Oh dear flog, how I’ve neglected you. November was a crazy whirlwind month. I had to fly off to
I hopped on a 1pm flight on a Monday, arrived at 4pm and left the next day at 1pm. In between I stayed with Archit and Mansi in their breathtakingly beautiful apartment and have some deep dish pizza. We went to Gino’s East, as Archit has deemed it his favorite pizza, so far. The original location is conveniently walking distance from their place. As soon I sat down, I realized a fatal flaw; Gino’s is known for their deep dish sausage pizza and I was dining with two vegetarians! We were sitting next to a large group that ordered far too many pizzas and I briefly contemplated bartering away a slice of our spinach and olive pizza but I didn’t. The pizza was good; it had a cornmeal crust which gave it an unique flavor and texture. I’ll be back and I’ll bring R with me and we will get the sausage next time.
People have been greeting me with “How was
Roundwood Inn, Roundwood. It was a small inn, in an even smaller town. We were hungry and my guidebook had a blurb about it. I got a ½ roasted chicken and it came with fries. It was these fries that R declared to be the best fries he has ever had. The thickness made for the perfect ratio of fluffy potato goodness on the inside to shatteringly crisp exterior.
Nancy Muphy’s, Enniskerry. It was billed as a gastropub. I had some great fish and chips there (again, great frying skills). I have discovered I really love a good piece of fried fish. R had a traditional Irish stew with tender lamb chunks, potatoes and carrots.
Gordon Ramsay, Powerscourt. It was a happy coincidence that the restaurant was at the Ritz Carlton where we were staying. It was our big splurge meal; we went with the 6 course “Prestige Menu”.
1. Pressed foie gras with Waldorf salad and spiced bread
2. East coast lobster and salmon ravioli with lemongrass sauce
3. Sea bream with confît leeks and cauliflower velouté
4. Roast Connemara Hill lamb, ‘boulangère’ potatoes, rosemary jus
5. Assiette of Hereford beef with green asparagus, girolles and hollandaise sauce
6. Pear Williams babaIt was all fine, but for the amount of money we spent ($330) I expect to be wowed and I wasn’t wowed by anything, and I felt some of the flavors did not go together well. It was a clean, decently executed fine dining meal; nothing I couldn’t have gotten in
Poppie's Modern Cooking, Enniskerry. I had high hopes for this place that featured “modern Irish fare” but I saw very quickly that it was cute space with a deli counter of prepared food that was microwaved to order. R enjoyed his beef and Guinness pie, but the special house chicken dish was nothing more than a lukewarm chicken salad with cornflakes on top. We went back later in the week for a their full Irish breakfast, which is actually cooked to order and it was much better.
More about Thanksgiving later. . .