. Restaurants .

Posted: Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 8:28 PM
Location: L'Gueuleton, Fade Street
Dining companions: My man

I was reading a copy of the Dubliner 2010 restaurant guide today, & this one caught my eye on two counts! One: It was nice and close to the pub that myself and my man were heading to - our first date pub of one year previously (ahhhh!).  Two: They didn't take reservations and getting a table could be tough.  Instant challenge!

We arrived at 7pm and getting a table proved to be no challenge at all in the end, plenty of room infact! I did note that by 8.30pm it had really started to fill up, although there we were still free tables, so maybe my first top tip for L'Gueuleton is to head there on a Sunday night to be sure of a table!

We had a lovely young waiter, courteous & helpful - I did note that he was slightly less attentive towards the end of the meal, as the place has become busier, but in saying that I am (apparently) notoriously impatient with regard to service at the end of a meal (getting the bill, fighting to actually pay the bill etc), and our boy certainly wasn't the worst!

I don't recall the wine list as being extensive as such, but we were happy with nice Bordeaux.  Note to self: I have to take my notepad out with me and make some notes, it's amazing how much I have forgotten - the reviews will improve in detail from here on in!  For this one however, it was a nice Bordeaux - enough said! ;o)

Perusing the menu there were some solid French classics: escargot, moules, Toulouse sausages.  The variety seemed ok as well, although the mains had a slightly fishy focus for me, but that's maybe just my taste, unfortunately not all of the meaty mains were too my taste which probably didn't help.

A quick snap shot of our dishes:
Me: Chicken liver and foie gras parfait, Moules frites, Lemon Tart
My man: Potted shrimp, Toulouse sausages w/ roasties and sauer kraut, Chocolate tart

Without notes I'll struggle with a detailed review, however some aspects of the meal really stuck with me.  My parfait was fantastic - smooth and rich, and accompanied with poached pears which were delicious.  My man's sausages were served with sauer kraut which came as a bit of a surprise - this may have been our fault as we didn't notice it on the menu, but it was a bit of shame as it wouldn't have been one of his first choices when considering favourite accompaniments for sausages that's for sure.  Another slightly disappointing element was the mussels - in the whole bowl there was actually only one lovely big juicy mussel! One!  The others were all quite small, and juicy would certainly not spring to mind as a descriptor! Luckily the white wine sauce was nice and flavoursome to make up for it, and the chips were spot on.

Overall, L'Gueuleton had a warm and cosy atmosphere, which for quite a large open room is quite an accomplishment.  Service was friendly and generally efficient, and I definitely considered it too be good value.  We had a wonderful night, and I would whole heartedly recommend this place to all! 

Price: €115 - 3 course each, one bottle wine (€36), 1 x glass dessert wine (€6), 1 x espresso (€2)

Overall, L'Gueuleton had a warm and cosy atmosphere, which for quite a large open room is quite an accomplishment.  Service was friendly and generally efficient, and I definitely considered it too be good value.  We had a wonderful night, and I would whole heartedly recommend this place to all! 

Price: €115 - 3 course each, one bottle wine (€36), 1 x glass dessert wine (€6), 1 x espresso (€2).