We live locally and been eagerly waiting for the opening of the latest addition to Ballyhackamore's expanding restaurant scene. We already have a few favourites in the area but booked a table here for Saturday night - exactly one week after it opened its doors to the public. My partner was reluctant to go so soon and would have preferred to wait until any teething problems were ironed out with such a new venture- thankfully any concerns quickly disappeared when the food arrived.
We had a 8pm booking and the restaurant was quite busy- that said it took quite a while for us to be given menus and for a drinks order to be taken. Indeed we could see our glasses of wine on the bar and had to remind the waiting staff to bring them over. At this stage, we had feared that we would have to wait an inordinate amount of time to be served food but these fears were quickly allayed. So after a shaky start on the service front (for which the staff were very apologetic), Graze exceeded our expectations on both food and service from that point on. We shared some sourdough bread before our starters (due to our initial concerns on potential wait for food- which turned out to not be an issue). I had the salt & chilli squid to start which is served with a tasty Thai like dressing and slaw, whilst my partner had the goat cheese fritters with apple, beetroot and walnut brittle etc- both starters were excellent and well presented. We both opted for one of the seafood specials on offer that evening which was the scallops and butternut squash risotto with rocket and truffle oil- the risotto was cooked to perfection and the the scallops were fabulous. We were both quite full at this stage but decided to opt for dessert to try the full Graze offering - I had the spiced apple & blackberry crumble with custard and my partner had the white chocolate parfait which was served with yellow man and rhubarb. Both desserts were good and the crumble could be shared between two- the only criticism of the crumble was that it could have been done for slightly longer to brown the top a little more - but this was definitely nothing major. We had been out the night before and therefore were taking it easy on the drinks front - but look forward to exploring more of Graze's wine and cocktail menu in due course. We will definitely be back and will be spreading the word- also looking forward to checking out their Sunday sharing roasts. Also- the interior of the restaurant has been well finished and ambience good.Well done guys- very impressed.
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