Recently we visited a restaurant that has been on my list for a long, long time. I’m not quite sure why we had not been to Cavistons before but one thing I do know, we will be back very soon. I loved everything about Cavistons, the menu, place, food, staff, wine. A small restaurant next to the shop, it’s very simply decorated with wooden tables & chairs and large wall murals.
Cavistons Restaurant opened in 1996 with a long history before that in the seafood business. There are daily specials, depending on what’s in season and has been caught fresh, as well as the staple items on the menu. After a walk in Dun Laoghaire, with a little pitstop for a drink in the sunshine, we worked our way along the coast to Sandycove and our early evening dinner reservation in Cavistons.
Cavistons is open for lunch Tuesday to Saturday with 3 sittings (12, 1.30 & 3pm) and dinner Thursday to Saturday with 2 sittings (6 & 8.15pm). There’s a set menu available until 7pm at €19 for a starter and main course with a choice of two for each. However we decided to go from the a la carte. We also ordered a bottle of 2012 Pinot Blanc Metiss, Bott Geyl, Alsace, France (€36).
Ted Brown’s Dingle Bay crab claws, garlic butter (€12.50) were huge and smothered in chopped garlic and butter, practically drowning in the garlicy buttery mix and oh so good. Lots of crab meat on the claws and so full of flavour. The chargrilled Sardines, rock salt & lemon (€9.75) instantly transport you to holidays, those warm evenings, in Portugal or on the Mediterranean, eating outside, fresh fish off the barbeque. A beautiful chargrilled flavour and minimal bones, there were 4 large sardines, really simply presented with lemon and herbs.
Black Sole on the bone Meuniuer (€30) came simply presented, letting the fish do all the work (and the butter!) with a sprinkle of fresh herbs and wedges of lemon. There is nothing I could fault here, it was a perfect plate of food and easily one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had. The piece of sole was very big (again); there was enough to share on this plate although I made a good attempt myself but needed some help to finish it.
Hake, Kelly’s Steamed Clams & Mussels (€19) was a great dish, but couldn’t live up to the magnificent sole. A thick piece of hake sitting in a little pool of butter and herbs, with clams and mussels dotted around the bowl. The main courses are served with baby potatoes and mixed leaf side salads.
For dessert we had decided to try the Chocolate & Cointreau Cheesecake (€6) but unfortunately it wasn’t available, so we had a chocolate roulade dessert between us instead and on recommendation, enjoyed it with a glass of the Elysium Californian Black Muscat (normally priced at €9 / glass but they didn’t have enough chilled so treated us to mini glasses free of charge).
We finished dinner with a couple of glasses of red wine, 2012 El Bon Homme Comparte, Valencia, Spain (€7.50). Our bill came to €128.25 (without service) and was absolutely good value in my view. We enjoyed delicious seafood, wine and we hope to be back soon. There’s nothing fancy here, just fish done really well.
Cavistons Food Emporium | 58/59 Glasthule road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin| 01 2809245 | firstname.lastname@example.org