A favourite revisited, The Blackboard Bistro

I did a quick trip to Dublin and it was the first time in a little while. I was catching up with a friend and The Blackboard Bistro is a perfect place, unrushed and great for two foodies like us!

They have a set menu at EUR 25 for two courses and EUR 30 for three and it is a bargain. The quality of the food equals just about any upmarket French restaurant, but without the formal dining feeling and the price tag!

The menu changes with the seasons and this time neither one of us could resist pan friend calamari with ginger, chili, garlic, lemon and coriander. It is a classic flavour combination but here done very subtly to allow the calamari flavour to really come through.

As a pallet cleanser we got lemon sorbet with herb and a tiny bit of spirit. It was eaten in less than a minute and made us both smile! Genious!

It was a day just like the rest of this summer, pouring down with rain so we wanted a warming red wine to go with the food and we both loved the look of the Haut Cotes de Nuit, a Pinot Noir from the Bourgogne region, light but full of flavour and very easy to drink.

As a main I could not resist the Rib eye steak, my favourite cut. It came with the most beautiful pan fried (at least I think they were) potatoes. The meat was cooked to perfection and there was just the right amount of potatoes to match each bite.

It was served with a crisp and fresh green salad

After that we had a little break, still talking our way through what happened since last time whilst sipping the wine.

I did save a little room for their fantastic cheese board made. They serve French cheeses and to not eat all of it would be such a waste!

The goat cheese comes with a little honey to drizzle over and a twist of black pepper on top hits the spot for all my taste buds!

Perhaps after this amazing meal I am even more of a fan of this place. It is centrally located on Clare Street so if you want to know you get great food, always a warm welcome and of course a lovely wine list to choose from get just a tiny bit of the beaten track and you will not be disappointed!

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6 Responses to “A favourite revisited, The Blackboard Bistro”
  1. How good that you can revisit somewhere and it’s consistently good. It looks fab.

    • petra08 says:

      It is always a treat to go there! How is the allotment coming along? So much is not growing this year on mine 😦

  2. k donkey says:

    looks lovely and it all sounds wonderful.

  3. Lucky you Petra! these dishes look fantastic. I love the cheese board picture. I always enjoy eating a good cheese. (ps the small “sorbetto al limone” between fish and meat, great). Rita aka ritacooksitalian

    • petra08 says:

      hi Rita

      I love cheese and think it should be a food group on it’s own! 🙂 I will buy some lemon sorbet and make my own sorbetto al limone next time I am having a dinner, it was so nice.

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