The Greenhouse, Dublin, Ireland [REVIEWS:PHOTOS]

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    December 2015, Our lunch

    Every year we have a pre-Christmas lunch. This year we went to the 1 Michelin starred restaurant The Greenhouse in Dublin, lreland.

    [​IMG]|| THE GREENHOUSE || 1* MICHELIN STAR || CHEF: MICKAEL VILJANEN || DUBLIN || IRELAND || OUR LUNCH || DECEMBER 2015 || EXTREMELY MEMORABLE || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr

    Reservations are only taken by calling or filling out a reservation form and sending or dropping it in.

    Prior to our visit we were in e-mail contact with the restaurant. All emails were timely and friendly answered.

    For December reservations a deposit of 30 Euro (ca. 32.85 USD) per person was charged at the time of booking, otherwise the deposit applies to groups of 5 or more guests. It is higher for dinner reservations.

    Two days before our meal Agnes from the Greenhouse called to confirm we were going to have lunch with them.

    The Greenhouse is located on Dawson Street in Dublin city center. It is opposite The Mansion House and the Celtic Whiskey Shop / Wines on the Green.

    The chef, who won only this year the Michelin star for The Greenhouse, is Mickael Viljanen from Finland. During our meal he was present and came sometimes out to observe the dining room.

    It was a rainy and very windy day, when we arrived on a Saturday in December, so we were a few minutes early, but it wasn’t a problem. Our coats and bag were taken and kept safe for us. We were then brought to our table, which was just the ideal location for us. On the one side private enough on the other side we could overlook the whole restaurant and part of the kitchen.

    The design is contemporary and residential with innovative Christmas decoration.

    Our fellow diners were a ladies group, businessmen and couples. The further the afternoon progressed the fuller it got, but it was never really loud.

    The wine list and menu were brought to us and we were asked if we wanted to start with still or sparkling water.

    A bottle of still Tipperary water arrived moments later. We were still studying the menu, when we were asked if we were ready to order. We took our time and the staff was attentive enough to realize we had made up our mind.

    We ordered van Nahmen gourmet juices (one white peach, one Riesling grape and one rhubarb) and the three course set menu. There was also a five course tasting menu available.

    Originally we had been advised a six course surprise menu would be served, so we had mentally prepared for not knowing what we would be eating beforehand.

    The drinks were followed by an amuse-bouche of crackers with cream cheese. The morsels were delicious and served on an interesting plate. It looked like it was material used at a building site.

    When removing the napkin from the bread plate we realized the plate wasn’t one colored, but featured a wintery tree.

    For our appetizers a bread basket with sourdough baguette and Irish Glenilen butter was brought to our table. It was very delicious and the presentation was rustic, understated and elegant at the same time.

    We started off with the Foie Gras Royale with apple, walnut, smoked eel and frozen Foie Gras and the Celeriac Veloute with scallop, truffles and chestnut. The Foie Gras was melt in the mouth and he loved it. My Veloute was creamy and moreish. I liked also the scallops.

    We both had the Sika deer with Jerusalem artichoke puree and skin, blackberries, potatoes and delicious croquettes. He had the dish without mushrooms. The presentation was beautiful too and looked like artwork. According to my better half the dish is more 2 Michelin starred than 1.

    The desserts included the passion fruit soufflé, white chocolate sauce and bitter sweet chocolate pave , brown butter ice cream and peanuts.

    He ordered the Tokaji Aszu Eszencia from 1999 with his soufflé. The sommelier bought the bottle and had already filled the wine in a carafe, so that it could develop its flavor. The Tokaji looked like liquid gold and was a standout in every way.

    When I said I wanted the Rhubarb juice with my dessert, the sommelier replied it was his favorite and that they had only recently started to work together with van Nahmen. Later when the Maître d delivered it, she also said it was her favorite and it turns out it’s mine too. The flavor is fruity, not very sweet, but crisp.

    The desserts were outstanding too.

    To round up the meal we had two Valrhona hot chocolates. Even this was unusual, because there are two flavors involved. One is local honey, the other sea salt and praline. It came delivered in a cup (honey) and the sea salt hot chocolate came in a small jug. I mixed them up, when I was nearly finished with the first cup. The combination was tasty too and it was definitely an indulgence.

    With it came four very tiny madeleines, which were again beautifully presented and tasty.

    Too soon (even if we had already spent two and a half hours in the restaurant) we had to ask for the bill and leave our cocoon to face the cold and the crowds outside again.

    The bill came in at slightly under 195 Euro (ca. 212.20 USD) minus the deposit we had already paid.

    We are still raving about the memories and can hardly wait to book again a table at the Greenhouse, so there is no doubt we will return and rather sooner than later.

    Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!

    Would we want to enjoy lunch / dinner again at this restaurant in our future? YES!
     
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    I also have tried The Greenhouse and it is quite good.
     
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    Yes, it's a beautiful restaurant, highly recommended. :)
     
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    Stop Uggboy you are making me want to go there. :-(
     
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    The Greenhouse is a beautiful restaurant, gorgeous cuisine. Highly recommended. :)
     
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    and Michelin starred
     
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    Indeed, The Greenhouse is a 1* Michelin starred restaurant, after having had lunch there twice so far we could see their ambition and hopefully a 2nd Michelin star on the horizon for this memorable restaurant with superb service, food and drinks offerings. :)
     
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    March 2016, our 2nd lunch experience at this beautiful restaurant

    On a weekend in March 2016 we had reserved a table at The Greenhouse, a 1* Michelin starred restaurant, the chef is Mickael Viljanen in the heart of Dublin for lunch. It was our second visit.

    [​IMG]|| THE GREENHOUSE || 1* MICHELIN STAR || CHEF: MICKAEL VILJANEN || DUBLIN || IRELAND || OUR LUNCH || MARCH 2016 || EXTREMELY MEMORABLE || OUR 2nd VISIT || HIGHLY RECOMMENDED || by UggBoy UggGirl, on Flickr

    We were immediately recognized by the Maitre d’, some waiters and the sommelier.

    Our table was nearly the same as in December 2015, but this time around we had better views into the kitchen.

    The menu had a bit changed. We were pleased to see the Sika deer was still available.

    Our drinks were a large bottle of still water, four van Nahmen juices, a glass of Tokaji Aszu Essencia and two praline and salted caramel Valhrona hot chocolates. The hot chocolate was served with Bailey’s honey cream, very decadent.

    Our starters were the Royal Foie Gras with eel and Sashimi of charred mackerel with blood orange and beetroot. The mackerel was a colorful spring dish. Like during our first lunch the Foie Gras was excellent and there was no difference in standard.

    The greeting from the chef was a goat’s cheese baguette. There was also a loaf of baguette and Glenillen butter, which was fantastic.

    Our main courses were the Sika Deer loin with Rhubarb, bitter herbs and beetroot. Last time the ingredients were slightly different, but the quality of the dish was the same. We had chosen the three course meal for 36 Euro per person. There was an additional charge of 10 Euro for the deer, though.

    Dessert was the passion fruit soufflé and the apple tart with caramel and ginger ice cream. The soufflé was as delicious as the first time, while the apple tart was new to us. The caramel was nicely sticky.

    With our hot chocolate came two chocolate truffles.

    Service was as always exemplary and the meal a delight.

    The bill came in at slightly under 200 Euro (ca. 220 USD).

    When we lingered a bit after paying, our glasses were refilled with tap water. We could have prolonged our lunch even longer if we had wanted to by getting more refills.

    The Greenhouse comes highly recommended and we look forward to eat here again, as this restaurant combines service, setting and beautiful cuisine.

    Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!

    Would we want to have lunch/dinner at this restaurant in our future? YES!
     
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    @uggboy where did you stay in Ireland?
     
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    Hi Adam, we live in Ireland. When staying at hotels in Dublin we recommend the following luxury hotels incl. The Merrion, The Marker, The Westbury, The InterContinental, The Conrad...or boutique hotels like The Dean...upper upscale/upscale incl. The Hilton at Charlemont Place, Radisson BLU Royal Hotel at Golden Lane, DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin-Burlington Road or The Hilton at DUB, for before/after flights. :)
     
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