Having stayed and dined at The Conrad Hotel Dublin a few times previously I was looking forward to visiting again, especially since they have undergone a huge refurbishment, including lots of changes with their new bar, Lemuel’s and restaurant, The Coburg. On entering the hotel, there’s a much more luxurious air to it’s previous incarnation, more befitting of it’s five stars.
Disclaimer: We were invited to have dinner at The Coburg, our meal was complimentary.
The Coburg takes it’s name from the nearby Iveagh Gardens, once named after the German Saxe-Coburgs as ‘The Coburg Gardens’. The gardens were the headquarters for the Royal Horse Bazaar in the 1800s. Leather banquettes, lots of navy blue and browns, marble topped tables, dark woods, brass and decor and styling bringing in the equestrian theme can be found throughout. The Coburg is very much styled a brasserie or bistro in style yet it does still retain a hotel restaurant feel somewhat.
With all day casual dining there is something for everyone here, from brunch through early and late lunches, pre-theatre (or pre-concert hall as I’d imagine will fill a lot of these tables) and dinner. The menu opens with oysters, shellfish, a choice of egg dishes, soups, salads, small plates, sandwiches including a delicious sounding lobster roll, through to larger fish, meat and grill dishes.
To start we enjoyed a glass of Henriot, the house Champagne. The wine list is good, with nice choices. We selected a couple of glasses of Muscadet Severe-et-Maine sur lie, Domaine de la Vinconniere, Loire, France (€9 glass) followed by the Walnut Block Collectables Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand (€14 glass).
To start for me, Castletownbere Crab Cocktail (€13.50). I had wanted the Prawn Cocktail but it was not available the evening we were there. The crab was a worthy second choice though. Beautifully presented in a tall copper martini cocktail style glass. Although this was a little challenging to eat from. The crab was creamy and delicious popped on the little toasts that accompanied it.
For him, Mozzarella and Tomato, extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil (€13). A simple dish but done really well, both the mozzarella and tomatoes were really tasty. However at €13 there’s a big expectation here so it needed to be good, and it just felt a little too much for such a simple dish.
For mains, I chose the Market Fish of The Day with a lemon caper butter (€16), Plaice, while he selected from the Grill section, Steak Frites, 35 day dry-aged Irish 8oz ribeye steak, French fries, béarnaise sauce (€25). We added a side of french beans as well (€4.50). The fish was light and flaky, with the lemon caper butter balanced and complimentary, not overpowering, simple yet great plate of food. The steak was not as successful a dish, nothing in particular wrong with it, just not very flavoursome, either the steak or the bearnaise. The fries had that slightly greasy taste so were not as crisp as you would like them to be. But the beans were awesome!
And to finish a cheese board – Irish Cheese Board, homemade relish, course flour crackers (€9.50).
On balance we enjoyed our visit to The Coburg. It’s more than just a hotel restaurant, elevated by the atmosphere and surroundings, as well as the food. The menu will appeal to groups for it’s variety and choices. Also a great spot if you are attending an event at The Concert Hall, for a pre or post concert dinner.
The Coburg | Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland | +353-1-602-8900