We were kindly invited along to the launch of the Summer menu and wine list in The Arch Bistro, Churchtown, recently. It was a great opportunity for us to try it out, as The Arch is reasonably nearby to where we live. We hadn’t visited before now, but will certainly return as the food we tasted from Chef Stephen McArdle’s kitchen was really excellent.
The evening started with a glass of bubbles, a little mingle with the other guests and an Amuse Bouche of Foie Gras Mousse, Armagh Cider Jelly, Truffle Foam, Pain d’Espices. A lovely start to our meal, the foie gras mousse was delicious. The cider jelly didn’t really wok for me, I love apple & foie gras together but in jelly form wasn’t a fan! Otherwise it was very good. And the meal was upwards from there…
The 1st course was Kilmore Quay Crab – Granny Smith Apple, Avocado, Fine herbs, Watermelon Gazpacho. This was paired with a Picpoul de Pinet. I loved this crab started, very light and fresh. I wouldn’t normally choose a Picpoul but can see why it was paired to this dish, it worked perfectly.
Onto the fish course, John Dory with Samphire, Young Leeks, Farm Greens, Sauce Vierge. Matched with a Pear Tree Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region in New Zealand, this was a stunning dish and wine. Everything worked here and I could have drunk this wine all night, clean and fresh, a perfect example of Marlborough Sauvignon.
Next was probably the star of the evening for us, the Wexford Lamb – Roast Rump, Baby Courgette, Basil Puree, Red Pepper & Fivemiletown Goats Cheese. The wine was red, a Bourgogne Pinot Noir. The lamb was beautifully cooked, pink. The accompanying courgette and basil puree added to the dish. Whilst I liked the red pepper wrapped goats cheese, I don’t think it was needed on this plate of food.
Dessert was based on Iona Farm Cherries, Poached in Red Wine and served with Mascarpone and Vanilla, Shortbread and White Chocolate. I adore cherries so for me this was an ideal dessert and one I more than happily devoured, paired with a french dessert wine. And such a pretty plate, with the flowers … loved it.
The quality of the cooking that Chef Stephen McArdle is producing at The Arch Bistro is wonderful. It’ a local neighbourhood restaurant that is really worth visiting. The menu and food is French inspired using local seasonal ingredients.
Wines were from Mackenway and Le Caveau. The Pinot Noir was really standout, a light red. Most times I prefer a heavier red wine, more meaty and more body but for Summer, this is a lovely red wine to enjoy.
The Arch Bistro | Landscape Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14 (Above the Glenside Pub) | 01 2966340 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arch Bistro is open for lunch: Tuesday-Friday 12:30-2:30pm and Sunday 12-3pm. Dinner is served: Tuesday-Saturday, from 5-9pm and Sunday 5-8pm.
*I was invited to this evening at The Arch Bistro by Patrick O’Reilly from the Restaurant Doctor. While the food and wine received were complimentary, my thoughts and opinions are true and not swayed by this. This post is a reflection of my own feelings on the food, wine and restaurant.