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Feb 3, 2013

Eden Bar and Grill – Hot Little Sister!

When my girlfriends suggested Saturday night supper to celebrate a birthday jam (three of us!), I did a mental walk around town and picked my top restaurants. Temple Bar fave Eden was on my list and one of the girls said she’d heard it now has a little sister on South William Street. So off we went to Eden Bar and Grill, delighted to discover a new place, tucked in where beauty shop Nu Blue Eriu used to be.

The interior is chic and understated and I could see from my perch in the lobby that Eden was full in a nice way, all din and chatter. We were led to a cosy table at the back, near the open kitchen and it was nice to be secluded yet close to the action. The ever changing menu serves all, from fussy eaters to the more adventurous, great when eating with a gang. And full of tasty bits and bobs, to mix and match.

Once drinks were on the table – Mojito mocktails for me and my pregnant friend – our friendly waitress got her notebook out. I went for a medley of starters and sides, cos that’s how I roll. Goat’s cheese beignets with beetroot, smoked mackerel with purple potato salad and sprouting broccoli with toasted almonds. With my salady, veggie tendencies I rarely order meat, but I had plenty of alternatives here.

The girls tucked into chicken with haricot beans, pork belly, mushroom risotto and a fine chargrilled sirloin, all whet with a nice Merlot. My myriad plates were a jungle of fresh leaves and delicious side sauces, which I piled into one dish. My only disappointment was the parsimonious mackerel, which was served 80s haute cuisine style. More please, Sir? But I had enough of everything else to fill my belly!

The atmosphere at Eden was as good as the food. We were comfortable cackling, gossiping and catching up, as all around us conversation flowed. Dessert was accompanied by soothing piano music. I found room for yummy Gathabawn Farm ice cream, while the girls finished with brioche and butter pudding, chocolate mousse and pecan pie. And a nightcap at Cafe En Seine, just like old times…

Eden Bar and Grill, 7 South William Street, Dublin 2 / www.edenbarandgrill.ie

Feb 13, 2012

Brasserie Sixty6 – Party Time!

It’s your birthday! Everybody in the club! What else to mark another year wiser but meet a bunch of mates, stuff our faces and quaff cocktails. Brasserie Sixty6 on South Great George’s Street was venue of choice. With it’s varied dinner menu and plenty of space, it’s ideal for a good gang of people. The place does a roaring trade on birthday parties, Hens and Stags.

We wet our whistle at No Name Bar across the road on Fade Street – I recommend the bramble, fresh berries mixed with lemon and Bombay Sapphire. We mosied on over to Brasserie Sixty6, where two of my pals were propping up the cute little in-house bar. Turns out the knew each other already from Laughter Yoga!

We took over a nice big table at the back. Having opted for a late sitting at 9.30pm, the place had filtered out a bit and it was lovely having quiet spot to ourselves. I always like intimate lighting and candles – nothing worse than spotlights!

I held court in the middle so I was chatting left, right and centre. Lovely Chardonnay… And I did have some bites too! Fried goats cheese and walnut salad was seriously noms, followed by pork and black pudding with fondant potato, spinach and apple. Amazingly there was still room in my dessert belly for Eton mess with silky strawberry ice cream.

My bunch of merry men were happy with their fare too – I was spoon fed the crab cocktail, which looked so pretty in a martini glass, some roasted monkfish and a chunk of melty chocolate brownie. Last stop Cafe En Seine for a nightcap and a toe tap – a blast from my suit wearing past.

www.brasseriesixty6.com / Brasserie Sixty6, 66 Great South Georges Street, Dublin 2