I want to start doing a few restaurant reviews, since it seems that's what everyone does these days. I will use the word review very lightly because I am no reviewer but more of a sharing platform than a review. Reviews to me are just like anything; it all depends on who you ask? on what night they went? who their server was? What they ordered? Etc.. So many opinions and not enough specifics. It used to be like going to the movie rental store (Blockbuster) and asking the person if the new release was good or not. They might not have the same taste, likes, dislikes, so your going to get an answer that could be the further from what you were looking to watch or like. So I'm not going to review restaurants in this section, I'm just going to share some of our experiences. And I can say that 9 times out of 10 they have all been well worth the trip.
My family recently went to Ireland for a few weeks and I scoped out some Michelin Starred restaurants I wanted to eat at before I left. Here is the first one we ate. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud which holds 2 stars from Michelin. We had an absolutely wonder multi course lunch, we had our little 1 1/2 year old with us who they accommodated like one of their own. Here is the lunch
The amouse started off with a parmesan pana cotta with a parmesan chip with a bit of aged balsamic and micro basil
Great little starter to lunch, which is all an amouse should be
Next I had the Seared Foie with miso ice cream, and Peanut Brittle. Don't need to say it was awesome but I will. It was awesome! The foie was very different then Hudson valley foie or even sonoma for that matter. That was one of the big difference I noticed immediately, Very different texture in the Foie Gras. It was delicious.
My Wife had a perfectly cooked salmon with a passion fruit sauce with soy beans and sprouts. She loved it.
The next course for me was sole stuffed with foie gras with gnocchi, celery, and hazelnut. Again a very good dish. The gnocchi were like to little pillows.
My wife had a perfectly cooked halibut with red curry and english peas. Again another great dish that we destroyed.
On to the meat courses. I had squab with asparagus, sunflower seeds, and roasted shallot puree.
My wife had beef with olive crumble, avocado puree and roasted tomato. Each were served with a side of fluffy mashed potatoes.
Then we had our pre-dessert which was some sort of coffee and cream take. It was light, crunchy, sweet, salty, and with strong flavor of coffee which I normally don't like but this was absolutely devine.
For dessert my wife went for chocolate torte which was not only beautiful but perfectly delicate with a thin wafer and silky chocolate filling
I had the strawberry's and cream dessert which was absolutely fantastic. Loved the meringue tube with parfait, macerated strawberries with buttermilk ice cream. Loved it!
and what would the dinner be without our petite fours or mignardies Pate fruit, Cannales, Licorice Macaron, Financier, Cake ball, and tartlet
Mr. Guilbaud actually came to our table and said that were giving our son the best experience by taking him there we really appreciated them accommodating us even though we were an hour late. Dublin isn't the easiest cities to get around in especially with all of their construction downtown. They showed us their new cookbook and their kitchen and then we were on our way. I highly recommend Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud if you are ever in Dublin. Well deserving of the 2 stars they hold and not to mention a gorgeous dinning room. Hope you enjoyed!