Chameleon, Temple Bar

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I had numerous celebrations for my birthday recently – and why not?! 🙂  I struggle to pick my favourite part as there was plenty of nice food involved but along with my lunch in Angler’s Rest and fab time in City Social in London I also really enjoyed my meal in Chameleon, an Indonesion restaurant in town.

I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to try here… it has a fantastic reputation for great food and celebrated 20 years in business last year – no mean feat in Dublin’s competitive food scene! On one of Temple Bar’s side streets, it’s just out of the way of the madness.

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We were seated downstairs where I think they seat all parties of 2… upstairs in a large dining area that was buzzing this particular Friday evening…. no January blues around here!

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The menu is amazing… basically it’s done tapas style but instead of just choosing your individual dishes you choose a menu. Each menu has 5-7 dishes within and most menus have a couple of the basics in common, for example rice or greens so when you both order your menu these sides portions are to share. We decided we’d just order 2 different menus and share the lot – my favourite way to eat!

We chose the Rijst Tafel 4 Java and the Vegetarian Rijst Tafel whcih gave a huge variety of dishes!

The Rijst Tafel Java offered Chicken satay served with peanut sauce, Crab cake, with haddock, Asian herbs, chilli & mango dip, Irish beef Rendang in a spicy coconut milk sauce with cinnamon, confit of Fermanagh black pork belly, Salad with cucumber, mango, Chinese leaves with a peanut and black sesame dressing, Seasonal greens wok fried and Wok fried noodles with beansprouts, ginger, garlic &soy sauce.

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And the Vegetarian Rijst Tafel had a Balinese Yello Curry with long beans, sweetcorn & mangetout, a Potato & chickpea cake of sorts with carrot, banana shallots, celery, Portobello & chestnut mushrooms in crispy tempura with peanut sauce, the same salad as the other menu and same greens and noodles too and some spiced rice… so a feast by anyone’s standard!

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This is the chicken satay to the front of the picture, the pork belly in the middle and the crab cake at the back.

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Here are the mushroom tempura and the veggie curry which was deliciously creamy and surprisingly satisfying for a big meat eater like myself!

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The meat in the Beef Rendang literally Fell apart it was so soft.

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There was SO MUCH food here that we couldn’t manage to get through everything. With the veggie menu at €28 and the other one at €32 it was an unbelievable amount of food for €60… in fact it barely fit on the table! The food was great, wine was reasonably priced and the staff were friendly and helpful to us choosing a suitable menu – I would recommend you all to try out Chameleon!

Chameleon, 1 Lower Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Web: http://www.chameleonrestaurant.com/ Ph: +353 (0)1 6710362
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