26 Jan, 2009
M&S Restaurant, Grafton St, Dublin 2
Thanks to our reader Peter Whelehan who tipped me off about the great deal at the M&S Restaurant on the top floor of their Grafton Street shop. They currently offer a dinner special – a main course, dessert and a glass of wine for €12.50. I went to try it out on Friday with one of my top ladies of all time, Geordie Sue.
The restaurant is a large, spacious, vaguely space-age canteen, and we got a seat near their roof terrace. The main courses on offer as part of the €12.50 deal were Lasagne Al Forno, Prawn and Avocado Salad, Sausage and Mash, Chicken Kiev and a Vegetable Pasta Bake. You can choose any dessert from the dessert menu, which had a lot of choice, including Chocolate Pudding, Trifle, Sticky Toffee Pudding and a Banana Split.
I opted for the Prawn and Avocado Salad, which had good plump tasty prawns, but was covered in a little too much sweet dressing for me. I don’t think I’d choose that again, but would be keen to try out the other options. Geordie Sue’s Chicken Kiev was really nice and came with some of the best and creamiest mash either of us had ever tasted. For dessert, I had the Pancake Stack with Berries and Creme Fraiche, which was delicious and is also available on their brunch menu for only €3.99. Geordie Sue, being English, is not repulsed by Trifle like I am, so she tried M&S’s version and reported that it made her very happy.
So a hearty recommendation all round for the M&S Restaurant. As it’s a very bright canteen-style room, it’s not really the kind of place that you’d go for a long cosy meal, but it’s perfect for a quick, cheap but quality meal after shopping or before hitting the pub. The menu in general is very affordable, with mains costing from €10-€15, but the €12.50 meal deal is the best reason for going there. It has the same opening hours as the shop: till 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 7pm on Sundays. It would also be a good option for a nice inexpensive brunch – as well as the aforementioned pancakes, they do Eggs Benedict for €6.