I was excited to see the news about Fallon & Byrne opening in what was formerly the Tea Rooms in The People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It seemed to take ages for it to open and I believe it was meant to do so before the Summer, but a few weeks ago the doors were finally opened. It was worth the wait, a fantastic refurbishment creating a modern and airy space, lots of windows and glass and light. A picture perfect dining room. To the right of the restaurant space is a coffee area and small deli. To the left the kitchen and preparation area. There are menus available through the day, breakfast, lunch, afternoon and dinner.
We visited for lunch on the Sunday just after it opened. We had made a reservation thinking that it would probably be busy and we were right. With the market on Sundays in the park there’s lots of people milling around and with Fallon & Byrne being so new, lots of people popping their head in to take a look. Our table was by the window and it was a lovely sunny Sunday.
I will preface this by saying this is not a cafe, its a restaurant with restaurant pricing – its great for a more formal lunch but for a bite to eat not the place. Although saying that there were people beside us how just ordered the soup from the starters and that was it… I don’t think that’s the intention of this place though.
I started with the Pickled & grilled mackerel, pickled cucumber, beetroot yoghurt, watercress salad (€8.95). I liked this but didn’t love it… the pickled mackerel was really good but the grilled not so much, it was kind of mushy and just didn’t do it for me. He started with Gravadlax of organic Irish salmon, apple, capers & fennel, mandarin dressing (€9.95) – this was more successful starter and I’d happily eat this any time, just the right about of citrus and fruit, perfectly balanced the smoked salmon.
For mains, I wanted something quite light so chose the Caesar salad, crisp pancetta, Parmesan shavings with grilled free-range Irish chicken (€15.95). This is available with or without chicken and as a starter or main portion. It may seem that it’s hard to get Caesar salad wrong but I’ve had so many bad ones, this was not one of those. Crunchy baby gem lettuce, a nice balance of the pancetta and generous shavings of Parmesan. Tangy dressing – just the right amount. I loved it.
He went for the Roasted skate wing, crushed potatoes,braised leeks, lemon, caper & parsley butter (€18.95). On the mains I did better, only fair as he won the starter battle! The skate was fine, just nothing overly special about it and I don’t think either of us would go for this dish again. We shared a side of chips (€3.50) also with our mains, big fat chunky golden chips, they were really good. Now on the menu they are listed as ‘french fries’ – I consider french fries to be skinny chips like frites.
We started our indulgent lunch with a glass of Prosecco and followed this with a bottle of Domaine de Menard 2013 from Gascony France (€28). Because he can’t resist something sweet, we shared the Chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce (€6.75) for dessert.
After lunch we climbed the wrought iron staircase outside to the roof terrace area, you can look back into the restaurant or out to the bay, over the market.
We enjoyed our lunch visit so much we booked for a dinner last week to celebrate a family birthday, just 3 of us. A really enjoyable evening, prosecco, nice wine, good food – but it just feels a little on the pricey side overall. I would return but not too often with the prices as they are, perhaps in the new year they might introduce an early bird menu to make this more accessible mid week. For now its buzzing, the new place with a large catchment area around it so I’m sure it will do super.
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