Cellar Bar, Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland [REVIEW : PHOTOS]

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    Lunch, December 2014

    Originally we wanted to have Christmas Brunch at Balfes, but unfortunately they were fully booked.

    We went to the Cellar Bar & Restaurant at The Merrion Hotel and were lucky. They had a table available for us.

    The Cellar Bar is located in the cellars of the main building of the hotel. It is an 18th century Georgian house and the cellar is magnificent, looking rustic with exposed bricks, arches and very thick walls.

    We had a large table for two. The bar was already full, but the staff managed the crowd well.

    Fellow diners were other couples and families, some with very small children, others with teenagers. All of them were well behaved and the atmosphere was good.

    Our waitress was attentive and no matter how busy it got, she was there when we needed her.

    We ordered a large bottle of still water, a Red Nose Reindeer Cocktail, an Espresso Martini and a Cappuccino.

    The Red Nose Reindeer was a Christmas special and contained Makers Mark, orange juice, grenadine and lemonade.

    The Espresso Martini was made with Illy Coffee Liquor. It was delicious.

    The Cappuccino was creamy and smooth, so very good as well.

    He had a three course meal, while I had a two course.

    He started with leek and potato soup. It was smooth and tasty.

    Next came the pasta with aubergine, ricotta and tomato sauce and the steak sandwich. When ordering the sandwich I was offered fries or crisps. Since I'm not a fan, I received a generous portion of salad instead without prompting.

    We liked both dishes. The steak sandwich was moreish and especially delicious thanks to the roasted onion and saffron mayonnaise.

    Our desserts were a slice of Coolattin Cheese with condiments, mango sorbet and a glazed chocolate dome with clementine coulis. As always the dessert was the highlight.

    The friendly staff found also time for a quick chat, but was never intrusive. That's how we love it.

    The bill came in at 76 Euro (ca. 95 USD).

    Would we return? Yes, it was worth our time and money.

    Would we recommend this Restaurant & Bar to a friend? YES!
    Would we visit again for lunch or Dinner? YES!
     
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    Here are some of our images we took during our recent lunch at the Cellar Bar, Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland in December 2014:

    [​IMG]|| Our Christmas Lunch @ The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland || December 2014 || The Cellar Restaurant & Bar || Beautiful food, drinks and services, highly recommended in the heart of Dublin || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr
    [​IMG]|| Our Christmas Lunch @ The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland || December 2014 || The Cellar Restaurant & Bar || Beautiful food, drinks and services, highly recommended in the heart of Dublin || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr
    [​IMG]|| Our Christmas Lunch @ The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland || December 2014 || The Cellar Restaurant & Bar || Beautiful food, drinks and services, highly recommended in the heart of Dublin || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr
    [​IMG]|| Our Christmas Lunch @ The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland || December 2014 || The Cellar Restaurant & Bar || Beautiful food, drinks and services, highly recommended in the heart of Dublin || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr
    [​IMG]|| Our Christmas Lunch @ The Cellar Bar, The Merrion Hotel, Dublin, Ireland || December 2014 || The Cellar Restaurant & Bar || Beautiful food, drinks and services, highly recommended in the heart of Dublin || by || UggBoy♥UggGirl || PHOTO || WORLD || TRAVEL ||, on Flickr
     
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    Indeed, very tasty. Highly recommended.
     
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    Added to my IRE list. Always looking for someplace different, I have a habit of hitting the same places on every trip.
     
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    Same here, when we had good experiences we tend to be loyal, but of course, it's important to diversify when eating / drinking out while on travel. Good to hear the memorable Cellar Bar is on your "to do" list. There's also the Cellar Restaurant and the No. 23 Bar. The Patrick Gilbaud restaurant which holds 2 Michelin stars. Up for Afternoon tea? The Drawing Rooms in the hotel are recommended for their Art or Festive Afternoon Teas. It's all very memorable. Cheers.
     
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