Dinner with friends in Delahunt
Dublin has become such a foodie town that I have a list as long as my arm of restaurants I have been meaning to visit. When I knew that one of my best friends from Paris was visiting us on the first weekend of October, I decided to book a table for the Saturday evening in one of the names on that list, Delahunt. I had heard the best about this restaurant in Camden, and only a few days after I booked, some friends gave us a voucher to this place. That was two reasons to be excited.
After a couple of drinks in No Name and Anseo, it was 9.30pm when we sat down at the table near the kitchen. After a whole day of nibbling around the city - with my beloved Fia, Bunsen and Queen of Tarts as pit stops - we were not that hungry when dinner time came but the four of us went for entree and main anyway. We started with a couple of slices of bread, baguette and Guinness bread and butter, both absolutely stunning. Frenchies are quite picky with their bread as you may guess, and the 3 of us - my two friends and me - became instantly addicted to the brown bread. Ireland, one (big) point.
My entree was beetroot, butternut squash and goats cheese. Nice combination of flavours, all very seasonal and beautifully colourful - unfortunately, the fact that the room was quite dark didn't allow my iPhone to take the best pictures and do justice to the plates.
The celery soup - which made this uncanny vegetable bearable for me, a miracle - and the ham hock and trotter were also winners at our table, while the smoked salmon impressed us with its dense texture and strong smokiness.
And served with a couple more slices of brown bread, it could only please a hungry French girl.
My main was hake, cockles and mussels, served with seaweed butter and black potato puree. Cooked perfectly, the dish expressed delicate flavours that all worked well together.
But when I tried my boyfriend's venison, I realised that although I tend to always get fish in the restaurant, it seemed a tad boring compared to the meat dish. What is happening to me ? Am I turning into a meat lover ? Who could have ever bet on that ?
At the table, the venison was a huge success, while the wild tart mushroom was good but not really a massive hit.
For dessert, we decided to share the cheese plate, and asked for... more Guinness bread, obviously - a request that a young waiter extremely kindly complied to, even giving us the end of the bread as a nice doggy bag. The three cheese were served with a delicious onion chutney and made us very, very happy.
Overall, we had a lovely experience at Delahunt. We all enjoyed the warm and elegant atmosphere, the beautifully refined food and the agreeable staff.