As our final farewell to a city we have loved living in we decided to go to Patrick Guilbaud and experience Ireland’s only 2 michelin star restaurant located next to the famous Merrion Hotel. We have been wanting to try this place ever since we heard of it but we wanted to save it for a special occasion. When I was doing my cooking course at Cooks Academy I would walk past the restaurant twice a day and imagine all the exquisite things they might be cooking up inside.
The restaurant was very colourful and we were showed to our table by a procession of staff. I was a bit thrown by the seating arrangement but J assured me that it was very French! All the waiters were French and the atmosphere was buzzy but ordered.
To start the meal in style J ordered a glass of VT Pinot Gris which he was very happy with! We were served a selection of bread and an amuse bouche of potato veloutee with grated cheese on top with a dusting of coffee. Surprisingly coffee does go really well with potato and cheese and really brought out the chocolate taste in the coffee. Shockingly I forgot to take a picture of it… bad blogger!!!!
For the main course I ordered Pyrenees lamb with pine nuts, olive and tomato, basil and herb mash served in a separate le cruiset pot (which I loved). It was by far the best presentation of a main course dish I have ever eaten! The mix of redie/brown lamb ju, green, red and white was gorgeous. The taste too was flawless and I really really enjoyed it!
I opted out of dessert as there was nothing that tempted me, but J went for the rhubarb and panacotta with lime ice-cream. I tasted it and it was a real disappointment, the rhubarb was not ripe yet and didn’t really have any flavour, which was a shame! It did look gorgeous though!
As we had nowhere to go we stayed and relaxed at our table and enjoyed coffee and petit four. The petit four was a lovely way to end the meal, especially as I didn’t have a dessert, J and I shared each one and I loved two of them so much that I had to call the waiter over to find out exactly what they were. The coffee was good and very well presented and I enjoyed chatting with J over a long cup before heading back into the blustery Dublin weather.