Seasons Restaurant, InterContinental Hotel, Dublin, Ireland [REVIEW:PHOTOS]

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    February 2016, Our Spring Brunch visit

    On a Saturday in February 2016 we debated where we should go for lunch or brunch on Sunday. We were open for a new experience and thought we should up our game a bit, so we sent an e-mail to the InterContinental’s Seasons Restaurant and checked if we could have a table the next day. An hour later we had our confirmation.

    [​IMG]|| SEASONS RESTAURANT AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL || DUBLIN || IRELAND || OUR SUNDAY BRUNCH VISIT || “SPRING BRUNCH” || FEBRUARY 2016 || A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr

    We hadn't visited the Intercontinental Dublin since it changed from the Four Seasons a year before. We wanted to give the new management time to develop their own concept.

    Most of the rooms and all public spaces are renovated now.

    When we arrived we enjoyed the new contemporary lobby.

    When walking towards the Seasons Restaurant we noticed the gift shop had closed for good, but a spa shop had opened at a different location instead. They sell ESpa products for ladies and gentlemen.

    Some of the artwork was still the same, while new pieces have been added.

    We were warmly welcomed by the Maître d'. and brought to our table. He was very proud of the new Spring Brunch, which had started only a week earlier and did show us the appetizer buffet. We were the first ones to arrive and it looked very beautiful. There was also an egg station.

    We liked the new design. It was lavish and brighter than during previous visits. Some features were still the same, like the lampshades and the mirrors, but the carpet, wallpaper and chandeliers were new. The dining room was also more intimate.

    The buffet was small, but the quality of the ingredients very high and lots of the produce was from Ireland. The smoked salmon came from the Hanlon Smokehouse in Dublin, the crabs are from Dinish Island, the oysters from the Hearty Family in Dungarvan, the butter is handmade in Castlebar and the Arbutus Bread is from County Cork.

    We chose the Greek Salad, the smoked salmon, grilled vegetables and the bread and butter.

    There was also a Caesar Salad Station, which we had already encountered at the Intercontinental in Sao Paulo.

    We asked for the chef, because we both wanted an egg white omelette with onion, spring onion, tomato and peppers.

    The main course was served a la carte. Our choice was the pan fried line caught wild sea bass with pea and tarragon puree, confit golden beetroot, purple potatoes and lemon butter sauce and the collection of seasonal vegetables with creamed celeriac, purple potatoes, roasted squash, citrus courgette ribbons, braised fennel and pickled silver onions.

    Other choices were striploin of beef, spaghetti alla Carbonara, Bouillabaisse, braised pork cheeks and the Intercontinental beef burger.

    The dessert was a selection made by the pastry chef and was presented as if we were having afternoon tea. It included chocolate mousse, an éclair, opera and strawberry cake, two types of meringue (one in a mini ice cream cone with lemon sauce and one filled with cream and topped with berries), a fruit tartlet and fruit salad.

    Our drinks were two bottles of still Intercontinental branded water, one Luscious Dream (alcoholic cocktail with Mozart White Chocolate Liquor), one Tropical Storm, non-alcoholic, and two green tea.

    The cost of the brunch was 45 Euro (ca. 49 USD) per person and included the water and tea. The water wasn't mentioned in the inclusions, so we expected to pay for it.

    The meal was excellent and one of the best and memorable brunches we had so far.

    Standouts were the bread and smoked salmon. Our main courses were very well presented and his seasonal vegetables looked similar to a dish from the Zirbelstube in Stuttgart, where we had lunch and dinner in September 2015. It was maybe less detailed, but the flavor was excellent.

    We loved the desserts too. They were very luxurious and tasty. We split them up according to our preference and let the other one try. Some we couldn't share, because they were too small. Since we have similar tastes it was a bit difficult to decide who should get what.

    Staff was attentive and eager to please.

    Other guests arrived later. Most of them celebrated an occasion, like birthdays. There were a few families with smaller children. They were well behaved and the atmosphere was good, but not too loud.

    Our bill came in at 110.25 Euro (ca. 120 USD).

    We will return in the future to have an outstanding Sunday Brunch here again in Dublin at the InterContinental.

    Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
    Would we want to visit this restaurant again in our future? YES!
     
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