The Brasserie at The Marker – Dinner & Le Drunch

During our weekend break at The Marker we ate in The Brasserie twice, for dinner on Friday evening and Le Drunch on Sunday afternoon. Both very enjoyable visits with great food, good service and a nice ambiance, particularly on Sunday for Le Drunch. Enter The Brasserie at The Marker through the hotel lobby, left turn when you come into the hotel but it also has it’s own entrance from the street too however most people seem to enter via the hotel. As The Brasserie isn’t completely separate it feels part of the lobby and hotel as well as a restaurant space in it’s own right.

Overall on both visits, we were very impressed with the standard of food and presentation; expecting a more traditional hotel restaurant offering, this is definitely superior with thought and care in the presentation and styling of all the dishes.

Dinner – The Brasserie at The Marker
Amuse Bouche & Starters at The Marker
Amuse Bouche & Starters at The Marker

For dinner on Friday evening we had starters of Golden Beetroot Consomme, Sauerkraut Dumplings, baked Apple & Caraway Purée (€9) and BBQ Monkfish, Cavolo Nero , Crispy Cocktail Onions, Sweet Bacon Dressing (€11) followed by Rare Breed Pork Medallion, Chioggia Beets, Buttermilk Mash, Bacon & Lavender Crumbs (€25) for me and ‘John Stone’ Ribeye Beef, Confit Turnips, Burnt Onion Purée, Pistachio Crumbs & fermented Walnut (€32) for him. With a side of chunky chips (€4) completing our main course. The soup was my favourite for the balance of flavours and tastes, it was delicate yet punchy and I loved it. The pork for look and presentation but the steak for taste and flavour were the main course conclusions.

Rare Breed Pork Medallion, Chioggia Beets, Buttermilk Mash, Bacon & Lavender Crumbs
Rare Breed Pork Medallion, Chioggia Beets, Buttermilk Mash, Bacon & Lavender Crumbs
Ribeye Beef, Confit Turnips, Burnt Onion Purée, Pistachio Crumbs & fermented Walnut
Ribeye Beef, Confit Turnips, Burnt Onion Purée, Pistachio Crumbs & fermented Walnut
Chunky Chips at The Marker
Chunky Chips at The Marker

And to finish something sweet to share, a cherry cheesecake with pistachio ice-cream (€9).

Cherry cheescake at The Marker
Cherry Cheescake at The Marker

There’s a good wine list with many options by the glass. As they have the Coravin system we were able to enjoy a glass of a rather expensive but very lovely Chardonnay from Oregon (USA) by Evolution. At €17 a glass it’s pricey but absolutely worth it and a great way to start a nice meal.  We followed it with a bottle of  2013 Rioja Crianza, Ramon Bilbao (€41).

Le Drunch – The Brasserie at The Marker

On Sunday, Le Drunch was hugely enjoyable and even though it’s the same space it feels more casual with a different vibe, a DJ and cocktail making at the bar.

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A bloody Mary and a gin cocktail to kick things off. We shared a starter of Chipotle Spiced Chicken Wings with Crozier Blue Cheese, Crème Fraiche, Pomegranate, Lime & Coriander (€12). These wings were some of the best I’ve had, I loved the flavours, the spice and the sweet.

Chicken Wings at The Marker
Chicken Wings at Le Drunch
Chicken Wings at Le Drunch
Chicken Wings at Le Drunch

Then for me, Crushed Avocado, Sweetcorn, Chilli & Coriander Salsa, warm Tortillas (€13). If there’s avocado on a brunch / lunch menu I’m inevitably going to have it! And for him, Steak & Egg “John Stone’s” Butchers Secret, fried Egg, grilled Mushroom & Tomato Relish (€20).  A bottle of a crisp white wine, a 2013 unoaked Chardonnay by Roundhill, California (€35) helped Le Drunch along. The gravy with the steak & eggs was the best chip dipping sauce ever! A chip gripe though, the chips at dinner were delicious chunky and golden while Le Drunch’s chips were nowhere near as nice.

Crushed Avocado at Le Drunch
Crushed Avocado at Le Drunch
Steak & Eggs at Le Drunch
Steak & Eggs at Le Drunch

And then it was time to go home, after a really wonderful long weekend in the Docklands and say goodbye to The Marker and a fantastic weekend!

The Marker, Dublin
The Marker, Dublin

The Marker Brasserie | Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2 | +353 (0) 1 687 5100

www.themarkerhoteldublin.com/dining | @themarkerhotel

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