Can anyone tell me how Manifestino, with 83% favourable reviews, has slipped to number 2 in the list of Rathgar restaurants - to be replaced by Il Divo, now in top position with 79%? Maybe someone with more knowledge of TA can enlighten me.
Living abroad, travelling a fair bit and choosing restaurants with care, it was such a pleasure on returning to Ireland for a few days to find a new restaurant that for cooking, friendliness and value for money can rank among the best that I've been to this year.
I booked a table for two and on arrival was greeted by a charming waitress (Rumanian) who during the evening looked after the two of us pleasantly and efficiently. As a bonne bouche we were offered cubes of a very tasty focaccia with loads of garlic flavour. For starters I went for the scallops (a must for me whenever they're on the menu) while my sister opted for the aubergine flan. She pronounced it to be delicious; my scallop dish was pure heaven. The visual presentation of both dishes was A1. Regarding mains, we both chose fish. She was delighted with her sea-bream; I was in ecstasy over my tuna. Previously I had never been happy about my restaurant experiences with tuna; the only occasions of satisfaction had been when I had bought fresh tuna and cooked it myself. But my attempts were poor compared to this. The fish was unbelievably light and tender while sacrificing nothing to full-bodied flavour. To anyone who says, "I don't like tuna" I would say, "Go to Manifestino." The white wine with my scallops was good, the red with the tuna was excellent. We had promised ourselves a dessert, but had eaten more than well and decided to stop while we were winning (We had pigged out on the focaccia, polishing it off so quickly that the waitress had brought us a second helping). A terrific evening. Back to No 1 in Rathgar, please, TripAdvisor!