Events: Dine in Dublin 2013
If there is one way in which we can say Dublin is evolving, it is in the quality and variety of eating opportunities. For example, right now there seems to be a burrito joint epidemic in our fair city, and this is a sign of the demand for diversity and accessible, quality food. On the whole, there is real action and effort from people who want to deliver good food, and equally know they need to be competitive. Dine in Dublin 2013 kicks off today and offers the chance to enjoy great food and service from restaurants in the city centre.
Ramp.ie attended the launch event in the Exchange Restaurant and Cocktail Bar in the Westin on Westmoreland St. The menu we chose from is the menu available throughout the coming week, and comes in at €25 for 3 courses.
All I need say is ‘steak and scallops’. It is tremendous value and was matched by the quality of service we had on the night. Every course was met with a succession of emphatic murmuring. We chose pork belly and crab cake for starters. My rib-eye was one of two steak options on the menu, and won a hard fought battle with the baked halibut for my favour. The crux was bearnaise – you put this on my arm, I eat my arm.
The responses escalated to squeals by the dessert course – banana parfait with pecan toffee ice-cream, lemon curd tart with meringue, poached pears with crushed amaretto biscuits, and a coconut macaroon mousse. We luckily had a sample of cocktails – gin and tonics, mint juleps and a Queen of Hearts tea cocktail. Each was designed by the bar and any day of the week come in at €10 or under. Consider this the next time you get a sugary glass of slop for €12 or more elsewhere.
The menu reads like one for a special occasion. Each of the days of this week can be made a special occasion, but of course, the right mindset should see you eat well every day. The Westin could not be more central; like so many of its counterparts participating in Dine in Dublin, we very often walk past and may never consider a week-day meal there. Have a look at the options on the Dine in Dublin website, you can choose by cuisine and budget. Off you go.