Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Exam Success - Lunch at L'Ecrivain

My company is currently sponsoring a group from the department to study for the CIMA Certificate in Management Accounting. It's only a basic certificate, but I'm pleased to have the opportunity to fill in a gap in my knowledge. We sat the C1 and C2 papers back in May (Management and Financial Accounting) and I recently found out that I had achieved first place in F.A. Additionally one of my colleagues had taken first place in M.A., so good news all around.

Our school, BPP, invited us to lunch at L'Ecrivain to celebrate this good news. L'Ecrivain is one of Dublin's Michelin starred restaurants, so there was no way that I was turning down this opportunity. Plenty of photos were taken on the day, and then we sat down for lunch. We had a choice of seabream or quail for starters, cod or beef for mains, and then creme brulee or chocolate pave for dessert. The seabream was a nice small fillet, simply fried and served with a few small squid rings. The beef consisted of a small steak, cooked medium rare served with a chunk of slow-cooked beef and onion rings. The slow-cooked beef was divine. Vanilla creme brulee with sorbet and fruit completed the meal along with coffee and petits fours. The service throughout the meal was beyond excellent, being extremely attentive and efficient without being obtrusive.

The dining room is nice, but doesn't feel like anything special. However, I did notice several alcoves and private dining spaces, which must offer a fantastic sense of privacy when dining. Our lunch was very good, not great but good. However, I would love the chance to return and eat at an evening sitting.

In addition to taking us to a fantastic lunch to celebrate our success, BPP presented us with a bottle of champagne, and a fountain pen. I was overwhelmed by their generousity. I've now got the next two exams coming up in October and I'm so inspired to perform well.

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