Brasserie 66, located on Camden Street, Dublin 2 was always on my ‘must visit list’ and when I saw that thetaste.ie had included them in their offers, I had to go for it! I went just after Christmas and it was the first time I had been there and it definitely lived up to our expectations.
The voucher we bought allowed us to choose 3 courses from a special set menu, which I believe was very similar to their normal set menu. There was plenty of choice and we were pleased with the variance of items. The voucher also included a bottle of house red or white. We opted for the red, and while I can’t remember exactly what it was, I think it may have been Portuguese and it was delicious.
These were absolutely delicious. We had the ‘Crab salad with avocado mousse and ruby grapefruit’ (pictured) and ‘Confit of Duck Leg with roasted pumpkin, honey, rosemary and chestnut’. Both very good choices, and I would recommend both. The crab salad was nice and refreshing and the duck was very hearty. For someone like me who gets full quite easily, the crab meat and mousse was a perfect starter before beef.
It was hard to pick between these two because they both sounded so tasty, so we did the right thing and ordered both. I had the ‘Chargrilled 6oz Sirloin of Beef with béarnaise sauce, crisp watercress salad, thick cut fries and pesto rolled greens’ and he had the ‘Fillet of Hake with baby potatoes, wilted rocket, asparagus, wild mushrooms and lemon confit’. I have to say they were both so yummy, especially the sauce that came with the hake. I did ask our server for more of the pesto (which took me ages to get someone’s attention!) but they did straight away and it made the dish even better. I couldn’t finish the chips, they were so huge and chunky so it’s definitely a generous portion.
To be honest, neither of us were in the mood for desserts as we were both very satisfied with our meal. But Brasserie 66 are one of those smart and kind Dublin restaurants that offers to swap a dessert for a cocktail. So we ordered some ice cream type of dish, which isn’t worth writing about to be honest. However, we did get two cocktails which were (again) very yummy. In addition to a very well made Espresso Martini, I had some other yummy exotic cocktail. If I could remember the name I would definitely share, but it was garnished with a lycee and was very refreshing – perfect for after a meal like ours.