Saturday night was date night. We donned our glad rags, braved the rain and trekked to one of Dublin’s swankiest restaurants, Thornton’s, in the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Stephen’s Green.
Headed up by Michelin starred chef Kevin Thornton, it’s been around for a while, having relocated from their previous home on the canal.
It wouldn’t be our usual Saturday night fare but thanks to a gift voucher we were able to treat ourselves!
Ascending the stairs to the lofty heights of the second floor, we felt like imposters, and this was only reinforced when we were greeted by the eponymous owner at the entrance and J Mac asks “and what’s your name?”
We were shown to a lovely table by the window with a view of the Luas tracks and taxi rank below.
We decided to push the boat out and go for the 6 course tasting menu, with meat for himself and without for yours truly.
The food was exquisite and the standouts were the Dublin Bay Prawn bisque, the scallop (singular!), the partridge (minus pear tree) and the lentil mini cannelloni. The cheese board was pretty fantastic too, offering a great selection presented on a wheeled trolley (gotta love those cheese trollies!)
The service was friendly and efficient without being stifling and the ambiance was relaxed, warm and comfortable.
After departing, the remainder of our night was spent scoffing cheap pints in a dive on Dublin’s North side where you could smoke indoors and you kind of stuck to the floor… a dose of reality just in case we were in danger of getting notions!