If you’ve been following along, you know that eating well was prioritized pretty high for my friends and I on vacation. If you haven’t, you can catch up here and here. We only spent 2 days in Dublin, but we had a couple meals worth sharing.
Lobby Lounge @ InterContinental Dublin
Simmonscourt Road, Dublin 4
My friends and I arrived in Dublin somewhat late so we decided to take it easy and hang out at our hotel lounge. We shared a charcuterie plate and the clams/mussels which were both tasty. The charcuterie plate included scotch eggs and now I wish all charcuterie plates came with scotch eggs. The only negative we noticed was that some of the servers looked beyond miserable. Look alive people!
Balfe Street, Dublin 2
We went to Balfes for New Years Eve lunch. Balfes is part of the Westbury Hotel, close to Grafton Street (i.e. shopping). The restaurant is Parisian and New York inspired with a chic, but unintimidating interior. It wasn’t crowded when we went so the service was pretty quick with the exception of getting the bill. I’m a sucker for duck so when I saw that it was the daily special, I knew what I was getting. My favorite part wasn’t the food though, it was the chai tea latte. I probably could have drank 10 of them. One weird thing that kept happening to us on vacation was that people kept getting seated almost on top of us when the whole restaurant was more or less empty. Why??
Tuna, hummus & radish, shallot with baby gem.
Wednesday special: confit of duck with orange, carrot & ginger.
Rice pudding with mango.
33 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
For New Year’s Eve dinner, we made a reservation at Sophie’s at the Dean Hotel. The atmosphere was young and trendy so we ended up staying after dinner and had a great time ringing in 2015. The windows wrap around almost the whole restaurant and would probably be gorgeous during the day or at sunset. I feel like you can tell how well an establishment is run when a complication arises. This definitely happened when the power went out for the whole block for over an hour. The place was slammed as most places are on New Year’s Eve, but we didn’t have any problems despite the darkness. The power was back by midnight and we danced the night away!
Baked hake, cavalo nero, baby shrimp, tomato dressing.
Sea bass, blackened cauliflower, mixed leaves, apple dressing.
We asked for something with chocolate even though there wasn’t anything listed on on the menu and this is what they brought us. Brownie a la mode with raspberry sorbet. The top of the brownie had a crunchy shell, giving it more texture. It was exactly what we were looking for.
First drinks of the year. Cheers!