The Cliff Townhouse – St. Stephen’s Green

When my Dad came to visit a few weeks ago it was the perfect opportunity to visit The Cliff Townhouse, a fish restaurant and hotel located on St. Stephen’s Green in a gorgeous Georgian house. The restaurant has a beautiful deco decor with a colour scheme of white and blue and collection of sparkling chandeliers. Unexpectedly we were given a private booth raised above the rest of the restaurant which meant that we could have a bit more privacy to chat and catch up over dinner.

The bread served as we were seated was delicious and the table was laid out beautifully. To start Dad had 6 oysters which he gave an 8/10 and then he had the fish and chips (as did J) and the feedback was that the fish was nice and fresh and had a good thin batter but the chips were just ok.

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I had the McGrath’s Spiced Beef – rocket, cheddar, hazelnuts as a starter. The haslenut and beef combo worked surprisingly well and the beef was very good quality, however I felt it needed some sort of dressing to add some moisture to the dish as it was too dry. As my main, I had Organic Sea Trout – braised baby gem, fennel, pearl onions, almond, grape Gazpacho. The trout was superb and cooked to perfection and the puree and grape went with it beautifully! A really super dish!!! For desert J and I shared two scoops of the sorbet (rhubarb & rasberry) which were both full of flavour and a great way to end the meal.

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Generally I rate this restaurant very highly and it would make my Dublin top 5! My only criticism was that I ordered a side of spinach which never arrived and one of our party ordered a herbal tea but an english breakfast tea arrived.

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