The Greenhouse, Dublin, 12/16/17

exterior
exterior

The Greenhouse is a medium sized place with lots of wood, a rich blue paint color very nice linens and a wall of windows to the street.  The layout has a small elevated section for 3 nicely spaced tables and comfortable bench seating that look into the kitchen and a lower level for the majority of the tables where the tables are more closely spaced but some are divided by spacers.  The two portions are separated by a gauzy curtain and a ramp up to the kitchen.  Chef Mickael Viljanen has been running the kitchen for 5 years this March.  They offer 2 tasting menus, one with 4 and the other 6 courses.  A cheese course is a supplement.  We chose the 4 course menu.  

from the side
from the side
table set up
table set up
through the window
through the curtain
interior
interior
Frankie sniffed the tables flower
Frankie sniffed the tables flower
menu cover
menu cover
tasting menu
tasting menu
peek in the kitchen
peek in the kitchen

 

We started with a couple amuse bouche,  a cream and cod tartlet topped with dried black anchovies, a beef tartar and lovage and a suckling pig beignet with bonita mayo and apple.   The tartlet was smokey, crisp and delicious.  The beef was on a puffy crisped cracker and was tasty, salty and fun.  The beignet was warm and crisp.  It was surprisingly not heavy but full of flavor.   They also brought out a fresh sourdough baguette with country farm butter.  It was a nice crisp bagette with good, strong flavored butter.

Frankie inspected the snacks
Frankie inspected the snacks
cream and cod tartlet; beef tartar
cream and cod tartlet; beef tartar
closer
closer
closer
closer
crispy suckling pig beignet
crispy suckling pig beignet
another shot
another shot
bread and butter
bread and butter
Frankie studied the plate design
Frankie studied the plate design

 

First course was Foie Gras Royale with Granny Smith apple, walnut and smoked eel.  The walnuts were candied and the foie gras was smooth, creamy and worked perfectly with the sweet yet tart apple.  A bit of apple sorbet was also on the plate and it added a nice temperature contrast.  The flavor of the the dish really sang – it all blended well and the  crisp nuts added just the right touch to move this plate to the excellent level.

Foie Gras Royale, Granny Smith Apple, Walnut, Smoked Eel
Foie Gras Royale, Granny Smith Apple, Walnut, Smoked Eel
closer
closer
from the top
from the top
side view
side view
Frankie looked into the other room
Frankie looked into the other room

 

Lightly steamed John Dory was next, served with broccoli, Vadouvan, lobster sabayon and yogurt.  The delicate buttery fish was cooked perfectly and on the side were nice vegetables and a couple good sauces.  The fish was best with the buttermilk sauce whereas the sabyon had a bit more salt and was better with the broccoli.  A crisp of something was also on the plate that added a nice textural contrast to the good dish.

John Dory, Broccoli, Vadouvan, Lobster Sabayon, Yoghurt
John Dory, Broccoli, Vadouvan, Lobster Sabayon, Yoghurt
closer
closer
closer
closer
other side
other side
another side
another side
Frankie checked out the knife rest
Frankie checked out the knife rest
Chef in the kitchen
Chef in the kitchen

 

Roast Anjou pigeon was served with cauliflower, truffle, capers and raisins.  The confit leg was served with toasted garlic and the breast meat was accented with winter truffles, raisins and cauliflower.  The truffles had a wonderful aroma and actually had a good taste, no cardboard.  The nicely rare breast had a mixture of sauces that went wonderfully with everything on the plate.  By serving the legs confit style they were not dry at all.  Both parts of the bird were delicious in this wonderful course.

Roast Anjou Pigeon, Cauliflower, Truffle, Capers and Raisins
Roast Anjou Pigeon, Cauliflower, Truffle, Capers and Raisins
closer
closer
other side
other side
detail
detail
confit legs
confit legs
closer
closer
Frankie played in the Christmas decorations
Frankie played in the Christmas decorations
wine
wine

 

Dessert was a chocolate and praline “tart” with coffee and milk sorbet.  The wonderful chocolate portion was accented with caramel and went perfectly with the salted milk sorbet.

Chocolate and Praline "Tart", Coffe, Milk Sorbet
Chocolate and Praline “Tart”, Coffee, Milk Sorbet
closer
closer
Frankie admired the tile while playing on the hand dryer
Frankie admired the tile while playing on the hand dryer

 

The next treat was a couple of fresh mandarin oranges and a hazelnut pastry topped with the cutest chocolate square that was printed with “the GREENHOUSE” – too fun.

oranges
oranges
extra treats
final treats
closer
chocolate with caramel
closer
Hazelnut pastry
after dinner Armagnac
after dinner Armagnac
Chef Mickael Viljanen and Frankie
Chef Mickael Viljanen and Frankie

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s