As a foodie, when on a city break, I do like to ensure I try out some of the best food which normally includes a michelin star or connection. In Madrid it was Benares, here in Dublin it was L’Ecrivain. This restaurant was awarded a michelin star in 2003 to present. At the helm of this operation is Chef Ferry Clarke, a celebrity chef with a CV full of television appearances under his belt. The question as always with these type of personalities is can he cook? Well I guess it doesn’t matter when you have a talented brigade taking care of business. The restaurant was opened in 1989 by Derry and his wife and stands proud to this day, no doubt seeing other restaurants come and go.
The first thing you notice about the restaurant is it’s sweet little courtyard that it is based in. Once you enter reception, there is a grand piano to the right with seats around, at the time occupied by ladies loving the fellow tickling the ivories playing their favourite tunes. On the first floor and a mezzanine area is the restaurant. The food is described as Irish and French, whatever they want to call it – I have one word, gorgeous.
We were served an oyster as an amuse bouche. I had foie gras with spiced mango and a side of brioche as a starter. Then we headed straight into our mains. I went for the aged Wicklow lamb with aubergine, milk curd, artichoke and lamb jus whilst my guest had the roast poussin with peas, girolles and garlic.
The food was as you would expect from a team inspired by a seasoned chef, perfectly cooked and tasty. The food was a good size for fine dining and the service style was very formal. This is not really a jean and trainers place, best to make an effort.
110A Lower Baggot Street