The bricks, rustic decor, and dark wooden furnitures makes the interior feel like a cross between a charming Parisian cafe and a cozy Provençal home. We landed in Dublin on a Saturday night, went straight to the heart of the city for dinner, and almost gave up after so many restaurants could not give us a table without an advance booking (it was the holiday season). Thank God we found L'Gueuleton, because that made for a perfect start to our Dublin trip. The restaurant was fully packed so they sat us at a table near the entrance, which got cold whenever people came in or went out the door, but the food and wine made up for it.
We ordered the escargot, oysters with mignonette, and mussels and chorizo to share - all of which transports you to South of France by their gustatory perfection. For the main course, I had the pork chop. The meat did not fall off the skin easily, making it quite hard to cut since the skin is thick and tough. My friends ordered the steak and john dory, and they both raved about how flavorful and juicy their entrées were.
We had their special Christmas pie which was nothing short of outstanding. I've only tried homemade Christmas pies before, which always varied, and this might have been the best one I've had so far. Wine by the glass was quite pricey as they were not the best, but I enjoyed my merlot nonetheless.
I've been hovering between a 2 or a 3 star review, but in the end, the mostly good service could not make up for the seriously disappointing food.
I came in here with a couple of friends, at about 9pm last Thursday, and we took advantage of a Dine in Dublin offer they were running.
2 of us went for the French onion soup, which was grand, but not "authentic" as we were promised by many a review. I lived 2/3 months a year in France until I finished school, so have a damn good understanding of what is to be expected! It was tasty enough tho, but served at boiling point! The other starter to our table was a goats cheese salad, which my friend enjoyed.
I ordered the only vegetarian main, risotto, and this is where things really fell down. It was gritty and had been cooked in what can only have been a bullion cube based stock CHEATERS! If I am being promised excellent food, I expect you to use good ingredients, it's the only way to serve enjoyable meals. I ate less than half.
Desert was incorrect when it came, I had ordered the chocolate tart, and was given creme caramel, but was so disappointed with the meal overall, I didn't even bother to complain. It was meh. Obviously an inexperienced chef was on that day, as fellow foodies have had great experiences in here, but with so many other eateries to try, I won't risk going back.....
Came for brunch on a Saturday morning. While my beetroot salad was fairly boring, my friend's was the sausages with egg and home fries. Delicious and on a sunny day there's nothing better than sitting outside and people-watching on fade street.
We came here for brunch and oh the food was as lovely as the interior. Loved the brick and rustic feel of the place.
I got the sausage - a little salty for my taste - but huge portions and very flavourful. It usually comes with a fried egg but I asked to get mine scrambled (thank you for letting me make that switch!) - so I got a HUGE bowl of scrambled eggs (yay me!).
My boyfriend ordered the pulled pork sandwich - it's not the American style drenched in BBQ pulled pork which was a nice change but I think I've had better pulled pork (Whitefriar! Dillingers (when they had it) and Donnybrook Fair (I know) have some mean pulled pork sandwiches)
Definitely want to come back for lunch or dinner. The food is fresh and AMAZING.
Work meal out number two of recent times took me to a place I've heard a lot of good about in the last few years.
We were a party of eight or so, it was a Tuesday night, and l'Gueueton was busy enough but not overflowing.
It was a set menu of €35 per person for starter, main, dessert and coffee/tea.
There was a limited selection of desserts and they wanted our order at the outset, a tad irritating as who knows what they want before they've eaten their main meal? Also, I didn't like any of the three choices, which I suppose helped with the decision-making, as there wasn't any.
Straight up, I am intolerant of sub-standard service. I've been a waitress, on good days and bad, in fair weather and foul, and I know what hard work it is, sometimes thankless, and how lots of people who do it have other, more interesting lives/aspiring careers etc., and that the highlight of their life probably isn't being a waitress. And I also know that it's a job that relies on friendliness and a good manner, and being able to project that even if you don't actually feel it on a given night. And I think that in Ireland a level of service with a smile that you would expect to see in the US isn't really our style, and that's ok - it feels ott. But we're good at a natural kind of friendliness and it should be a bottom line for any halfway decent restaurant to enshrine this into staff, as important as the food actually as god knows it impacts on the customer's experience just as much - or almost, anyway.
So, as you might guess, we found this restaurant fell down in that department, as our main attendant failed to impress, and just to prove I'm balanced, it wasn't me who first called it, it was another member of the party, one closer to footing the not inconsiderable bill than I, who was distinctly underwhelmed by the attitude. And, as the meal progressed, the feeling spread. A second attendant who came later on was great and saved the day a little.
I found the meal fine - the mackerel pate was fairy standard, the aubergine bake the same, though lacking flavour. One rib-eye steak eater battled with fat, another ate it all. Some were more impressed with their meal than others, some very positive, but the general feeling was a little underwhelmed, not helped by the lame service, which only showed the vaguest signs of life when the bill was being sorted - go figure.
Having heard so much positive press, I was really open to enjoying it more and wasn't looking to find fault. Perhaps we just got a bad night, but I wouldn't be rushing back.
A little bit of Provincial France in Fade Street Dublin 2. This place was a bit of a revelation when it first opened and continues to maintain high standards of service and cuisine (French in case I hadn't made that clear!)
On the first night we went we strolled right in, got a table and really enjoyed ourselves...good food, great wine, tremendous atmosphere yada yada yada....
Eager to repeat the experience we toddle on in 3 subsequent weeks in a row only to find the place swinging from the rafters and not a table to be had.... which brings me to the only downside I can think of... you can't book in advance, its a bit of a ...what's that word?... bummer.
So, if you are passing stop in and try your luck - it will be worth it I promise! If its full then carry on down to Hogans, the beer will fill you up eventually and you'll forget all about restaurants!
Last week my girlfriend and I were eating at the L'Gueuleton. We had a Soupe à l'oignon, beetroot salad with Fourme d'Ambert, a Foie Gras parfait and Noix de Saint Jacques. For dessert we had meringue with strawberries and vanilla crème. For drinks Cécile had a Bergerac sec and I had a Krombacher (the excellent beer you know from the TV show "Two and a Half Men"). The restaurant - as the name suggests - wants to do all things very French. "Gueuleton" comes from "Gueule" (the mouth) and simply means to have a feast. Apart from the name and a few cans of worms for decoration, however, there wasn't too much French. The chef was an Irishman, the service was multi national, and even in the menu most words were English. However, the food was really excellent and certainly inspired by the French cusine. And, yes if you really want to you can eat snails Burgundy.
We each had two starters and were really full as a result. For the food and for a glass of wine, two beers and dessert we spent 68€ including tip. That's not exactly a bargain, but quite normal in Dublin. The atmosphere was very pleasant. We were sitting next to the open kitchen which was interesting and pretty interactive because of the great kitchen staff (the Caribbean guy washing the plates was actually the only one who was talking French with us).
L'Gueuleton is in Fade Street near the Grafton Street in the heart of Dublin. Reservations are not accepted, and is therefore useless to call. It was a beautiful evening.
The food is absolutely beautiful, I mean really beautiful. Not cheap though with a starter, two mains, two deserts and two glasses of wine coming in at €70. Still, it's of such a high quality that even I can't hold it against them. Plus my mam was paying....
I had the pidgeon salad because, as a Dubliner, I've always wanted to get one of the little fuckers. It was gorgeous. Lovely, tender and tasty.
And the muscles, the muscles were amazing too. With crispy chips and garlic mayo sauce on the side. I can't even remember what the desert was, I couldn't care either, because I'm convinced that this was one of the best meals I've ever had in my life.
great food, even greater portions, go there and go hungry, or go home
My brother-in-law had his wedding ceremony and luncheon here. It was a beautiful setting on the top floor with the open sky (no rain yea!) for the ceremony with champagne toast followed immediately afterwards.
Then we moved down to the street level dining area. I had the Pork Belly, apparently one of their signature dishes. It was extremely tasty!
Higly recommend this place, and hope to return myself my next visit to Dublin.
L'Gueuleton is my favorite restaurant in Ireland. Two months later, I still think about our meals there.
After a memorable first meal, we revisited a few weeks later on a one-day layover in Ireland on our way back to the States. The atmosphere is cozy & very French and they have a solid wine list. My favorite dish is the Plum Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart with Basil and Red Onion Confit but Jane Russell's Toulouse Sausages with Choucroute and Lyonnaise Potatoes is absolutely amazing, too.
Just call me Violet Beauregard, as I rolled out of this place stuffed to the gills and home down the quays. L'Gueuleton doesn't take reservations so if you're going on a weekend come early or be prepared to wait. We came in on a Wednesday and there was plenty of free tables. I had the chicken, which was fine, tender but lacking a bit in flavour. The dessert, raspberry shortcake, was out of this world.
L'Gueuleton is amazing. It's like a secret because you could walk by the bustly, busy, ambient restaurant and totally miss it. But that would be such a shame!
You can't book, but that's ok because you can put your name down and go for a drink across the road or in the bar upstairs. Also, it's absolutely worth waiting for. Beware of the obvious nights to avoid though, you could be waiting an hour or more.
It's cosy, dark and French inside. Mix-matched chairs and dark wooden tables give it the just-thrown-together feel of a Paris cafe. My mouth waters trying to read the menu but also looking around at the surrounding tables and what they're eating. I already have food envy.
To start, I had the chicken liver parfait. Yum, it was so nice. Beautifully smooth and with the sweet pear it was delicious. I also had a shlurp of the onion soup which is a huge starting portion and has delicious cheesey croutons floating in it. To die for.
For my main course I had slow roast pork belly with savoy cabbage and dauphinoise potatoes. Could there be a more perfect bite than a little piece of everything on your forkful? It was gorgeous. Friends also had the haddock which was huge and served with beautiful green, fresh vegetables. Perfect. Also, fantastic steaks. The good thing about the food here is that it's honest-to-goodness. It's just really good, fresh food, served the way it should be - simply.
The jelly and ice-cream here is recommended but I couldn't look past the triple chocolate coffee cake with ice-cream. Friends also had the cheese plate but didn't fancy the abundance of rocket that accompanied it. They also serve madeline buns if you'd like with your tea or coffee... so cute!
Lovely wine, lovely atmosphere. It's some of the best food you can have in Dublin. Admittedly it's a little on the expensive side, but it's a brilliant spot for a treat.
I have eaten here recently and picked it as a first date venue.
She was running late so I popped in next door to Hogans for a drink while I waited. Same guys own both!
Sunday evening and was surprised when I called that day (around the time of the "Big Freeze" in Dublin) that they did not take any reservations. Being a control freak this worried me but as it was a Sunday night but I remained hopeful.
Walked in with my date and the place was 60% full in the main section with the side section not open. Warm temperature and a friendly greeting from the staff while we waited to be seated.
Tables positioned close together so a really private chat would not be suitable here. Nothing to worry about tonight.
On the recommendation of a friend we both had the onion soup for starters. Huge portion so be careful. Really tasty and a great start. Also had the house red wine which was a reasonable price.
I had the pork belly which was excellent and my date had the Toulouse Sausage dish. She enjoyed it and we sampled both and both tasted as good.
Desert was a chocolate dish we shared and no complaints there.
Not too "frenchy" as in accents, decor etc but I enjoyed the night and might have been preoccupied keeping up appearances to take real notice.
I will be returning and will give a more in depth review the next time but hope this helps.
Went there for Sunday brunch with the missus and the experience totally made our day! For about €30 we stuffed our faces with one brunch item each, chips to share and a glass of white wine.
The atmosphere was excellent, staff were very helpful and we sat by the window so the sunny street made our mood all that much better.
In terms of the food, the Guinness bread is to kill for, so was the smoked salmon. Garlic chips are just yummmm.
Ok, the last time I was here I swore I would never ever come back again..and then I went back on Saturday night with my best friend after we couldn't agree on where to go for a light dinner. I reluctantly went in and thought about wine and salad, but lo and behold, one of my favourite Italian specialities, Bresaola, was on the menu. How could I resist. And with loads of rucola and slivers of parmesan. Now this is a cold dish, so there wasn't a chance it would be botched up so I ordered it, with a half litre of house wine (to share of course!).
And then came the most charming of waiters I think I have ever been served by in Dublin. I knew then that this was going to be a good night.
So the wine arrived, then the bresaola, which was layered over a pile of dressed rucola and topped with the cheese. Divine. Too bad we got the sweet brown bread. Italians don't serve bresaola with that bread (and I know...remember, I lived there!) and it just didn't suit. Peccato!
After a couple of glasses of wine, including my friend's half glass that was spilled all over my jeans, we had decided on dessert. I had the Paris Brest, which I chose over the 'Chocolate porn' CMH I was hemming and hawing over. Divine. Just divine.
So I'll be back, if they'll have me and promise the appropriate bread for the dish...
When this place first opened, sometime in 2005 I think, it was an amazing little spot; high quality food at reasonable prices, possibly unique for Celtic Tiger Dublin. I remember having the best ever Toulouse sausage and mash here, and another time having blood pudding and stewed apple, mmmm. I popped in here for lunch today and the menu is still pretty decent, most dishes come in under ten euro. I had a hankering for soupe a l'oignon, or French onion soup as it is called everywhere outside of France. I've always been slightly mystified why it's specifically called 'French' onion soup, I suppose it's the addition of the bread and melted gruyere cheese that make it French.
Anyhoo, I should lay my French onion soup cards out here. I have a bit of an addiction to the kind of cheap and cheerful onion soup served by the crappier restaurants in Paris, particularly those down behind the Boulevard Saint Michel, yes that's right, in there in rue de la Harpe. I'm not ashamed. The soup is delicious; a dark-ish but still clear broth, brimming with soft lengths of onion strings, topped with cheap white baguette and gruyere cheese. YOM. The secret ingredient is onionyness. (Say 'onionyness' five times fast, go on).
So basically, I know what I like, but I may not be the best judge of ...er... 'gourmet' French onion soup, such as one might expect from a restaurant like L'Gueuleton (at €8.50, I would certainly expect it to be bloody 'gourmet'). Well, it was kind of salty. Not excessively 'pah, pah, get me a glass of water!' salty, but salty enough to cover any actual flavour. The texture was right, slimy in an oniony way (I know that sliminess is generally not a good thing in food but here's the exception) and brothy. The bread and melted cheese was nice but, and here's where this review gets rather petty: the bread had become completely soaked in soup and disintegrated, and there was too much damn cheese. I ended up shovelling large swathes of cheese into my mouth with some soggy breadbits attached. The soup had been served with one slice of white bread and one slice of thick, sweet brown bread on the side and neither were matched well with the soup. The white bread just disintegrated while I was using it to mop up the soup, and the brown bread was too sweet and did not at all suit the salty, aiming-for-oniony flavour of the soup. I got the impression the breads were there for the look of the thing, oh we're a nice restaurant, we serve nice bread. Sigh.
French onion soup is a peasant food. It doesn't need flounces, unless you're a food fancier, as opposed to a food eater. This soup needed more onion flavour, less salt, less wussy bread and the addition of some thick unfancy baguette both topped with cheese in the soup itself and served on the side to mop up excess soup. This may not be acceptable food etiquette for a fancy restaurant, but if that's the case, don't serve food that requires one to enjoy it in an unfancy way. A proper French restaurant wouldn't worry about such things. Food is to be enjoyed after all. Oh well. It was decent, I suppose. I still prefer the cheap and cheerful soup served in the crappier parts of the Quartier Latin. Vive Paris touristique!
Candlelit ambiance goes well with the cuisine. Duck eggs with salad was an excellent starter. The smoked mackerel pate was generously sized but more of a mousse and rather tasteless. The entrees showed well: a goat cheese tart with excellent pastry and filling and a roast baby chicken with potatoes and onions. Good wine choices. Our best meal in Dublin.
I haven't been here for a while and the food has always been good but... The menu doesn't change that often and if u eat here on a couple of occasions you will have tried everything on the menu. The main factor that has put me off returning here wasn't the fact that they didn't take bookings (as some people like this) it was the fact that I went back after about 2 months away and I brought a group of friends. For some reason ALL the prices were 40% more expensive and when I questioned it they murmured something about the extension to the dining area they had acquired which funnily enough the kitchen can't handle when they do their 2 sittings so they leave the tables empty and patrons queueing at the door!
real nice restaurant. Went along before a christy moore concert at vicar st. Had to hurry because we were running late but the waiter was cool and made sure we were taken care of. Food was delicous. Snails for starter. Rib Eye for main course. The girlfriends food was delicous too (cant remember what she had, some kinda fish). It wasnt too expensive either. 2 glasses of wine, 2 starters, 2 main courses for under €80 I think it was. If I had to pick a fault I'd say the only thing I didn't like was that chips featured once or twice on the main menu which I think lets the place down. I had to ask for potatoes and whenever I ask for anything not onthe menu my gf gets embarassed. Maybe its me but I dont like seein chips on a nice menu when I'm forkin out decent money. It's a proper restaurant though - no doubt about it! Go
Had a fantastic lunch here. Good value, great atmosphere, wonderful food.
When I first came here, I really liked this place. I had every intention of making this a staple in my "go to" restaurants list, at least for appetizers. While all of the food was good, the appetizers were great. Well, I happened in here on the last night of restaurant week and I just could not pass up a bargain. I ordered dinner off there preset menu - I think it was 25 for 3 courses. It was a mistake. The pasta with crab was okay as was my wife's french onion soup and the venison stew was also okay (my wife was less impressed with her poussin)as was the creme brulee, but nothing stood out - except for the wine - a glass of rioja and a glass of albarino(both good choices). I still like the restaurant - the cavernous space and somewhat attentive (and somewhat not) service - very french adds to the enjoyment. Despite a massive road work project in front of it, the place was fairly full. I still want to go back and have my appetizer dinner at the bar, but I will probably be a little less excited when I get there.
We received impeccable service here, which we really appreciated. The duck egg mayonnaise was delicious although the mayo was a bit heavy-handed. The french onion soup was good; traditional but I thought it could have used a stronger beef stock flavor. Mussels were amazing in flavor but a bit gritty - our server was kind enough to remove them from our bill, however, which was a nice gesture. The John Dory was awesome - perfectly cooked fish that has become my new favorite. The crayfish that were included in the dish were delectable little morsels that my wife kept stealing from my plate. The ribeye, which my wife ordered was cooked perfectly and screamed flavor, although it could have been better trimmed as it was a gristle-ridden steak. Creme caramel and chocolate marquise desserts were good although not all that remarkable. It got a bit warm inside, so our server was kind enough to move us to their semi-private back patio where we shared our dessert and the rest of our wine. Very cozy spot that I'd frequent regularly if I lived in Dublin. If you don't look closely you'll walk right by it, though, so keep your eyes open.
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