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Real Gourmet Burger Terenure Review

Real Gourmet Burger, Terenure

And so my quest to keep it local continues. On this particular occasion, I had a severe bout of the lazy-Maisies and didn’t want to cook, and so armed with a jammy little voucher from Groupon, I took myself and the Mammy up to Terenure to a spot I’ve been curious about for some months – Real Gourmet Burger. The restaurant is situated in the heart of Terenure Cross/Village/Enclave which has seen the opening of quite a few new eateries and quality shops in the past year. Not to mention a right fancy looking Aldi. On the ground floor, the restaurant has a laid back atmosphere, decorated with modern, solid Scandi-style furniture, bricked walls, and an open kitchen at the back. Upstairs, there’s plenty of space to easily house small functions and gatherings. And so on to the food, the voucher was for 2 burgers & fries, plus wine (or craft beer) for €20, which given that all the meat is naturally reared and free-range is quite the deal indeed!

Unlike Bunsen, Real Gourmet Burger offers up a whole host of burgers – with 12 types of beef, 2 lamb, 3 chicken, and a couple of vegetarian options. I ordered the classic lamb burger with melted mozzarella, aubergine, and mint mayonnaise. The Mammy went for the Old Timer beef burger with roasted mushroom, caramelised onions, streaky bacon, Swiss cheese and house-made horseradish mayo. Both burgers were served in a poppy seed bun with rosemary fries, and a nice little Pinot Grigio to wash it down. I have to say, everything was a complete triumph.The burgers were cooked perfectly and the add-ons enhanced the flavour of the meat, without overpowering it. Admittedly, there is a brief moment when you think “how am I going to get my gob around that”. But never underestimate the humble gob, folks! They are truly a marvel of design and engineering. Or is that the Golden Gate Bridge? Anyhoo, despite our fullness, but in consideration of the Sundayness of the day, dessert was, I felt, entirely necessary, and so we shared an Eton mess. Lots of meringue – although, perhaps too much – with lashings of cream and beautifully sweet strawberries. A nice end to a lovely meal!

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The restaurant has a great buzz with some pretty decent tunes in the background, and friendly staff adding to the casual atmosphere. When we arrived it was almost full. By the time we left it had got quieter, which is to be expected on Sunday evening. I’d highly recommend picking up one of the vouchers while they are still available. And if they’re gone, hey nonny nonny,  it’s is still great value at full price. Methinks, you’ll like it a lot!

Real Gourmet Burger, 101 Terenure Road East, Dublin 6

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Tani Sushi, Terenure

I don’t know about you, but I have an awful habit of discriminating against restaurants outside of the city centre, thinking that what chef with any credibility or ambition would locate itself in the ‘Burbs? Well hopefully that mindset is changing somewhat, with restaurants such as Bastible and Craft choosing to locate outside the inner circle and not allow their creativity (and obviously profit margins) be stifled by the ridiculously high rental costs and council rates that plagues their city centre contemporaries.

Out in the burbs where I habitate, I am lucky to have within walking distance of my home (I say walking in a theoretical sense of course), Tani Restaurant in Terenure. Formerly known as Tani Sushi, the eatery underwent renovation early last year, and out went the vacant looking IKEA furniture, and in came darker, moodier woods and exposed brick to give a much more professional look and cosier atmosphere. On my visit last week, the pan-Asian staff were, as always, extremely friendly and really, really smiley. The restaurant itself is small and was brimming over with families on this particular Sunday evening. As we are wont to do, we did the perfunctory act of taking the menus and pretending to consider the options available to us, but inwardly knowing the outcome was always going to be the same. So without any level of experimentation, himself and myself chose one of our favourites to share as a starter – 6 pieces of Spider roll (€13.50) consisting of deep fried soft shell crab, flying fish roe, avocado, crab meat, and spring onions. I’m not one of life’s biggest sushi fans, but this was absolutely delicious with the crab lending a sweetness to the rolls which appeals to my non-sushi loving palette. If you’re not a sushi lover yourself, give these a go, or alternatively try the hoi sin duck rolls which we didn’t have on this occasion but are also seriously scrummy.

Tani Spider Rolls

Himself followed this up with the Tuna and Salmon Set (€13.00) made up of 2 salmon nigiri, 2 tuna nigiri, 6 pieces each of salmon and tuna maki (the roundy ones). In his opinion, these were some of the best sushi he had tasted in Dublin (his other favourite being Zakura in Wexford Street), with the freshness of the fish being particularly evident. Being the sushi philistine that I am, I was more in love with the decorative wasabi bow! For my part, as I was having one of those “order-the-same-as-always” evenings, I had me some Chicken Yaki Soba , a.k.a noodles and vegetables with deep fried chicken pieces. The dish is served with chilli sauce and ginger on the side in case you want to take the heat levels up a notch. Even with the additions, the noodles are not too spicy but my idea (possibly wrongly) of perfect Asian street food.

Chicken Yaki Soba

Having just the right level of fullness, we decided to share a green tea Creme Brulee for dessert. Although the custard had split somewhat, I still found it nonetheless tasty and light. Himself wasn’t feeling the love for it though.

As long as Tani keep up this level of great food at a good price, we will definitely keep coming. And who knows, maybe the Gourmet Burger, and the Italian place up the road are also worth a try. My ‘aul Leap Card could do with a rest anyway.

Tani Restaurant Terenure

Tani Restaurant, 93 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6w. Tel: (01) 538 8000