On our visit to Dublin, we also stopped by an urban yet cosy restaurant called Pichet, located at the southern hub of the city. The French inspired restaurant is hard to miss with it’s bright red signs and blue and white striped canopy. The bistro style restaurant has been around for about 7 years and was renovated to give the restaurant a chic but still warm ambience. There is a bar area right at the front of the restaurant, where you can have a few drinks and tapas before entering the back into the dining area and open kitchen.
The place was fully booked, bustling with people. I cannot express how much I loved the decor of the restaurant area. The ambience of Pichet is perfect for a celebratory dinner or date night, while not being too extravagant.
We started off by ordering a few drinks at the bar, which was stocked up with a huge array of exciting and adventurous cocktails. I ordered the ‘Pichet cocktail’ which is rhubarb vodka, limencello, blood orange puree, lemon juice egg whites and sugar, infused and topped with fresh raspberries. Yum! Deliciousy fruity and tangy! We also ordered a Margarita which currently is a mix of lemon grass and wild hibiscus based with the house tequila like juice. I recommend checking out their cocktail menu and spending some time. It’s great fun and the bartenders are very nominative to what’s in the cocktails, catering the right drink for you. Their tapas menu is quite impressive as well ranging from Buttermilk Chicken with Siracha Mayo to Foie Gras Parfait with Apple Chutney and Walnuts, it’s a delight to start off your meal with.
The open service area created a great ambiance, and I loved looking at what was being made in the kitchen. The Daily Specials boards tempted us with multiple adventurous offerings.
For starters, we shared the Heirloom Tomato (€11) which was goat’s cheese, toasted seeds, nuts, and puffed wild rice. The flavours were explosive and the unassuming dish really packed a punch. The balsamic flavourings paired with the texture and freshness of the dish definitely had me wishing we had ordered another and weren’t sharing! (Pictured below)
For the main dinner, we ordered the Spring Lamb Cutlets (€25) and Halibut (€27). The lamb was cooked perfectly, medium rare and bedded on some peas with mint and gravy sauce. A wonderful, hearty dish, perfect for the meat lovers like us. The Halibut was served with chargrilled broccoli, squid, caesar emulsion, and smoked almonds. The fish was cooked soft and not too dry, and with the combination garlic broccoli, it was a very enjoyable and filling meal.
We were pretty full after our mains, so we decided to share the chocolate cake, which was a delicious slab of chocolate ganache with chocolate ice cream, dulche de leche and a sprinkle of hazelnuts. It was absolutely decadent and worth every bite.