We were looking for somewhere for the 5 of us to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday. We had been a few times before and enjoyed the food and atmosphere and particularly wanted a restaurant where it felt good to 'dress up' for the evening. Close comparisons were Number 5 (menu too limited), O'Connell Street Bistro (only just been there - also v good). Merediths and French Cafe out of our price range!
Slightly disappointed with the table when we arrived - very close to the serving station and rather in the corridor - but a quick word with the Maitre D, Jeremiah, took us round the corner to a table that we all much preferred.
Jeremiah and his staff went out of their way all evening to make my daughter feel special. We received attentive and balanced advice about menu and wine choices, were offered samples of wine before committing to bottles and even extra portions of entree and side dishes so that everyone got to sample the excellent food.
We could all have chosen several of the menu options for each course. Difficult to pull favourites out of our selection, as it was all excellent, but Beef tartare with crisp egg yolk and the Fragrant black tuna, edamame, squid and crisp watermelon were stand-outs.
The restaurant was full and rather lively, with several large groups in, but our position allowed us to feel included in the ambiance without being overwhelmed by the noise.
The timing of the courses suited us perfectly, neither hurried nor delayed. I can't remember the last time I went to a restaurant where, every time I wanted something and looked up, one of the staff was there, ready to help, but without the intrusion of unnecessary interruption.
Dessert came with my daughter's plate nicely decorated and delivered accompanied by a chorus of Happy Birthday from the restaurant staff.
All in all, the best meal out we have had for a long time, made particularly special by the impeccable service of Jeremiah and his staff.
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