This smart restaurant overlooks the inner-gardens at The Merrion Hotel (and has 2 Michelin stars, at the time of writing), and must by among The Republic's finest. It has its own entrance, so you don't have to venture in through the hotel itself, unless you wish. The dining room is light and airy, with crisp napery and the walls decorated with modern Irish art.
Although the cooking is French, in style, most of the ingredients are carefully-sourced from Ireland - some dishes even have 'traditional' names such as 'Molly Malone's Cockles & Mussels'. Starters might include the likes of 'Scallops, with Chicory 'Marmalade' and Black Truffle dressing'; or 'Duck Foie Gras with Black Figs'.
Mains - maybe, 'Red-legged Partridge with caramelised Salsify, Chestnuts and Sultanas' or 'Squab, with Savoy Cabbage and a Mead & Almond jus'. Foie Gras figures prominently. The cooking uses risky combinations - one popular dessert is Slow-roast Tomatoes with dry-fruit chutney, Mint-flavoured caramel butterscotch and Yoghurt Ice Cream. If in Dublin, the experience is a real treat.
Desserts are truly impressive - perhaps including ' Grand Marnier Soufflé' and 'Assiette of Chocolate' (5 hot and cold chocolate dishes, served with Banyul Sauce).
The more simple lunches are particularly good value.
Smart dress is always necessary.
- Food Style: Modern French
- Lunch: L Tues-Sat 12.30-14.15; Set L 40 euros (2 courses), 50 euros (3 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.30-22.15 ; D mains from 48 euros; set D 90 euros (2 courses), 105 euros (3 courses); Degustatin Menu 165 Euros (8 courses)
- Seats: 80
- Wine: An impressive wine list kicks off at around the 30 euros mark, and has about 10 by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Directions: Opposite the Government Buildings
- Parking: Parking in Square
- Closed: all Sun & Mon, 25th Dec, 1st week Jan
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available