Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin

Excuse the rubbish photos! I found these shots from a fantastic birthday lunch my wife and I had in “Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud” last year. RPG (unfortunate initials!) is mecca for many Irish foodies. It is Ireland’s only Michelin 2-star restaurant and is located in Dublin’s swanky Merrion Hotel.

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Myself and The Wife arrived at the Merrion and were ushered into RPG’s lounge. We ordered a couple of glasses of white wine while we looked over the lunch menu. We were personally welcomed to the restaurant by front-of-house manager Stephane Robin which was a great start to the meal. A lot of people imagine RPG is incredibly stuffy, but it’s actually very friendly and relaxed.

After squinting at the blurred photo I took of the menu, I recall we started with “Roast Quail with Apple Polenta & Verjus” and “Terrine of Foie Gras & Smoked Eel, Salad of Vegetables, Soy & Maple Dressing“. Both dishes were excellent, but I seem to remember the flavour of the smoked eel overpowered the more delicate flavour of the foie gras.

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Mains were a resounding success; I had “Fillet of Venison with Roast Salsify, Spinach & Morel Jus” and The Wife was happy with her “Fillet of Atlantic Cod cooked ‘A la plancha’ with petits pois à la Française“. Desserts (pictured) were “Roast Pineapple, Mint Sabayon & Pineapple Sorbet” and “Chocolate & Coconut Tian with Coconut Sorbet“; both delicious, but the tian made me think “Michelin star Bounty” …

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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

21 Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

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