Asador: Sometimes, you should just get the steak
One of my best friends here in Ireland is turning 28 in a few days and because we are all going away at some point in August, we decided to advance her birthday celebrations and organise a surprise dinner party for her. Asador is famous among steak lovers in Dublin and my friend Fannie is one of them. We agreed to bring her there, so the three of us, her boyfriend and mine could celebrate this day together.
Located close from Baggot Street, the restaurant boasts a classic elegant atmosphere and I wouldn't be surprised to see business lunches and dinners organised there. We all sat at a round comfortable booth and were greeted nicely by the staff.
While there are a couple of fish dishes on the menu, meat is the conspicuous star of the show in Asador. Two of us ordered the burger and the three others went for the 8 oz dry aged picanha. For 23 euros, this steak comes with chips and a choice of sauce.
While waiting for our mains, we nibbled on some delicious sourdough and brown bread sipping on our wine.
The burger looked good. The meat patty felt slightly greasy yet the bun and toppings tasted lovely - I guess when it comes to burgers, I like the meat to be really lean, à la Bunsen. I had nothing to complain about for the chips. Trying a small bite of the steak, however, convinced me that this should have been my pick on the menu. While I wouldn't be the biggest meat eater, I can definitely recognise a good steak, like the one we had a few months ago in Featherblade. When in a steak place, order the steak, I should have remembered. The burger, albeit perfectly decent, wasn't the right choice.
For dessert, we all ordered the warm chocolate fondant, served with a scoop of banana ice-cream. Cooked on the outside, nicely runny on the inside, and a strong chocolate taste: this is what makes a great fondant. This one ticked all the boxes and we all licked our plates clean.
The moral of this story? Sometimes, you should just get the steak - and save a room for the chocolate fondant.