Enjoyed an excellent pre-theatre meal in Le Bon Crubeen on Saturday.
The place has a lovely atmosphere, even early in the evening, helped along by the music of Rufus Wainwright, Michale Bublé etc drifting through the speakers.
They offer an excellent pre-theatre deal of €19.95 for 2 courses or €22-ish for 3 but several of my party were tempted by things from the A La Carte so we went down that route, and it didn't prove much harder on the pockets at all.
I had the moules mariniere to start which arrived in a generous helping of their delicious white wine sauce replete with a small portion of bread for mopping and a preemptive spoon to make sure you didn't miss any of it.
Of my my companions two opted for the potted duck which received good reviews, and one opted for the peach, feta and dried ham salad which gave me total food envy when it arrived, it looked incredible!
For my main I chose the lamb rump which arrived as pink and tender as promised by the menu and which was accompanied by a gorgeous, flavourful caponata and a little garlic potato gratin which was deliciously sinful tasting.
My dining partners all opted for fish mains and all were delighted in their choices - variously, haddock, ray wing and a main-sized version of the mussel starter.
Two coffees and a lemon posset rounded off the meal and I indulged in my new favourite thing, a desert cocktail, specifically a Brandy Alexander.
Le Bon Crubeen sports a full bar and a couple of excellent mixologists who have put together an exciting cocktail menu and are happy to go off book if you fancy something a little different.
Replete and with pockets not too badly damaged we tottered off to the Gate for our show.
But, so impressed were we with our experience at Le Bon Crubeen we ended up back there again on our way home for post-theatre cocktails and discovered to our delight there was a live jazz trio playing in the corner. What a lovely way to end the evening.
Coeliac and Vegetarian friendly
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