L' Gueuleton, the restaurant with the unpronounceable name in Fade Street has been a firm favorite of mine since doors openend. The reason it simple; it has never failed me. That does not mean it is perfect, because it isn't, but it is the kind of food I love in an atmosphere I love.
The restaurant is not as busy at it was years ago. A result of the recession? New trendy places opening somewhere else? I don't know, and I don't care as on a saturday you can now take a dander down at 17.55 (doors open at 18.00), find no queue, and book a table for say 7 without any bother. A few years ago you had to be there at 17.15 latest to have any chance of securing a table for the evening.
Saturday last I had a nice charcuterie stater, followed by John Dory, and a creme caramel for desert. The GF had the chicken liver and Foie Gras terrine, the streak with sauce bearnaise, and stole a bite a my creme caramel. I tasted all dishes and they were all good. The terrine was great, my charcuterie was good (should not be too hard, you buy it in and cut it thinly), the creme caramel was as you would expect it; rich and caramel-y. The only fault was the John Dory being slightly overcooked. A shame as it was the most beautiful and generous piece of this delicious Zeid fish I have had in a while. It must have been taken from an impressive specimen. It was by no means offputtingly overcooked, just slightly. But still a shame.
The wine list is pretty good too. I went for the Touraine, which was good and fruity. A shame they had no Sauternes to go with the Foie Gras, but it was adequately substituted. Also they offer Bollinger La Grande Cuvee 2002 (at 145 Euros). This is a great Champagne and it makes me happy to see this kind of thing on the wine list. It shows they know their stuff. Oh, and any place that does a good german Pilsener like Krombacher gets my thumbs up too.
We finished with a glass of Pineau (I want to see this on offer in more restaurants please!) and coffee.
As I said, not perfect enough to have Mr. Michelin come out with a star, but consistently good food, based on classic French cuisine. Dublin should be chuffed to have a restaurant like this.
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