It’s been a while since I’ve done a Ranelagh restaurant review, for a bit it was as if it were the only place I ate out! I’ve tried quite a few of the local restaurants in Ranelagh, The Butcher Grill, The Exchequer Wine Bar and Dillingers to name a few… but there are just so many there that I still haven’t tried. One on my list of the recently opened Rio Rodizio, a Brazilian place that I’ve heard great reports on. But on this occasion it was a place that I’ve often heard mentioned but never made it to thus far, La Réserve Brasserie.
The small and intimate French brasserie is situated on Ranelagh main street – an absolute nightmare for parking. It was a wet and windy night when we braved the outdoors and after a bit of a trek to find parking we were warmly welcomed into the cosy restaurant.
It was early evening and we were in time for their great Market Menu deal of 2 courses for €19.95 or 3 for €22.95.
Starter options included Smoked chicken and sweet potato gratin, monkfish and endive terrine with ricotta cheese and tomato, or the special for the day which was seared tuna with sundried tomatoes and ratatouille. I love tuna steak so went straight for that – a fabulous fresh and light starter and the ratatouille was a great accompaniment.
Choices for main were Chicken Roulade with shallot and sage cream, Slow baked Salmon with green peas and wasabi purée & Crêpe of baked ham with organic egg, Emmental, baby potato and mushroom. I was so close to ordering the crepe but decided on the Chicken Roulade – and was delighted with my choice. This was comfort food on a plate, creamy mashed potatoes with veg and delicious soft chicken.
Mam decided on the special of slow cooked rib of beef. I had more than a small bit of envy when I saw her gorgeous meat. Another dish of warm and comforting food, the red wine jus and beef were absolutely fantastic.
After foregoing a starter, she decided to go for the small cheese plate for dessert with a glass of wine which finished things off nicely.
The restaurant was pretty quiet during our visit – I can only imagine that the awful weather had put people off as it certainly isn’t the quality of food served in La Réserve. While Ranelagh has many popular dining options I find a lot of them are of the more casual burgers and wings line of food. La Réserve is a welcome break from that with a great Early Bird to take advantage of…give it a try!