I’ve been following Marcel’s on Twitter for a while now but wasn’t 100% sure where it was until my recent visit to The Dylan Hotel. On a small, leafy, pretty street in Ballsbridge you can find this little gem. It’s a French restaurant but fear not those who shy away from l’escargot and steak tartare…. there is plenty on the menu to chose from!
It was a quiet bank holiday Monday lunchtime when we visited. We were shown to our table straight away and got cosy in the super comfortable seats!
It was a beautiful sunny day (rare!) and the window seat would have been perfect for a small group.
The interior is quite retro with the patterned wallpaper and orange seats. Everything is pristine and polished while also relaxed and welcoming.
They brought us out some fresh warm bread and butter and went through the menu with us.
As it was a bank hol we were on the Sunday menu, 2 courses for €20 or 3 for €25. The ham hock and foie gras was off and replaced by a veal starter from the main menu and the tuna from the main menu was also available on this particular day.
I absolutely love eggs and asparagus so it was a no brainer for me to go for the Baked Hen’s Egg with Asparagus to start and E chose the Veal, confit breast with onion compote, mushroom and horseradish emulsion. Being the awkward fecker he is and hating mushroom he asked for it without, which was no problem.
My dish was very pleasing to the eye and tasted great too… I especially loved the cured duck which I’d never tasted before.
The veal was a hit with E too, again not something he’d try often but was thoroughly enjoyed. (Sorry for the slightly blurry pic!)
For mains I decided that while the tuna was on offer I would snap it up! I adore tuna steak and think it’s not on the menu anywhere near enough. It was cooked lovely and rare and served with cubed chorizo, capers, a caper & anchovy purée, glazed fennel and a lime infused jus. This whole dish was my idea of heaven – I loved the perfectly cooked tuna and the saltiness of the additions to the dish. Presentation was absolutely flawless too. A standout dish by anyone’s standards!
E is a meat lover so went for the beef main – roast striploin with a yorkshire pudding that held some roasted vegtables, a couple of roasties and was served with a red wine jus & horseradish cream. This was a great take on a Sunday dinner I think. The Yorkshire pudding was filled to the brim with veg and potatoes. The only small complaint from E was the horseradish sauce, slightly too much on top of the meat that ended up scraped off anyway.
We decided we’d share a dessert and as per usualy went for the chocolate option titled Chocolate & Peanut… chocolate biscuit, milk chocolate mousse, peanut ice cream & praline. This was an amazing way to finish the meal and was absolutely devine. All of my favourite flavours mixed together…. I would eat this every day if it were available to me!
We finished off with a cappuccino, served in a lovely little china cup 🙂
The total bill including one glass of red wine and an orange was €67, €6 of which was the supplement for the tuna and beef. This was a fabulous meal in beautiful surrounds for a great price. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Marcel’s as a place to try out if you are in the area and I will certainly return. (and possibly get the exact same meal again) 🙂