Fallon & Byrne . . .

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If only eating out was a sport, I’d be winning gold medals all round. I was working in the one of a kind, charming seaside village that is Sandycove (Dublin) today, and was loving life when my boyfriend informed me we were going to Cavistons for dinner apres-work.

Cavistons is probably my favourite restaurant in Dublin – If you don’t know it you need to get involved. It’s a quaint, intimate restaurant, specialising in gourmet seafood. Amazeballs. So intimate that it hosts only two settings an evening. Unknown to me, Bae hadn’t actually made reservations (typical), and of course a few hours later my whatsapp was bleeping away with changings of plans.

Fallon and Byrne it was. I used to work close to their delicious Exchequer St. branch, but had yet to experience Fallon and Byrne’s Dun Laoghaire location. I often go running (okay walking) along the seafront in Dun Laoghaire, and had been observing the People’s Park renovations over the past year or two. Fallon and Byrne opened in or around last December as far as I know.
It’s a stunning location, set on manicured lawns overlooking the sea. This evening was about as balmy as Irish weather gets, and so our luck was in – the charming view from our window table was picture perfect. I ordered a ‘People’s Park Pimms’ to make the most of the evening sunshine; it was so sweet and refreshing after my hard day’s work!

For starters I went with a rabbit, prune and pistachio terrine, on sourdough toast. Mark went with their soup of the day (as always) – tomato soup.

I always aim to pick random starters when I know my main is something safe. I love steak and so as soon as I spotted ribeye on the menu, I knew it would be getting in my belly. And so, I went with the terrine starter to jazz it up a bit. I’m not the biggest pate/terrine fan, and so as soon as I ordered it I instantly regretted it – and subsequently suffered major food envy at all the starters being served to other diners around me.

But I needn’t have worried – it was delicious. As was the soup. The bread served with our starters is baked daily in their Exchequer St. branch-tomato, brown and white breads. Melt in your mouth type stuff. My dinner date of course had one of each times three.

We both went for steak for our mains, which came with fries and salad, and a portion of broccoli to share. They’re extremely generous with their portions – the ribeye was seriously plus sized – to the point were I thought (for a split second) I may not able finish. But alas I did. The béarnaise sauce was incredible(much nicer than the peppercorn), although I could literally feel my waist band tighten from the butter. Still, too good not to dip my chips in it though.

We shared a dessert of meringue, served with Wexford strawberries & cream, with a vanilla crème pâtissière. I’m normally always a bit disappointed at desserts in restaurants – finding myself preferring a bar of Cadbury’s chocolate half the time. The meringue was lovely though, very light and fresh.

Our bill came to €110 (including a glass of Montepulciano wine, a Peroni beer and two cappuccinos). Pricey enough overall I thought, but I guess Saturday night is never cheap in Dublin for eating out.

Feeling very hard done by due to the harrowing task of sharing dessert, we then went to Teddy’s for a 99 (has to be done!)…


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