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!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Seagrass, Dublin 2

UPDATE: Please read my 2012 visit to Seagrass for a more up to date review

Seagrass Restaurant has been established on Dublin's South Richmond Street for some while now. It's currently offering value lunch menus - €13 for two courses or €16 for three. I decided to treat myself to nice, quiet lunch.

The restaurant is calmly decorated with Scandinavian overtones. It's peaceful and cool - it urges you to have a relaxing lunch. I decided to go for the €13 menu and ordered the pate followed by a pea risotto. While I was waiting, the waitress brought me some tomato bread, along with a passata dip. I loved the texture of the bread - airy with firm bubbles, but I found it devoid of taste with no salt or discernible tomato flavour. Only the colour gave away the nature of the bread.

The pate came with two little ramekins of chutnies, one was spiced apple and the other seemed to be plum or fig-based ( I really can't be sure), but both were really good. Crispy slices of bread accompanied the generous dollop of pate, but again I found the pate itself to be a little underseasoned.

Although I was pretty full from the generous pate and bread, I soldiered on with the pea and sun-dried tomato risotto. Served in a bowl-plate, it came with green pesto dressing poured around the sides and parmesan on top. It had a smooth creamy texture and I loved the pops of flavour delivered by the fresh little peas. Once again though, I experienced the recurring issue of seasoning.

Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at Seagrass - there is something really good going on in the kitchen with good, fresh, hearty food at very good prices. Very well recommended and with an early-bird menu for €20 (two courses and a glass of wine/bottle of beer), it's never been a better time to pay a visit.


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