How absolutely mental has the weather been recently?! It’s impossible to plan a day outdoors as you never know when the next downpour will start. I had lots of intentions of getting out and about over the Christmas hols but to be honest the weather hampered it. I did manage a nice walk up Howth Head one day and a quick walk along Dun Laoire pier another morning though – they are two of my favourite places for a walk on a nice day.
A little outing to the sea isn’t really complete for me without a bit of lunch after the walk. Pretty much as soon as we had walked the pier in Dun Laoire it started bucketing rain so we hopped into the car and drove to Dalkey for a bite to eat. Dalkey isn’t short of dining spots with The Dispensary, Jaipur, Benito’s & De Ville’s to name a few. One that I’d wanted to try for a while though was Ouzo’s Bar and Grill. Feedback on Twitter on both the Dalkey and Blackrock locations is always good. As it was lunchtime on New Year’s Eve I wasn’t sure how busy it would be but we did manage to get a seat and took ourselves out of the pouring rain!
Super friendly staff greeted us and although the table we would have liked right at the window (I love people watching!) was reserved, we did get a nice seat at the front of the restaurant so got settled and given our menus along with some lovely brown bread and cheesy scones which were demolished.
They offer a Set Lunch menu at €18 for 2 courses or the Express Lunch menu. Seeing as we were out for dinner that evening too we decided the lighter option of Express Lunch would be plenty!
There’s a heavy emphasis on seafood here, an obvious choice given the location. Open sandwiches of Crab & Boston Shrimp, Organic Smoked Salmon or Chicken are served with soup of the day for just €12. Other options are Moules-Frites, Chicken Caesar Salad, Lobster & Crab Claw Salad or an Open Steak Sandwich.
E isn’t mad for seafood and LOVES his steak so went for the steak sambo @ €14.00. At 5oz it’s definitely enough to fill you up at lunchtime and was served on some homemade bread with fried onions, a small salad and chips. E likes his steak with no traces of blood so was happy as Larry with the medium cooked steak that he got and especially happy that although it was sirloin there was no chewy fat to avoid. (Bit of a picky eater!)
While E doesn’t eat much fish, I ADORE it and could eat it every day. So I went for the Organic Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich with the Carrot & Parsnip Soup, at €12. I got a large slice of brown bread with caper and dill mayonnaise and very generous slivers of the smoked salmon topped with red onion, served with some rocket and cherry tomatoes and a lovely bowl of hot soup. The salmon was absolutely fabulous, some of the nicest I’ve had and extremely fresh.
The soup was seasoned well and hit the spot to warm me up on such a miserable day.
We skipped dessert and the total bill came to just €32, with €6 of the being spent of a lovely glass of Merlot. All in all I found Ouzo to be a comfortable, relaxing spot that served tasty and fresh food at very reasonable prices!
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