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San Lorenzo, George’s St, Dublin

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I do love a list… and I love ticking things off that list. And even better when it’s my long list of places to eat! I recently had dinner in San Lorenzo on George’s Street which had been somewhere I’d wanted to try for aaaaages but never got around to. It’s very well known for doing a great Brunch but I’d also heard lots of reports that the food in general was fantastic… plus I’d seen some pics of some tasty looking Nutella Cheesecake – this HAD to be tried out!

First off – excuse the pics as it was super dark so they aren’t great at all!

We visited on a Thursday evening and the place was pretty busy. It was also Dine in Dublin week so there was a good buzz about town. It’s a nice relaxed restaurant, some standard seating and some booths, dim lighting, lots of chatter…. Perfect for a good catch up over some food.

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Something I hadn’t heard of was the view from the loo… a large window overlooks the kitchen – reassuring that they have nothing to hide and you could have a good nosey at the chefs cooking if you really wanted to!

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We got a super seat at the window at the front of the restaurant … good for some people watching on George’s Street 🙂

While San Lorenzo is an Italian restaurant, it’s  not your standard pizza and pasta place. Starters had a mix of calamari salad, chowder, pan fried gambas, duck liver bruschetta, tortellini or porchetta, priced between €8 and €12. E went for the prawns and I chose the porchetta. I’d never tasted it before and given the hype over the new pizza and porchetta restaurant up at Grand Canal – I thought I’d give it a try!

The prawns arrived with their shell still on which I thought would turn E off, but they peeled away easily and the prawns were succulent with plenty of chilli and garlic.

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My porchetta was a HUGE portion and I was surprised at how good it was. Served with tuna mayo and capers it was zingy and the meat was super soft.

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There was lots of choice for mains – scallops, salmon, striploin steak, slow roast pork belly, yellow fin tuna, barnyard chicken breast, a veggie pasta dish and venison. I usually go for fish for at least one of my courses but decided on the venison and E got the chicken. Most dishes were priced around the mid 20’s.

The chicken breast was served with creamed sweetcorn, parsnips, duck fat roasties and some silver skin onions. I often find that chicken can be overcooked and dried out but this was juicy and extremely tasty and the roasties were to die for.

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The venison was cooked medium and was served with red cabbage, cranberry and the most amazing parmesan gratin potatoes. E wouldn’t touch anything creamy of cheesy so I had the whole portion to myself and it was without doubt the best gratin I’ve ever had – my mouth is watering just thinking of it now! The meat was cooked perfectly and paired so well with the red cabbage and cranberry. Not being a fan of fruit with savoury usually I had prepared myself not to like that part!

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So by now I was stuffed… but there was no way on earth that I was skipping dessert after looking forward to the baked Nutella cheesecake! E went for the Lindt milk chocolate pot which came with amaretto biscuits and I of course got the cheesecake. As if we didn’t have enough of a chocolate overload there, the cheesecake came with a big ball of chocolate brownie ice cream – I’m sure most people would be about to pass out with all the food and chocolate but we are complete chocaholics and devoured it.

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We left super satisfied and without one single complaint about the food we’d eaten. They offer a great lunch menu and early bird option too – I would 100% recommend and I will 100% be re-visiting! 🙂

San Lorenzo,  South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Ph: +353 (1) 478 9383      Web: http://www.sanlorenzos.ie/    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SanLorenzos

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