I very recently had dinner at the Blackboard Bistro with my partner during a weekend away in Dublin.
I must say the experience as a whole was very good, just a few small things and it could have been excellent.
Firstly, all the positives -
Immediate response to a booking request, despite a change of time it actually worked out better to eat at the revised time.
Great location in correspondence to our hotel; I know they can't help that but it was still a positive!
Great looking restaurant, lovely little staircase down to the restaurant which could have been fun after a few more wines!
Decor and tables set out fantastically, not too cramped and lovely quality feel for all cutlery and glasses.
Waiters and staff very attentive to our needs and always someone around to ask questions/ request additional drinks.
Great knowledge of eh menu when asked questions on dishes, always nice and reassuring it's run independently with an actual love for the customers and food.
Starters and mains perfect, extremely tasty and served with exact time needed between courses.
Desserts not quite as expected but will move onto that later.
Everything very quaint and really a heat feel that the business cares for the customers needs. Nice to see the chef coming out of the kitchen to discuss the dishes with the FOH, no doubt this helps to ensure everything is right first time.
A couple of bits to suggest -
Table was very close to the entrance, on the main walk to the bathroom and close to another table of two. I'm not sure if it was put there to accommodate us as they were busy but made things a little disjointed as people came in and out and also walked past us to the toilet. This is only our experience though and 90% of the tables wouldn't have this problem.
Due to the location of the table near the bar and the intimate nature of the restaurant it got quite noisy when plates and glasses were being stacked behind the bar. Again this would only be an issue in the front of the restaurant and when it's early.
Most items offered very good value however £3.50 for a can of 7Up seemed incorrect, it was the same as the bottle of Carlsberg.
The desserts were tasty and offered good variation, I had the cheese and my partner had the chocolate moose. The cheese were all good and artisan but I would prefer them to be served a bit warmer to get the most out of the flavour. Also the biscuits weren't the best quality, some nicer damsels or Bath Oliver's would compliment the cheese better. Although my partner did say the grapes were good. I wasn't sure on the Moose as it was a bit liquid for my liking however I was assured it was very tasty.
That is everything and I hope any bits for improvement do not put you off ,they were very slight, and I have already recommended 3 of my friends and family in Dublin give it a try.
I am sure with the interest of the owners in making this business work they will take my suggestions on board and hopefully rectify to make this a perfect dining experience.
If you are out for dinner in Dublin at all make a booking, you'll be very pleased with your choice!
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