One of our go-to, favourite restaurants is Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street. Especially when you can sit on their terrace. It’s a fully covered, heated terrace so is an option year round. You can enjoy great food, wine and watch the world go by, my idea of heaven…
Despite it being somewhere we go quite often, I realized I had never reviewed it here, so putting that to rights now. We booked for lunch on a Saturday and (of course) requested a table on the terrace. The lunch (and early bird) menu is excellently priced at €23.95 for 2 courses or €28.95 for 3 courses. There’s also the option of a la carte menu should you prefer that. The steak main course on the lunch menu has a supplement of €5.
Marco Pierre White’s is always a busy, buzzy place. It has a traditional brasserie, steakhouse feel, with a relaxed ambiance yet feels special too. There’s a relatively short menu but in keeping with the style and feel of the restaurant. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a main course other than steak here but we do try different starters and desserts!
I started with the Shrimp Cocktail while he had the Heirloom Tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella. The Shrimp cocktail was vintage perfection, served in a glass, crisp iceberg lettuce, topped with prawns in a marie rose sauce. A wedge of lemon and thin crispy melba toasts to accompany it. H
eirloom tomatoes just make for the prettiest of plates… all the beautiful colours here and it tasted just as good as it looked with the sharp balsamic, pesto, soft buffalo mozzarella and the amazing flavour of the tomatoes. There was nothing new in either the shrimp cocktail or the tomatoes, but that doesn’t take away from how good they were. Well honed dishes that I’m always happy to see on a menu.
For mains, we both chose the steak (see earlier note!) – Sirloin Steak, Sauce bearnaise, frites. The steak, cooked medium for me and medium rare for him. Those chips, that steak… nothing to fault on this plate at all. The steak, well seasoned, with those lovely charred marks across it, was cooked perfectly. Simple yet delicious.
We finished with dessert of frozen Chocolate & Mint Parfait, oreo cookie, raspberry cream – now I’m not a dessert person but this is something sweet I can get on board with. A bottle of Kim Crawford Pinot Noir was a super accompaniment for our lunch.
I really think Marco Pierre White’s has one of the best steaks in Dublin. While I enjoy some of the newer steakhouses and steak restaurants we always find ourselves coming back to Marco Pierre Whites. And that terrace is definitely a bonus too!
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill | 51 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 | 01 6771155 | firstname.lastname@example.org