused of price gouging either. There was a sommelier on hand to assist were you to require his assistance.

From here we were taken to our table. You walk through a bar area en route to the table, it isn’t a bar where you can sit but a bar where they prepare all the drinks – looking at it I would have been more than happy to pull up a stool and down a Gin & Tonic at the bar, I doubt that is allowed. As you get to the table there was somebody standing behind all chairs to seat you comfortably.

They started by presenting us with a massive selection of breads – there had to have been 7 or 8 different fresh breads all of which looked amazing and the lads I was with certainly liked them. We were then presented with an appetiser which was not on the menu, it was really just a spoonful of food and it was terrine of ham hock with chilli mustard, some strange mushroom, small onion and cress. It tasted fine by me.

The lunch menu was a limited choice, I had something that was basically salted cod croquettes, bayonne ham, fresh pesto and topped with a fried quail egg. It was damn nice and the pesto had great flavour to it – real fresh pesto is good gear compared to the stuff you buy off the shelf. Two of the lads had cauliflower soup and said it was very good.
For main course I had slow roasted suckling pig, with some delicate carrots, parsnips and onion, it was served with some sauce or puree or similar, it was also accompanied with a small side of jacket potato, broccoli and carrot. Some of the others had Fillet of Seabass, it was a decent looking piece of fish and both said it was top notch.

Desert was a sliver of chocolate torte and home made lemon icecream. There was also a monster cheeseboard, it was huge, easily the biggest cheeseboard I have seen in any restaurant in my life – the next table had the cheese and the waiter was able to talk them through all the cheese and help them pick to their liking. To finish we had coffees and espressos and what not along with petit fours.

The dining room itself is excellent. Very comfortable with lots and lots of space and you never for one moment felt uncomfortable or felt like you couldn’t talk business for fear of being overheard. Whilst all of this was very good the level of service is what set this aside from any other dining experience. The staff were on hand to do whatever they could for you but did it in a very unobtrusive manner. I mean they even walked you to the bathroom to show you the way but it never once felt uncomfortable.

I think I will struggle to do the service justice here but our table of 4 had 2 dedicated waiters. Service was done with perfect symmetry. They would approach the table in unison, stand by the side and then move in perfect motion. They would place a plate in front of you and and the guy sitting across from you would have your plate hit the table at exactly the same time, they would then move anti clockwise and repeat it for the other two diners. This was the same when they were collecting plates or removing the silver domes on the main course. I was observing other tables and you could notice the eye contact between the servers making sure their actions were in harmony.

As you would expect from a 2 Star Michelin Restaurant service was all on trays, every one of the waiters were career waiters, I suspect they were almost exclusively French and in fact I don’t think I heard an Irish accent. They were impeccable. One of the head waiters would explain the content of each course to you as you were preparing to eat. You never had to raise your head for water, they were in as soon as your glass was half way down.

As somebody who is highly critical of service this was faultless, it is a perfect case study on how service should be executed. I mean as a restaurant owner you pay these guys to wait tables so you may as well set a critically high standard and ask them to meet it. Almost every restaurant in Ireland is missing a trick on this front.

Lunch was €50 a head for 3 courses and included all your bottled water and coffees. There was no extra charge for our pre lunch drinks but they were soft so I am not sure if you would be charged for a large XO?

Patrick Guilbaud was himself dining at the table next to us. He was on hand to shake each of our hands on the way out the door. He thanked us for our custom, enquired if everything was up to standard and said he hoped to see us all again soon. To me this is just a nice personal touch and it shows how his customer centric perspective radiates through the experience and his staff.

On balance I cannot wait to get back there. I would recommend it to anybody. €50 might seem a little pricey for lunch but you can pay €30 - €35 pretty much anywhere for comparable Sunday lunch in any old Bistro. This is a special experience though and I can see myself getting back their soon.
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Old 23-02-12, 18:39   #3
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Great stuff Noel. Thanks for starting this.

Everyone - Can we please avoid any 2-3 line reviews. Also after you post a review if you can report your own post to give us a reminder to update the first post that would be great.

Now to read GAB's review (glad I just had me dinner, not one to read on an empty stomach I'm sure!(
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It turns out that Pauli Tuilio reviewed Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in last weeks indo, those interested can find it here. His review might explain why I never had to look for water today.

Guilbaud was also interviewed on Savage Sunday last weekend, you can hear it here for another few days, havent listened yet but from twitter it seems he is on at the start of part 2.
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Great review Noel.
I was actually shocked when you said it was €50 a head. I was expecting it to be much more.
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Restaurant Name: Pearl Brasserie

Location: In cellar up street from Merrion Hotel

Website: http://www.pearl-brasserie.com/accueil.htm

Price Range: €€€/€€€€ ( was 160 for 2 inc wine, if thats a better guide)


This would be one of the most impressive places I have been in Dublin. If looking to treat the GF, ask for one of the Alcoves. They are like an igloo with black and white fabric squares on ceiling, candles make lovely shadow patterns. The effect was almost hypnotic.

Staff were excellent, warm welcome and seemed genuinely happy to be there. We were debating between a few different starters and mains and they asked us if we would like a small sample of each as an amuse bouche. There were quite a few nice gestures throughout the evening, we were left to enjoy ourselves, but when we looked up from table, someone made eye contact straight away. When GF went to the toilet, waitress came over after a few minutes to engage me in light conversation about the food, not just the standard "Everything ok for you" and standard "Yes" response. Maitre D' came over while ordering dessert, and asked if we would like a complimentary Kir Royale that they were training some of the staff to make.

Food wise, the stand out dish was the Hake, it was on a chorizo and tomato stew with saffron potatoes, beautiful looking plate of food. Vibrant yellow potatoes with a deep rich red sauce and then lovely crispy skinned Hake on top. Had a good earthy Ham hock terrine with hint of mustard for starters, and she had Pork Belly for a main, which was tasty enough, but not as impressive as the fish. She had the Tasting of Lemon for dessert, which didnt have enough variety for me, fair enough there was a good range of textures. I had a blackberry tart with chocolate ganache and sorbet, a far more rounded dessert in my eyes.

Wine was marked up about 50% at a rough guess, which was fair enough. Good wide range too by the glass. Shared a bottle of lovely buttery Sancerre, and a glass of Valpolicella for myself just for R & D purposes

Coffee and Petit fours were decent too, asked if we would like a peppermint tea after coffee as a digestif.

Would definitely recommend it, has that bit of extra polish and class that makes a good meal a memorable one.
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Great review Noel.
I was actually shocked when you said it was €50 a head. I was expecting it to be much more.
We were in it a few years back and it was €50 for a main course! :O

would happily pay that for lunch for a nice treat someday
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We were in it a few years back and it was €50 for a main course! :O

would happily pay that for lunch for a nice treat someday
RPG has had a reasonable lunch price point for some time now. Dinner obv much more expensive.
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I think that level of fussy service would make it hard for me to relax.

Hope for a full Burger King review from Icarus after he recovers from his Friday night stag.
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We were in it a few years back and it was €50 for a main course! :O

would happily pay that for lunch for a nice treat someday
IIRC they've always had a cheapish lunch menu (at least for the last 5 years or so).
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Restaurant Name: Pearl Brasserie

Location: In cellar up street from Merrion Hotel

Website: http://www.pearl-brasserie.com/accueil.htm

Price Range: €€€/€€€€ ( was 160 for 2 inc wine, if thats a better guide)


This would be one of the most impressive places I have been in Dublin. If looking to treat the GF, ask for one of the Alcoves. They are like an igloo with black and white fabric squares on ceiling, candles make lovely shadow patterns. The effect was almost hypnotic.

Staff were excellent, warm welcome and seemed genuinely happy to be there. We were debating between a few different starters and mains and they asked us if we would like a small sample of each as an amuse bouche. There were quite a few nice gestures throughout the evening, we were left to enjoy ourselves, but when we looked up from table, someone made eye contact straight away. When GF went to the toilet, waitress came over after a few minutes to engage me in light conversation about the food, not just the standard "Everything ok for you" and standard "Yes" response. Maitre D' came over while ordering dessert, and asked if we would like a complimentary Kir Royale that they were training some of the staff to make.

Food wise, the stand out dish was the Hake, it was on a chorizo and tomato stew with saffron potatoes, beautiful looking plate of food. Vibrant yellow potatoes with a deep rich red sauce and then lovely crispy skinned Hake on top. Had a good earthy Ham hock terrine with hint of mustard for starters, and she had Pork Belly for a main, which was tasty enough, but not as impressive as the fish. She had the Tasting of Lemon for dessert, which didnt have enough variety for me, fair enough there was a good range of textures. I had a blackberry tart with chocolate ganache and sorbet, a far more rounded dessert in my eyes.

Wine was marked up about 50% at a rough guess, which was fair enough. Good wide range too by the glass. Shared a bottle of lovely buttery Sancerre, and a glass of Valpolicella for myself just for R & D purposes

Coffee and Petit fours were decent too, asked if we would like a peppermint tea after coffee as a digestif.

Would definitely recommend it, has that bit of extra polish and class that makes a good meal a memorable one.
definitely one of my favorites. he also owns locks in portobello, which is cheaper and not as refined but absolutely delicious.
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great thread, I'm going to Hemmingways tonight so will chip in with a review at some point
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Similarly, going to the Dining Room at La Stampa later so will add a write-up at some stage over the next few days.
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Paul, Noel et al should copy over the reviews they've done previously to this thread if they get a chance imo.
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If anyone can just post a link to any bbv reviews they have previously done, we can edit the links into the OP here at some point.
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Here are some of my older reviews:

Peploes, Dublin, €€€, ionapaul
Kitchen Restuarant, Dublin, €€, ionapaul
The Bridge Bar & Grill, Dublin, €€€, ionapaul
l'Ecrivain, Dublin, €€€€, ionapaul

I may have a few older ones from Vegas, etc in the archives, will have to do a proper search.
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Going to Bon Appetit tonight, so will report back!
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Heres one I did for Chapter One a good while back, prob some more up-to-date/better ones around.

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Moro

This one is bit strange in that it's actually in another country; London to be precise. However, lots of the foodies may be familiar with it as it's a well-known name due to the success of its cookbooks (here, here and here) so I thought I would stick up a review for peeps who may happen to find themselves in London.

Restaurant Name: Moro

Location: Exmouth Market, Farringdon, North London (closest tube station is Farringdon on the District & Circle lines)

Website: here

Price Range: £££

Review: I'd never heard of this place until Mrs Duke purchased a copy of their first cookbook back in about 2005. At the time, childless and carefree as we were (), we had spent quite a few holidays in Spain. These tended to revolve around food as we visited places like the Basque country, Seville, Madrid and Barcelona and duly gorged ourselves on the outstanding local produce and excellent cooking that was to be found, both in restaurants and also in pintxos\tapas bars. So it's safe to say that we were (and are) both fans of Spanish cuisine. Then Mrs Duke picked up the Moro cookbook; their whole philosophy is a blending of both Spanish and North African cuisines. We recognised a lot of the Spanish-themed dishes but were unfamiliar with the North African ones. In any case we cooked ourselves plenty of dishes from the book and, when we made a weekend visit to London in 2005, made sure to snag ourselves a table at Moro where the food was outstanding.

Last Monday, without a plan and facing the prospect of another evening after work trying to entertain myself in London, I was idly browsing a restaurant review site where I noticed Moro pop up. I then decided to make a return visit and see if the food was as good as I remembered.....

Moro is situated in Exmouth Market which is a pedestrianised street in North London, nice area (decent bars for pre- or post-dinner imbibing) and easy to locate. It's still far enough from the tourist trail to ensure that the patrons will be almost exclusively local, no bad thing in my book. I wandered up there from the Square Mile after work on a bitterly cold evening, planning to arrive exactly at 7 and fondly imagining that they couldn't be all that busy on a Monday evening in February. More fool me. I arrived at 6.55 and confidently asked for a table for one; the maitre'd smiled at my foolishness and showed me the reservations book - packed. Doh. Crushed, I imagined myself slinking off to the uninviting tandoori joint across the street when she took pity on me and offered me a seat at the bar. This turned out to be a winning formula as it meant I got the opportunity to order from both the tapas menu and the dinner menu.

Moro itself is a large, boxy room tricked out in muted colours with fairly standard furniture. Fuck it, I don't go to restaurants to consider their interior decoration . I perched myself on a rickety enough stool at the bar and was instantly offered a drink and given both the tapas menu and a dinner menu. Freshly baked bread appeared with some seriously zingy olive oil. Good start. I ordered a glass of Verdejo and set about checking out the clientele surreptitiously in the large mirror over the bar. About 80% female and well turned out, so this might be a good place for the sleazier types amongst the IPB fraternity. In terms of atmosphere you couldn't be further from recessionary Dublin - you could be sure these people weren't having repetitive conversations about negative equity and tracker rates. The fact that it was London Fashion Week may have helped.

I ordered two tapas as a starter and decided to mix and match my cuisines; grilled chorizo and Baba Ganoush. The chorizo was what you'd expect; a firm, meaty hunk of chorizo, just oozing a tiny bit of paprika-flavoured oil. A million miles away from the cellophane-wrapped crap that infests our supermarkets. I mopped up the remaining oil with my bread and turned my attentions to the Baba Ganoush. This is an old favourite of mine that I like to call 'hummous for the discerning gentleman'. This version was not as silky smooth as some but had a beautiful smoky aftertaste from the grilled aubergine with a faint, but not overpowering hint of garlic. Sublime, my only complaint was they didn't provide any flatbread with it.

I pushed away the plates and the friendly barman immediately removed them and offered me another glass of verdejo. I was sure I recognised his accent so I enquired what part of Australia he was from. "Clonmel" came the reply . Yes, another glass please.

The main duly arrived; billed as 'Charcoal grilled mackerel on flatbread with chilli, cabbage salad, walnuts and tahini sauce' which I thought was a decent example of typical Moro cooking. I also love mackerel and will order it at every opportunity. This was a really exciting and inviting dish; perfectly cooked mackerel (again with a hint of smokiness from the grill) sitting on Moroccan-style flatbread and a zingy mixture of walnuts, chili, sauce and a few pimientos piled on top. Not something I would ever think of myself but thrown together by an expert, superb. The verdejo chased this all down nicely. Service was friendly and unobtrusive throughout.

I was sated after this so didn't bother with desserts but they did look enticing; 'Rosewater and cardamom ice cream' or 'Yoghurt cake with pistachios and pomegranate' both sounded intriguing. One decent espresso later and I was out the door. The damage was about £40. There is no equivalent of Moro in Dublin, more's the pity, so if you do get the opportunity to eat here I would heartily recommend you take it.
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Old 24-02-12, 22:26   #20
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Restaurant Name: Bon Appetit

Location: Malahide

Website: www.bonappetit.ie

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Went here tonight for GF's birthday without knowing too much about it except that it has a Michelin star. Maitre D got mixed up and said 'party of 8' because there was another booking under my surname which is excusable I guess. We were brought up to the dining room which has no more than 15 tables and is very well turned out. The quality of the furnishing is great and the super heavy curtains and carpet give it a very intimate and quiet feel.

We opted for the 7 course surprise menu, and a bottle of Croix Des Vents which is a Bordeaux. It came in at 37 euro which was on the lower end, but this is fine given we're relative wine noobs.

After the excellent bread, (I had bacon and onion and she had traditional sode bread) first out was an amuse bouche of spicy carrot veloute with lentils and gruyere choux pastry. It was very nice and buttery without having an overwhelming flavour. Next up was pigeon breast with pureed swede, baby carrots and bacon lardons with some kind of jus. This was really good, despite me being a bit skeptical about pigeon. It's a very dense meat, but the texture was well offset with the swede and lardons.

Next up was a Dublin Bay prawn ravioli with lobster bisque and tomato fondant. Very nice without being outstanding. A nice change of pace from the pigeon.

Following this we had a raspberry sorbet, then into the 'main' course which was Roast Breast of Pheasant, Confit Thigh, Jerusalem Artichoke, Creamed
Celeriac and Black Truffle Jus. This is one of the nicest things I've ever eaten, only second to Conrad Gallagher's quail risotto in Salon Des Saveurs. Just amazing.

Pre-dessert was lemon meringue (foamy) with some soft of biscotti. Very nice again without being remarkable.

Desert was a vanilla pannacotta with pineapple slices and a kind of chocolate wafer. Really nice, and not overly sweet which suited me perfectly because I don't have an overly sweet tooth.

We finished off with coffee and chocolates. Not mad about the coffee. It was quite bitter and the chocolates only arrived after I had finished the coffee and they were far to rich to eat with no drink.

Overall the service was excellent and the waiters were very knowledgeable about what they were serving up. One of two slight mis-steps but nothing to get us out of joint.

Total cost including tip was 212 euro and I think it was well worth it. Would highly recommend trying it out, and I think its better than Chapter One, but I've only ever done pre-theatre there.
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