A 5 star experience at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud
We hadn’t eaten at any of Ireland’s Michelin starred restaurants before – some places with recommendations but none of the big names. On the weekend of my birthday this year, my husband and I treated ourselves to a child free weekend (my parents are wonderful, generous grandparents who look for every opportunity to have the boys to themselves ). Dublin was our destination so we chose lunch at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on Saturday to celebrate my birthday in style.
Everything about the place is comfortable and stylish. All the staff were perfectly professional and friendly: we shared some rugby banter with Stéphane (he still believes that Brian O’Driscoll is the only Irish player France need to worry about – although maybe Tommy Bowe has made that list now too!) and a couple of tweets with front of house and head chef Kieran Glennon too.
I am not going to describe each dish in detail as I am not a restaurant critic (we both loved every mouthful of what was served right from the bread all the way through to petit-fours) but will instead let the pictures below do the talking. Every morsel was polished off both our plates, our glasses continually topped up, and portion sizes for the whole meal were absolutely perfect – something my husband commented on in particular and a topic I will revisit in the future. We chose the set lunch menu for EUR50 for 3 courses which also includes amuse-bouche and petit fours. Our total bill, including drinks but not service, was EUR132: this experience represented excellent value for money and next time we are going all out on the tasting menu (baby bump restrictions will not apply).
We strolled down to the Natural History Museum just beyond Government Buildings to stretch our legs after lunch and said hello to Spotticus the Giraffe, wondered at the whale skeletons, and searched in vain for Anto the Dodo (he is currently interred in the upper galleries that are being refurbished). This is a place I remember being awestruck when visiting as a child and I look forward to bringing my boys to visit the “Dead Zoo” very soon.