I regularly get asked for restaurant recommendations from friends and family, so much so that I have a list saved to my phone. Ready at a moments notice to send to my fellow food lovers. Often these requests come from people who love dining out. Perhaps they are not looking for a fine dining experience, but they want great food all the same. My go-to recommendation is more often than not, Brasserie Sixty6. Whether it’s my sister in law bringing work colleagues out for a business lunch, friends treating their parents to dinner, or just a catch up between acquaintances, it’s a winning location.
Sitting on George’s Street its city centre location is easy for everyone to reach, and there are lots of bars nearby for a post-dinner cocktail. I’ve been to Brasserie Sixty6 countless times and have a habit of ordering the same dishes – why break from tradition when they taste so good? However, when we decided to revisit this classic restaurant, traditions would be broken…slightly!
As we settle in to look over the menu we sip on a glass of bubbly, and nibble at the freshly baked bread selection on our table. To begin we couldn’t resist ordering the Chicken Liver Parfait (€8.50). A firm favourite of ours, and a dish we have enjoyed at Brasserie Sixty6 many times. The portion is more than generous, and the staff are always happy to offer more bread to scrape every last morsel from the dish.
The parfait is everything a parfait should be. Silky smooth, rich with flavour and perfectly complimented with sweet raisins and caramelised onions. With a dish as delicious as this for under €9.00 you’re definitely getting serious bang for your buck.
Our second starter of the evening was Seared Tuna (€11.50). A delicate dish of tuna, well presented on the plate. The fresh fish had the perfectly seared exterior with a bright pinky red centre. Served with pickled radish, black sesame, ginger and soy. As a lover of Asian cuisine, this light refreshing dish was a delight to eat.
For the main event, we shunned our usual steak and rotisserie chicken, choosing to try two new dishes. Brasserie Sixty6 are experts at cooking rotisserie dishes. Their chicken is one of my top dishes when I’m craving a hearty dinner.
My dining partner ordered the Rotisserie Cherry Valley Duck (€29.50). This style of cooking means that the duck is incredibly juicy and each drop of flavour is kept inside the meat. Its citrus glaze gave a sweetness to the dish, and a generous portion of baby potatoes meant we wouldn’t go hungry. Served alongside a fresh salad of rocket, watercress and baby gem with grapefruit for a zesty kick and pine nuts for crunch
I choose the Lamb Cutlets & Polenta Shepards Pie (€29.50). As a lover of lamb, I wasn’t disappointed with my dish. Two thick cutlets were glazed with pesto, each juicy and pink inside. The star of the plate, however, was undoubtedly the polenta shepherds pie. Made with pulled lamb shank it was a rich and moreish dish, and my dining companion barely got a bite! Topped with a brown cap mushroom the pie was exactly what I needed; filling, hearty and full of flavour.
Deciding to finish our meal on a sweet note we ordered the Belgian Waffle (€7.50) and the Bread and Butter Pudding (€7.50). The former was pure indulgence on a plate. A freshly made warm waffle came served two ways; one with mixed berry compote, vanilla mascarpone and vanilla ice-cream. The other came with chocolate caramel sauce and almond brittle.
Our bread and butter pudding was a nostalgic treat. Layers of buttery brioche were slathered in sweet vanilla custard, with plump raisins. Served warm it came with a scoop of vanilla mascarpone for the perfect hot and cold mixture.
While we lingered over our desserts and coffee, we relaxed and enjoyed the atmosphere. We dined on a Saturday evening so the crowds were out in force, but the dining room is perfect for those who want a more intimate affair while still being able to people watch (like myself).
Every time I visit Brasserie Sixty6 it is full of fellow diners, which is a great sign. It’s longevity and lasting power on one of Dublin’s busiest streets speaks for itself. If you haven’t yet dined here then you should rectify this immediately. So grab your friends, or take your parents out to lunch and enjoy this ever popular Dublin restaurant.
66-67 South Great George’s Street,
T: (01) 400 5878
REVIEW BY SINÉAD SMYTH