Having an alcohol-free November, we decided to treat ourselves to lunch in each of the restaurants featured in Irish Masterchef, and first up was San Lorenzo’s. It was quiet as might be expected on a Monday, but a few occupied tables and good music created a pleasant atmosphere. Service was informal but attentive and professional. We both had pan-fried gambas bruschetta with a white wine, chilli and garlic sauce, which was exceptional and at €6.50 almost miraculous. A fat slice of focaccia in the middle of the plate soaked up the gorgeous juices and not a drop was left. Then I had a confit chicken leg which was an all-too-rare real soft confit, full of flavour with a fine squash risotto and tasty wild mushrooms. The chicken was very salty but it was explained that this is part of the confit process, and otherwise it was perfect. Cathy had grilled calf’s liver which was beautifully tender and came with a flavoursome sage and mustard mash among other tasty things. We were tempted to quit while ahead but succumbed to a shared tiramisu, and were very glad we did as it was just outstanding, light as a feather with a flavoured chocolate sauce and a lovely chocolate ice cream. For Monday lunch this was a huge success showed all the signs of a very promising kitchen, and we vowed to return.
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