We got a query via Twitter recently about tasting menus in Dublin – do we know any websites that list them? We didn’t know of any websites, but as helpful chaps who jump on any chance to think and talk about food, we decided to get a list together ourselves. Many helpful Twitterers gave their tips, so here’s a list along with prices where we could find them. We can discuss whether they’re a good idea or a huuuuuge rip-off at the end!
- Chapter One has a renowned tasting menu for €80; you need to book a full table to avail of it. What constitues a full table? No idea! They also have a ‘kitchen table tasting menu‘ for €85.
- New and widely praised Dawson St restaurant The Greenhouse has a ‘surprise five course menu’ on Saturday evenings for €75.
- L’Ecrivain does a six course tasting menu for €65.
- Indian restaurant Ananda in Dundrum has a special tasting menu. It’s not clear on the website how many courses or how much.
- Bang do a seven course one that’s apparently often discounted on Groupon and other coupon sites. There’s currently a deal for them on Menupages. Our pal Maria Crispy tried it once and reported that the food was nice but the portions a little miserable and they left still hungry.
- Haven of poshness Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has two tasting menus; four courses for €80 or eight for €165.
- Restaurant Forty One, in the Residence private member’s club on Stephen’s Green, does a six course tasting menu for €75.
- Bon Appetit in Malahide does seven courses for €70.
- Brioche on Aungier St do a ‘Ce Soir Tasting Plate’. I can’t see the menu and price; their website has one of the oddest navigation menus I’ve seen in a while so it’s possible I’m missing it. I’ve heard good things about this place.
- Thornton’s do a five course taster for €90.
- Sabor Brazil do a Brazilian tasting menu for €100.
- Finally, the lunchtime raw tasting board at Rustic Stone is really interesting. It’s usually €15 but they just said on Twitter that anyone quoting ‘CheapEats’ in May can get it for €10. Score (Make sure you quote this offer when ordering).
Phew! So as you can see, there’s lots of options in Dublin, and they nearly all come with fairly hefty price tags. If you know of any more (Dublin or elsewhere), please leave details and links in the comments below.
What do you think of tasting menus? Are they a fantastic way to taste a million billion different things, or are they a stupid way to spend loads of money on Barbie-sized portions that leave you ravenous? Tell us what you think.