One thing I really love about Dublin is that even though I’ve lived here all my life (31 years!!!), I still come across little streets or shops or cafés that I’ve never seen before almost every time I’m in the city for the day. Recently I took my Mam for a meal in Las Maison, a small French restaurant on Castle Market Street… this street connects South William Street with Drury St and is one of those streets that you’d cut through and barely take any notice of where you are.
What you would firstly notice with La Maison is the lovely covered outdoor terrace they have, perfect for a nice day. Inside there’s the lower floor where we were seated and also a small dining area upstairs.
While the restaurant is compact, it’s not cramped and there’s no uncomfortable moments where you’re listening to the couple next to you arguing! The interior is simple and fresh.
We started off with a few glasses of wine and the Mediterranean dips with bread (€7.50) The dips were tasty and light and perfect with our wine… but we did run out of bread with way too much dips left over!
I’d already checked the menu online during the week – I’m not a regular visitor to French restaurants so wanted to make sure there was a few options for me! There was plenty of choice and not all of it was your typical French cuisine. On offer for main course was a mix of Steak Tartare, Vegetarian Moroccan Tajine with couscous, Skillet of fish and shellfish, Roast monkfish with butternut squash barleytoast risotto, Coq Au Vin, Fillet of Veal, Duck Breast & a 32oz Rib of Irish Beef with Chunky Chips and green salad (this serves 2). The beef is €59 but it should be noted that plenty of the main dishes are priced around the €20-25 mark.
We decided to go all out and get the beef to share…. Why not?! What arrived to the table was very impressive! A huge rib of beef, thinly sliced and presented on a wooden board, garnished with some vine tomatoes.
It came with a nice big portion of chips and some salad. We looked at it and thought there was no way we’d manage to get through it!
Turns out we got through almost every last bit! Maybe not all the chips and salad but almost all the meat was demolished. It was well done as that’s how my plain eating mother likes her beef, but wasn’t overdone or dry – it was super tasty and when I return to La Maison I’m pretty sure I’ll be ordering that again!
For dessert we stuck with the French option and went with Crème Brûlée to share (€7). Other options were Summer fruits gratin, Chocolate Fondant, Caramelised apple tart and a Cheese Board from Sheridans.
The Crème Brûlée was beautifully rich and had a nice hard layer on top. Apologies for the missing spoonful in the pic – we had taken a bite before I remembered to snap it! 🙂
Total bill was €111 for a starter, the sharing main, a dessert, 4 glasses of wine and a glass of Prosecco. Our gigantic main and the wine bought the bill up slightly but the food was fab and well worth it. A gorgeous little restaurant serving great food – give it a try!
La Maison, 15 Castle Market Street, Dublin 2
Ph: 003531 672 7258 Web: http://lamaisondublin.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lamaisonrest