Last Saturday night, an old friend and I arranged to meet up to discuss our careers and lives, preferably over some nice food and wine. We had initially arranged to go to the new snazzy Ormond Wine Bar on Ormond Quay Upper, but it turned out that they wouldn't be serving food until later that night due to a private party booking.
Well, we weren't going to let that put a spanner in our works and we headed off out into the night in search of somewhere nice to sit and chat. Turns out we didn't have very far to go, because right over Parliament Brdge, we came upon The Larder Bistro. Given that it was early on Saturday night, we had no trouble getting a table. I especially loved the little sprigs of rosemary which decorated each cutlery and napkin setting.
We both ordered a small salad for starter (smoked salmon for my friend and goat's cheese with balsamic carmelised onions) and then shared a large mixed platter of charcuterie and cheese. The large platter was more than enough for the two us and we loved the fruits, pickles and honey which accompanied the dish. We both enjoyed two glasses of wine each (a Rioja for my friend and a lovely Pinot Grigio for me). Total cost for two starters, one large main course and 4 glasses of wine came to a very respectable €55.
I really think that The Larder is doing the right food with the right wine at the right price. It's straightforward, honest and downright nice.
The Larder Bistro, Parliament Street, 8 Dublin 2. 01 - 633 3581