When it’s time to catch up with my friends from college, I love when my pal Georgia does the organising. Georgia studied journalism too. Although not in my class; we always hit it off (I believe our first bonding sessions was over a game of Draw Something..remember that?) Georgia is endlessly fun – certainly the life and soul of the party on a night out. When she suggests we get together, I’m always intrigued and suitably impressed. She always manages to pick somewhere amazing that I haven’t heard about or experienced, and she’s always really confident about the outcome. She has a deep love for Keshk on Mespil Road (so do I) and she introduced me to the amazing wine room at House on Leeson Street. She’s fervent about sharing great spots and she knows a gem when she finds one. So where did she suggest this time?
The Table Restaurant!
I always like to keep myself informed on what’s new in Dublin and try new places as much as I can, all the while taking the time to return to a long list of consistently excellent favourites. While I have visited Lennox Cafe* (The Table’s sister restaurant) to experience a much talked about and much recommended spot for brunch, I’m ashamed to say I never stopped by The Table, which is a mere three minute walk from Lennox street. Oops. You win some you lose some!
**Lennox Cafe is now closed, but their breakfast menu is now available at The Table.
The Table is located along the bank of the Grand Canal. Katie and I (another college friend, no stranger on this blog!) sat on the grass along the edge of the water, accompanied by an abundance of lily pads until Georgia arrived. It’s such a quaint little area, and we had no problems at all finding parking, which can always be a challenge in Dublin city.
The decor is modern and bright, yet things become a little more chic as you ascend the stairs. Candles glow brightly on each step. I really liked the little extra touches that make this place special. You really could dine here for any occasion – birthday party, after work gatherings, family events or a romantic meal.
The menu is eclectic and well thought out; there’s something for everyone. I love clipboards with paper menus like these, don’t you? They’re usually an indication that a restaurant changes things up often, taking full advantage of seasonal produce. We decided to go for the early bird (2 courses for €22, 3 for €25) and even with the early bird options (these are marked on the menu with a red ‘EB’) it was still difficult to choose!
We all decided we wanted two courses; a main and dessert. Georga asked for a starter as a main, the goats cheese tart.
Katie was up for a no fuss classic and went for a bucket of chicken wings.
I ordered cod with glass noodles in a coconut curry reduction. Which I enjoyed very much indeed. It was fragrant, flavoursome and the glass noodles were the star – excellent texture and they looked fantastic.
For dessert, things fell quiet, which is always a good sign for ladies who normally never have enough to say! Katie had the chocolate mousse torte with passionfruit curd.
Georgia had bourbon vanilla panna cotta with summer berries.
I had Christina’s famous tiramisu. It was good, with smooth and crunchy textures. I’m pretty particular about tiramisu, I hate when it’s like a soggy blanket. The presentation was beautiful and the blueberries were a nice touch. However it will still never beat the best tiramisu I’ve ever had, at Los Abanicos in Benahavís.
We stayed for coffee after dessert, feeling very relaxed and well looked after. The staff were attentive but gave us our space. The food was very impressive as was the early bird pricetag.
A lovely peaceful location to get a bite to eat after a busy day in the city.
To visit The Table website, click here.
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