As a treat before going to see Casablanca in the National Concert Hall last weekend, Cathal’s parents brought us to The Cliff House on St. Stephen’s Green. I had never been nor heard of it. Being on St. Stephen’s Green located in one of those beautiful Georgian buildings, elegance and class is the name of the game here. The dining hall is big, airy and has the air of old-time glamour about it. The staff were attentive without being annoyingly helpful (a pet hate of mine).
We ordered from the 3 courses for €25 euro menu (the early bird I think) to get to the NCH for 8pm. When we arrived, our waiter brought us a board of home-made olive bread and brown bread which was a nice touch, I thought. I had a mushroom soup with bits of battered black pudding to start and it has blown any other mushroom soup I’ve ever tasted out of the water. It was so tasty. Not too creamy and full of flavour. The black pudding bits were also fabulous.
For mains I had sea-bream on a shellfish risotto. Also lovely, it didn’t look like a huge amount of food but the fish was very filling and the risotto made a lovely accompaniment with bits of mussel meat and prawns with it.
I also picked well with dessert, I went for the raspberries with white chocolate mousse and was very happy with it. It came with chunks of pistachio and the raspberries were made into a messy sorbet. The creaminess of the white chocolate mousse with the sharp flavour of the raspberries made for a delicious finish to a really good meal.
A definite must visit if you fancy a treat.