The French Connection at la mére Zou
These days photos of food on twitter can be a powerful form of advertising helping restaurateurs draw new customers in, after seeing regular updates of tempting dishes from Head Chef David O’Byrne (@Daveyobyrne) we decided that after the Hendricks Gin event in MeatandMeet, we would head up to Stephens Green and try some of la Mére Zou festive treats.
La Mere Zou which opened in 1994 is a long established french restaurant in the heart of the Georgian Square of St. Stephens Green. Located in the basement of 22 St. Stephen’s Green, they offer classic french bistro cuisine. The first thing to stick you about la mére Zou is that it has a minimal, rustic feel. We were quite fortunate to get a last minute booking for 9pm as the restaurant was awash with festive diners.
To begin we decided to share a starter of Seared duck foie gras, fig Tarte Tatin with a white truffle mousse, this was a tender balance of flavours, the duck was so light and the fig tarte tatin with the mousse worked so well that we would say this is one of the best foie gras dishes we have experienced in quite some time. We also decided to treat ourselves to a bottle of Marcel et Blanche Fevre-Fevre Chablis this was a beautiful elegant tasting wine and well worth €39.
Our main courses were Roasted haunch of venison, braised red cabbage, roasted parsnip, fondant potato, red wine jus and Pan seared ray wing, anchovy and chive butter, Lyonnaise potatoes. A beautiful lean piece of venison with punchy red cabbage which added to the richness of the meat. I must find out, David’s secret of making parsnips taste this good. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity of having the ray wing, a rare choice on most menus these days. The anchovy and chive butter gave this dish an upmarket feel and was a surprise highlight of the evening.
Finally, 2 really special sweet treats, we opted for the Hazelnut parfait poached pear, caramelized hazelnuts, red wine sauce and Warm Belgian Waffle, sauteed apple cinnamon, toffee sauce desserts. The waffle was a nice little take on an apple cinnamon dessert ,but the hazelnut parfait was exceptional and had such a beautiful texture against the delicately, poached pear. The presentation of this dish was so pretty it was almost too good to eat , almost !
Sometimes photos of food on the internet don’t always taste as good as they look, with la mére Zou, their Head Chef has a unique sense of flavours, with a beautiful french connection, not one dish was a let down and with excellent friendly service from Gosia. We would have been happy to stay here for another 3 courses.
This is one french taste we would highly recommend!
La Mère Zou
22 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Call: 661 6669
Lunch Mon-Sat 12 To 2.30 pm
Dinner Mon-Sat From 5:30 pm
Closed: Sun And Bank Holidays