When it comes to eating out in Dublin, there are so many incredible options opening up all the time that it’s hard not to suffer from FOMO. Which is why I’ve been loving Zomato, an app that lets you search for and discover the best places to eat near you.
And you’re about to love them too because not only can you browse menus, photos and user reviews with the app, but you could also win a €70 voucher to eat at Brioche Dublin - a charming and atmospheric restaurant in Dublin’s foodie-heaven, Ranelagh.
We’ve teamed up to celebrate Zomato Ireland’s recent arrival to the twittersphere (@ZomatoIE) – y’all know I love me some tweeting and when you throw in some photos of food, well I’m pretty much sold.
Brioche is a decidedly modern Irish restaurant with a Gallic bistro vibe, complete with an open kitchen, vintage French prints and large art-deco style lights in the dining room. In the warmer weather there are tables outside, where we finished our pinot-noir after eating. It’s a lovely spot, and was pretty much full on a random Wednesday evening – clearly an excellent sign.
|Left: summer salad; top right risotto; bottom right seafood beignets|
The tasting menus are the speciality of the house, but on this occasion we opted for a la carte: I chose the summer salad followed by risotto, while Mr Fluff went for seafood beignets, and then lamb. But first, an amuse-bouche of cauliflower foam and blue cheese (delicious) with our aperitifs: beer for himself and a raspberry bellini – a reasonable €7.50 – pour moi.
Everything was delicious: the salad light, crisp and tender, with pea shoots and new season greens, while the beignets were a spongey and savoury treat. The risotto - with summer truffle and liberally sprinkled with parsley and herbs - had me exclaiming at first mouthful, but the Mister’s lamb – the winning dish at Taste of Dublin – was really superlative; it was tender and tasty and melt-in-the-mouth.
The service is excellent and the waiting staff seemed genuinely knowledgeable and friendly. The portions are not big, but they are delicious – you will probably want the full three courses if you’re hungry – and the ingredients are local and seasonal, so the menu changes often.
So how do you check it out for yourself? Simples: just tweet the following and make sure you’re following me and the new Zomato account on Twitter, to be in it to win it!