Friday, August 21, 2015

Dublin's TAVERN at the dylan hotel is hot (8-7-15)

Our second night in Dublin brought us about a 10 minute walk away from St. Stephen's Green just across the canal to Ballsbridge and the trendy new Dylan Hotel where the feel at TAVERN is chic and trendy but not noisy nor snobbish. The service was superb and the food simply excellent and again, oh so fresh,
An amuse bouche of Irish Crab, Seaweed and Citrus was just right as it had been a long day and we were quite hungry. A 2013 Gavi "I Risi" from Giribaldi had a mineral finish that we loved.
Breads arrived in the form of cheese and herb focaccia with our choice of olive oil, Irish butter or pesto dip.
Samuel was on a soup kick and chose the Tomato & Basil Soup with Goats cheese, which he now seems to be okay with on a limited basis.
Will & I both chose the Surf & Turf which was huge Roast Prawns with a monster portion of Irish Beef Tartare. On the side was a divine bergamot aioli with lemon that was sublime with both the surf and turf. The meat was some of the best ever, as Irish beef has been on this entire trip.
For main courses Samuel chose the John Stone Irish 10 ounce Ribeye Steak with Onion Rings, Chunkey Chips and Red Wine Jus. The rings were shared and I have to say they were some of the best one earth; he adored the steak as well.
Will and I both chose the Fish Plate which was loaded with Salmon, Octopus, Salted Cad and all on a portion of Wild Garlic Risotto with Citrus & Apple. The salmon had crispy skin and like most fish comes from the west coast, where we headed afterwards, and I can't say enough how amazing this fish is.....!!!
We decided to try a side of traditional Irish Colcannon which is mashed potatoes with bacon(ham) and cabbage, which was nice but won no prizes as it really is like a mashed potatoes with some extras.
We had a long day and headed home without dessert, but full well loving every bite we had at this TAVERN!