Who doesn’t love a good voucher. You know the ones from groupon, living social etc but in general, they tend not to be for places I particularly want to go to. The offers on the thetaste.ie are a different story, and if you don’t know the site, get yourself over there tout suite. I have in the past purchased ones for Klaw, Odessa, Rock Lobster (oh, how I miss thee) and L’Avenue, and have been more than happy with the offering. This time around, I bought one for Brasserie Sixty6 on South Great George’s Street, a restaurant that I’ve wanted to try for ages, but for some reason haven’t, despite the fact that my bus stops just outside it! Anyhoo, the offer in question was for 2 course dinner for 2 people from their new Steak & Lobster Menu plus 2 summer cocktails for only €50. Not bad, eh? Especially given that the cocktails on offer would normally cost €10.50 each.
The restaurant was a lot bigger than I had expected from the outside, and was buzzing as to be expected on a Thursday evening, however it has even more seating to the back which would be great for larger groups as well. And so our scoff fest commenced! Before kick-off, we were brought over two large slices of sourdough bread and some butter on a wooden board. Much needed, as I was a bit Lee Marvin to say the least. We ordered some sparkling water as himself, not being an indigenous Paddy, has not yet built up a de-sensitivity to the manky bleachy taste of our fine chlorine-rich Irish tap water. For starters, we both ordered the Caesar salad. In restaurants, as in life, I’m not a huge fan of soup. I’m sure it was flavoursome and all that malarkey, but just a bit practical if you know what I mean. The salad did exactly what it said on the tin with a generous portion of fresh crispy lettuce, parmesan, sourdough croutons, and a whole heap of crispy rashers.
And so on to the raison d’being there – the main course. Himself ordered the lobster tails, which were tasty (I’m told) but judging by his little disappointed face, somewhat on the smaller size. Nonetheless, the tempura claws, and chunky chips all contributed nicely to fill the belly, and he was by the end a happy bunny indeed. For the sake of comparison (although having seen their size, I didn’t have the heart to taste some of his precious lobster) I had the sirloin steak which was beautifully juicy and served with chunky chips and a gorgeous Bearnaise sauce which had lovely lumps of lobster. Delish! Alongside the meal, we had the Spiced Blood Orange Margarita, and the Absolute Midnight in Paris. Himself originally ordered the former, but he found it a tad sweet so we did swapsies, but I would’ve been more than satisified with either. Or preferably both.
Unfortunately, despite all my efforts to lever my dessert pocket open, I just couldn’t fit any more in. But let me just say, the dessert menu looks gorgeous: Chocolate Truffle Cake with caramel ice cream and burnt orange caramel, or how about Raspberry Red Velvet Cake with raspberry jelly and vanilla ice cream? Stop the lights! Methinks, you can now appreciate just how full I was to have been able to resist such lusciousness. So, to sum up: service was very friendly and efficient, food was delicious (and plentiful), and the voucher an absolute steal. Get yours now while you can!