February 28, 2013

37 Dawson Street: A Dine in Dublin Experience

Yesterday evening I took advantage of one the great offers that are available as part of Dine in Dublin. 37 Dawson Street is a fantastic bar and restaurant which previously used to be Ron Blacks. The decor in the bar area is on the far side of quirky with animal skins attached to the walls and multi coloured chairs in the bar. For any whiskey lovers out there 37 also has a fully stocked whiskey bar tucked away down the very back of the building. It is a quiet, intimate space, is plushly decorated and is randomly where I watched a play as part of the Fringe Festival last year!

Furnishings in the Bar Area
The restaurant itself is located upstairs and is just as quirkily decorated.One of my friends exclaimed that it reminded her of a Gentleman's club but for ladies! We were particularly taken with the handbag chandelier.

The 37 Dine in Dublin menu had a good choice with four starters and five mains to choose from. One of the girls decided to go á la carte as she didn't want three courses which wasn't a problem with the staff. To begin though we were given our cocktail which was included in the price. It was a gin based cocktail mixed with tomato juice, basil and balsamic. You may think uggh as my friend did but then you would regret not getting one just as she did!! Though she did make up for it with her two White Ladies. 37 don't have a cocktail menu but they can make you anything you want. A claim I may have to test out next time I am there!

For starters I got the Rye field Goat's cheese, beetroot, candied walnuts, pickled fennel & rocket salad with lemon & thyme dressing. It was great starter not too heavy and the candied walnuts gave the salad a nice sweetness.

Rye field Goat's cheese
Miss M went for the seasonal soup which was Cauliflower and Parmesan cheese. She said it a was little too thick for her tastes and a little too heavy as a starter. Maya went for the Crunchy Calamari and Asian salad with chilli, ginger, coriander & lime dressing. The dressing was fairly hot but was nicely calmed down by the cocktails!
For the main I went for the Confit of Duck, braised red cabbage, celeriac dauphinoise & black cherry jus. The main was delicious though the only problem I had with it was that it was served on a board which made it difficult to use the sauce to full advantage as I would have liked to pour it over the duck.

Confit of Duck and Black Cherry Jus
Miss M's main dish was the Cajun sweet potato & Goat’s cheese filo served w/chickpea Cassoulet which looked delicious. Cassoulet is one of those perfect winter dishes.

Chickpea Cassoulet
Maya went for the Prawns a la Plancha- tiger prawns with garlic, chilli, parsley, olive oil & white wine served with white crusty bread. The prawns came with their tails which made them easy to eat and perfect for sharing. Maya lost a few off her dish when her back was turned!

Prawns a la Plancha
To finish we got a trio of desserts: Sticky Toffee Pudding with Hot Toffee Sauce, Blue Berry & Almond Tart, White Chocolate Ice-Cream & Chocolate Sauce. There was also a dollop of cream to eat with the tart. I love desserts like this, as I can never decide on what I want, and this is the perfect solution. In France, they call this Café Gourmand and it comes accompanied by a coffee or tea. This would be my dessert choice each time if all restaurants served them!

Three Desserts - Bliss
So how much did I pay for all this?? 25 euros is all and it is wonderful value. The dishes off the á la carte cost 7 euros for the calamari and 22 for the prawns. The bill in total came to 99 euros which was for two Dine in Dublin menus, the dishes off the á la carte, two White Lady's and a tea. So if you are looking for a great night out Dine in Dublin lasts till Sunday but if you don't feel like a meal just go and try 37's cocktails!

Check out the Dine in Dublin 37 Dawson Street menu here and for their regular menu click here.

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