Featherblade: in for a bloody good steak
I am not exactly a steak person. For years, when I used to live on my own in Paris, meat was hardly ever on the menu. It was not even a choice to not eat meat, it was just a matter of fact. I didn't feel like I needed it, I didn't really like it. When grocery shopping, I pretty much never got chicken, let alone beef and other type of meats. I have always been big on eggs - it's probably one of my favourite food ever - and I frequently had cheese and legumes so I didn't have any issue getting my daily amount of protein. I didn't take pride in being a "flexitarian", but I was very happy to minimise my carbon-footprint with my food habits.
Since moving to Dublin, I live with a man. And it is very hard for most men to think of a meal that wouldn't include meat. Even a massive plate of pasta would trigger the sentence "But where is the meat ?". It took a lot of convincing to make him try, once in a blue moon, vegetarian meals, and we have definitely upped our game introducing more fish to the table. But as a consequence of living together, I started cooking more meat than I ever had before, and eating it at the same time.
Even if I eat a lot more meat than I used to - and I have to admit that it is really growing on me - meat is pretty much never my go-to dish when I eat out. If I can, unless duck confit is on the menu - my favourite meat dish by far - I always go for the fish option. That is why if I am in position of choosing a restaurant, I will never ever choose a steak place.
A few days after our engagement, our closest group of friends wanted to celebrate the great news with us and booked a dinner for 6 in Featherblade in Dublin. I wasn't as excited as I usually am when I discover a new restaurant, but the great reviews I had read and some friends' praising of the place made me curious to make my own mind about it.
First, Featherblade is a great location and comes in real handy if you want to have drinks before and/or after your dinner. Our table was right next to the kitchen and if we were not getting any daylight, getting the buzz from the kitchen made up for it. The meal is very straight-forward and makes the ordering process fairly easy: a choice of entrees (that none of us tried) and the choice between two cuts of meat, the Hanger and the Featherblade. To go with our steaks (we ordered both between us), we got the six sides and three sauces (multiplied by two, you don't want to run out of chips and pepper with your steak right?).
One of the reasons of this place's success is the affordability of the steaks, between 12 and 13 euros, which is made possible because the cuts aren't the priciest but are made extremely tasty thanks to marinades. I felt it was worth every penny and even more: the meat was tender, juicy, perfectly cooked and overall absolutely delicious. The sides didn't disappoint either, with a special mention to the truffled mac&cheese (they had me at truffle), the creamy spinach and roasted sweet potatoes. I loved the béarnaise sauce.
Including wine and three desserts for six (which my party didn't give me to chance to photograph), the bill came at about 35 euros each, which seems very fair for the quality of the meal. The friendly and helpful staff made the experience ever more enjoyable. So much that I may actually go back, 100% willingly this time.