29 June 2016

Incredible Seafood (and Value) at The Cliff Townhouse, Dublin

The Cliff Townhouse Restaurant Dublin Review

Housed in a gorgeous Georgian red-brick on St Stephen’s Green, The Cliff Townhouse restaurant has an enviable location and a luxe and monied vibe: think navy leather, heavy white tablecloths, brass and chandeliers. Which makes the affordable pre-theatre menu all the more surprising – this seafood focused menu is incredible value, at just €25 for two courses, and €30 for three.

We weren’t actually going to the theatre, of course, which always makes me feel a bit of a cheapskate when I’m eating from that menu; instead, we were restoring our sense of selves as civilised, urban types, after two nights and three days in a field.

The Cliff Townhouse Seafood Restaurant Dublin Review

And – as the sister restaurant of the lauded Cliff House hotel and restaurant in Waterford - The Cliff Townhouse is very civilised indeed: it’s elegant and polished, and it’s hard not to feel just a bit more elegant and polished yourself while you’re there.

We started with their own bread and butter, and delicious as it was, I really should have passed: my wild mushroom risotto starter was very generously sized. Creamy, rich and topped with parmesan, it was also too good not to eat every bite.

The Cliff Townhouse Seafood Restaurant Dublin Review

Himself opted for the tuna ceviche, a lighter option, and probably more sensible if you want to fit in dessert. He loved it: fresh, raw tuna chunks with zesty lemon and lime, a kick of chilli and topped with avocado ice-cream.

The Cliff Townhouse Seafood Restaurant Dublin Review

We both picked sea bream as a main course, which was perfectly cooked and served with a hearty mix of peas and broad beans. Again, this was generously proportioned with two fillets per person – one of mine came home with me in a doggy bag.

Ginger crème brulee – for him – and a Le Fizz cocktail for the lady (grey goose vodka, elderflower liqueur and soda water – try it!) rounded off a thoroughly enjoyable and delicious meal and we’re already looking for an excuse to go back.

The Cliff Townhouse Seafood Restaurant Dublin Review

The pre-theatre menus are available at The Cliff Townhouse six nights per week over the summer, served from 5:15pm to 6:15pm Monday to Saturday; www.theclifftownhouse.com.

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