Category Archives: Restaurants


Poulot’s is a class apart

From the moment you step into Poulot’s Restaurant in Donnybrook, Dublin, you are entering a comfort zone, designed so you can relax and enjoy your meal.

And you certainly will enjoy your meal. Charming though the environment may be, the food prepared and cooked by Jean-Michel Poulot surpasses everything. A speciality is a Japanese-style yellow fin tuna, while the loin of venison is wonderful and delicately flavoured.

Poulot’s is not cheap. How could cuisine of this calibre be so? But it is superb value. For sheer flair, its excellence will make any celebration memorable.

The imaginative dishes set Poulot’s in a class apart. Starters include rabbit loin served with basil risotto, pepper compote and sage butter or seared duck fois gras, served with fig compote, toasted brioche and vinegar syrup. Main courses like the fillet of barbary duck is worth ordering just for the buttered green cabbage with which it is served. Seafood dishes include spiced scallops or roasted fillet of sea bass. Both are highly recommended.

For good calorific value try Opera Carupano for dessert. It contains 70% cocoa chocolate fondant! A little of what you fancy indeed.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive!

There are many great wines – some that are known for the vibrant colour, some because they are bursting with flavour, some because of the pleasing packaging.

Beaujolais Nouveau stands out from the pack. It is a wine free of pretentiousness, without the complexities that may intimidate those new to wine tasting.

From Thursday 15th November, Beajolais Nouveau is available at La Mere Zou, in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. You can book a table at this wonderful restaurant quickly and easily with DublinEvents.

Beaujois Nouveau is very much an ‘immediate’ wine, so don’t miss your chance to sample this year’s vintage.

Don’t think outside the boxty

Who would travel to Italy and not eat spaghetti?

Well, when you travel to Ireland you have to try the local speciality – boxty. And where better than Gallagher’s Boxty House, who specialise in this rustic dish.

Boxty is a traditional potato pancake. While the name comes from the Gaelic “Aran Bocht Ti” (meaning “Poorhouse Bread”) the chefs at Gallagher’s Boxty House have turned this simple dish into a wonderfully special and mouth-watering meal.

Gallagher’s Boxty House is situated along the old cobblestone streets of Dublin’s cosmopolitan Temple Bar district, and has made serving unique Irish food presented in a contemporary, European context a speciality.

The ambience is just right for a restaurant located in vibrant Temple Bar with live traditional and modern Irish music played every day.

Prices start from €9.95 to €12.95, making Gallagher’s Boxty House an ideal choice for a lunchtime meal, available from 12.00pm – 4.00pm). The Early Bird Menu offers great value at €15.95 for 2 courses or €18.95 for a three course meal, available from 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

You can also pick up a Gallagher’s Boxty House polo shirt, cigarette lighter or keyring as a souvenir of your visit to a restaurant that celebrates the finest traditions in Irish cuisine.

You can book a table at Gallagher’s Boxty House quickly and easily with DublinEvents.

Traditional food and Irish history at Six

Restaurant Six is a popular pre-theatre dining venue, just outside the Gate Theatre in Parnell Square.

Formerly part of Groom’s Hotel, the building is rich in tales of after-hours socialising by politicians. It recalls an unlamented by-gone era of gombeenism (loan sharking) which may be good for a laugh as you await your starter of spicy crab or enjoy a traditional dish of boiled bacon and cabbage served with rich parsley sauce.

Highly recommended is the scallion mash which is the complement for braised shank of lamb – a quality alternative to fish or steak. The mash tastes delicious, especially when mixed with the juice of the meat. That menu is available from 5.30 p.m. to 7.15 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

The main evening menu is a different kettle of fish! The excellent choice of starters includes Dublin Bay prawns, battered mussels tossed in smoked bacon and parsley dressing or seafood chowder.

Surf and Turf provides an interesting combination for main course indulgence. Prawns are served with fillet of prime beef and make an excellent combination.

Fowl choice includes shredded roast duck (greatly enhanced by the hoi-sin sauce) and pan fried breast of chicken (stuffed with spicy chorizo sausage). Lamb and steak are also available, but the roast tail of monkfish with mussel and prawn provencal is truly special.

A thought has been spared for the vegetarian diner who can opt for a baked spinach and cherry tomato omelette which is served with tasty pan fried onion and herb fried potatoes. Access to Restaurant Six is through Hotel entrance.

All Rhodes lead to Dublin

Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has opened his first Irish venture, the exciting new restaurant RhodesD7.

RhodesD7 has Gary Rhodes distinctive touch, using top quality local ingredients, as well as inspiration from his travels across the world.

The food in RhodesD7 is a fusion of traditional Irish favourites and European cooking – Gary Rhodes always tries to celebrate local cooking in his restaurants, and RhodesD7 is no different.

Main courses include braised shank of lamb, served summer vegetable ragout and champ potato. Among the other hearty, rustic mains is the RD7 Ploughman’s, a speciality at the restaurant. This is made with Cashel Blue quiche, baked ham and piccalilli, smoked salmon, Irish Camembert, rabbit and foie gras terrine, tomato and basil salad and chips. The combination of flavours is stunning.

A selection of 120 wines is available to compliment your meal, with every major wine producing region represented.

Gary Rhodes will oversee RhodesD7, while head chef duties go to Paul Hargreaves. Paul has worked with Gary Rhodes for the past six years, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to RhodesD7.

Find out more about RhodesD7 or book a table.