Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

While on a recent trip to Dublin, visiting Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud was a very special treat which was truly an experience. The restaurant is the only 2 star Michelin restaurant in Ireland and forms part of the Merrion Hotel. They describe their cuisine as contemporary Irish with classical roots.

On arriving, we treated ourselves to an aperitif in the lounge bar area. As you can see the wine list is quite extensive!

The dining room itself is a large and bright room. When walking from the lounge/bar area which is fairly dark, you are almost blinded by the brightness of the dining room. The restaurant crockery and glassware all has the restaurant’s monogram picture featured.

We chose to eat from the set lunch menu which is very reasonably priced (for a 2 star Michelin restaurant!). First they treated us to a terrine of rabbit which looked almost too good to eat and was delicious.

They had lovely hot gluten-free rolls on offer and, as usual, I couldn’t stop myself eating them and had 3!

For starters I really wanted to have the “paella” with Iberian Ham, however, unfortunately instead of rice, they used orzo which is not gluten-free. They offered to make me a special dish of a confit of aubergine and goat’s cheese. I appreciated the effort and it was very nice.

I’ve also included a picture of the paella (which my other half had) as I was very surprised to see a very generous serving!

For mains I had a the veal loin in pancetta, garlic, parsley, grelot onion and xeres jus. Unfortunately the waiters were too quick for me to get a picture but the main meals were served with a silver cloche (covers over dinner plates). Again, the dish was stunningly presented and tasted devine. You also received your own little side of vegetables.

For dessert I had the Jivara chocolate and exotic fruit cylinder which was the perfect end to the meal. A little bit of chocolate with refreshing fruits (you could definitely taste mango in there).

My other half had the fine apple tart with vanilla ice-cream and I had to include a picture of that as it looked so pretty!

To finish off we received petit fours (unfortunately none were gluten-free) and I had a double espresso.

The restaurant had a nice terrace area where smokers seemed to go in between meals and for coffee, however, we were too comfortable to move from our little booth.

I must specifically mention the service that we received as it was just amazing. If you got up from your table to go in the direction of the bathroom (you had to walk back through the lounge/bar area to get there), a waiter would quickly walk ahead of you in order to open the door for you (whether you were a guy or a girl). Everyone who was working was very smily and friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

Overall the food was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful and the service was first class. If you have the opportunity to visit Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud on a trip to Dublin, I highly recommend it and I know you won’t be disappointed!

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