One of my favourite places to pop into for a relaxing afternoon tea treat or a cocktail is the iconic Westbury Hotel, located just off Grafton Street. Knowing that I would be ravenous after my morning shopping, I arranged to meet a friend and had booked a table for us to lunch in Wilde – The Restaurant in The Westbury.
Arriving a little early, we decided to order cocktails in the hotel’s Marble Bar – An Old Fashioned for yours truly and a rather impressive looking Mojito for Patrick. As I sipped on my drink I could feel myself relaxing and all the stresses of the morning ebbing away. We then moved into the restaurant which, in my opinion, is one of the most stunning dining rooms in Dublin. Spacious and beautifully decorated in a 1920s art nouveau style, it has large expansive windows which look out onto Harry Street and Grafton Street, offering a unique viewpoint of the city. Although quite a few tables were taken, we were lucky to get seated beside the window.
Feeling in celebratory mood, we decided to kick off our meal with a glass each of Dom Perignon Champagne and the Westbury Bread Selection (€5) while we considered the menu and made our choices. The breads were well made and came with a generous serving of butter. Too many restaurants skimp on the amount of butter that they serve with their breads and for someone who is a great lover of Irish butter, I have to admit I feel cheated when this happens. This was not the case in Wilde and I happily spread the butter thickly on the delicious breads that we were served which included Herb Soda Bread, Brown Treacle Bread and a Sourdough.
For our main courses both Patrick and I decided to eschew the salads offered on the menu and instead we chose a meat and fish dish respectively. Patrick’s 8oz Fillet of Dry Aged Irish Beef with Chunky Chips (€34) came cooked medium-rare as requested and had a lovely slightly smoky chargrilled taste. Fillet beef can often be flavourless unless seasoned correctly and cooked with care and attention. Thankfully a lot of love had gone into cooking the meat which was delightfully tender. The accompanying chips were also very good and had been attractively presented in a Jenga-like fashion beside the beef. A rich and unctuous beef gravy finished off the dish.
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Despite feeling a little full after the food we had already eaten, we both decided to order desserts. My Crème Brûlée with Honey Madeleine (€9) was served with fresh berries on the side and was an extremely well-made and a perfect example of this dessert stalwart.
Service throughout our meal was exemplary and attentive without feeling stifling. Staff are friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the food and ingredients used and were able to answer all my questions. I was really impressed by the food in Wilde – The Restaurant and look forward to visiting again soon.
Wilde – The Restaurant
The Westbury Hotel
7am - 10.30am, Monday - Friday
7am - 11am, Saturday/Sunday
All Day Menu:
12pm - 10pm, Monday - Sunday
This article first appeared in TheTaste.ie