I had been invited along to try out some of the brunch/lunch dishes and on reading the menu which contained a nicely selected classic French fare was really looking forward to it.
I then tried some of the French Toast. Two options are offered - one served with maple syrup, jam or chantilly cream and another, the Le Pain Perdu Rose Framboise Ladurée (€9.50) which I had. I have eaten French toast in numerous establishments around the city and this was amongst the best. I loved the presentation of the dish which used generous slices of a well-flavoured and buttery disc-shaped brioche. I also enjoyed the pomp and ceremony as my waiter drizzled the toast with the intensely flavoured raspberry coulis. Little touches like this make the diner feel special and was in keeping with the chic surroundings.
Next up, I sampled both Les Croque Monsieur Ladurée offered on the menu; one with ham (€16) and one without (€15). The presentation of this dish was an unexpected but welcome surprise. I am more used to this classic French dish being made with two slices of bread sandwiched together. Here they were creatively presented in a ‘swiss roll’ fashion which was very appealing and looked stunning.
To finish I was treated to one of the simplest and most delicious things that I have eaten in a long time. The Omelette a la Truffe Noir - Black Truffle Omelette (€16) was the perfect example of how the most delicious things are often the most simple. I really liked the fact that I was asked how I would like my Omelette cooked (I opted for still slightly runny on the inside) and when it arrived it had been cooked to perfection.
This omelette, a simply dressed salad and a glass of wine (from the small but nice selection on offer) would make the perfect lunch. At €16 the Omelette isn't cheap but for a simple and elegant lunch you couldn't find anything to surpass it.
There are great plans for the future with more cakes and patisserie being introduced shortly along with an Ice-Cream Bar, but in the short-term I was hugely impressed by my lunch in Ladurée Dublin and would highly recommend it.
1-3 South William Street
This article first appeared in TheTaste.ie