This is a hidden little restaurant on Vernon Ave in Clontarf, if you didn't know where you were going you could walk by and what a shame that would be.
The focus is on fish (and our party of 4 all went this way) but there are other dishes available and judging by what we saw kept within the standard of this fish mongers' plates.
We were welcomed warmly upon arrival and the owner explained everything on the fish board; how it was cooked, what it came with and where it was from. (He knew his stuff).
On the starter menu we had homemade fish cakes; they were huge and fantastic value, definitely a winner. On the mains we all had fish and there was a choice on the board of several different dishes; monkfish, cod (2 ways), marlin, ling, seabass, halibut and another which I can't remember ... nevertheless we had 3 separate plates here and they were all fantastic - generous portions and cooked very, very well. (Even though fish reigns supreme here, not a lobster in sight). With portions this size you don't really need a lot in the sides but there was a choice of sauteed potatoes or salad. All 4 of us were well sated and deserts were just a lingering afterthought.
The wine list varies, some good wines after the house and the man knows how to make a decent espresso, (always important).
The majority of the dishes are all in the €20 + mark, with the exception of a couple so if you were to have a 3/4 course on the a la carte (Friday + Saturday only) this could up the cost; however, they do a value "Cheap + Cheerful" menu during the week along with a Sunday "Light Bites" menu.
If you want to come here, book! It is a small, cozy restaurant; no outside terrace or view but by all accounts always booked out at the weekend. By the time we arrived the A board stated, "booked out" and they were probably the only restaurant packed that Saturday night such is their reputation. Definitely going back and will stay longer ....
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