Saturday, 8 January 2011

Restaurant Review - The Tea Room, Dublin

Location
In the Clarence Hotel, Wellington Quay, Dublin.

Cuisine
European.

Ambiance
The restaurant is situated in what was the ballroom in this hotel (where they maybe used to hold tea dances?)  It is a spacious room with high ceilings and large windows, and has a raised seating area at one end.  The tables are spread well apart so you have lots of privacy and due to the size room too much noise when it is isn't an issue here.  The decor is modern with muted colours.  It has a very relaxed atmosphere.

General
We always buy from the Market Menu which doesn't have a huge choice (which of course is usual with set menus), but what there is on it is excellent.  I had salmon fishcake with a wonderful mayo dressing.  The fishcake was large, moist and just melted in your mouth.  For my main course I had ribeye steak with horseradish sauce and chunky chips.  The steak was very tender and had some kind of marinade on it that was very tasty.  The chunky chips were light and slightly crispy, just as they should be.  My friend and I shared a portion of creamed spinach which was delicious.  For dessert I had chocolate fondant with banana ice cream with toffee sauce, very rich and very gorgeous!

Service
The staff are very friendly and attentive.  We have been regulars in The Tea Room and The Clarence Hotel for many years and when we had this meal we were given a complimentary bottle of wine in recognition of our patronage.  We were both surprised and delighted, that's what I call good customer service!

Price
A la carte is moderately expensive.  The Market Menu is 20 Euro for two courses, 25 for three, excellent value for this standard of food.  They also do reasonably priced lunches and brunches.

Northern Star Rating   *****

(Photo from Clarence Hotel website)

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