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. 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.