I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s where Gigs Place used to be! Owner Russell Wilde and Head Chef David O’Byrne have created a contemporary and casual yet stylish restaurant here. Neon red name signage guides you in to a warm and inviting dining room with exposed brick, dark red leather and wood flooring and features. It’s a cosy space with an open kitchen and another small dining room upstairs too.
We visited on a Sunday evening, and the Early Bird menu was available all evening. This is a well priced option at €23 for 2 courses and €28 for 3 courses. Richmond opens for brunch at the weekends and evenings from Tuesday to Saturday. On Tuesday they offer a 5 course tasting menu only.
There was 6 of us on this occasion, a family meal for Mother’s Day. It was relatively quiet through the evening, but we were on the early side, sitting down around 6pm. We enjoyed caramelised onion bread with a thyme butter while we waited. To start, I chose the Sweet red pepper, Irish ricotta, marinated vegetables, basil, almond – a beautiful dish, light and full of flavour.
Other starter dishes included the Crispy duck cake, pickled red cabbage, truffle lentil cream, pistachio – this was ordered minus the truffle cream but worked perfectly without, a really good balance of textures. Grilled mackerel, fennel slaw, apple, cucumber, buttermilk – a wonderful combination of flavours from the fennel and the freshness of the apple and cucumber with the fish.
Onto main courses and there was a few Richmond Burgers ordered. The Richmond Burger is served in a brioche bun with Monterey jack, tomato, onion, pickles, smoked paprika aioli and fries. This was definitely a hit all round the table. A small complaint in that despite ordering as medium, a couple were overcooked. The vegetarian dish of Wild mushroom, puff pastry, caramelised onion, green beans, roast cauliflower sauce, ordered by a committed carnivore and devoured! I chose the Slow-cooked ox cheek, thyme gnocchi, celeriac, greens, crispy onions. Melt in your mouth meat, and I’m still thinking about that gnocchi!
Half of our party ordered dessert. Date pudding, toffee sauce, gingerbread ice cream, salted peanuts was the clear winner; an amazing dish! The Rhubarb crème brûlée, shortbread biscuit and Chocolate brownie, white chocolate truffle, cherry mousse, vanilla were very tasty too.
Our bill for 6 people including 3 bottles of wine, 2 bottles of a very fine Picpoul de Pinet (€31 ea.) and 1 bottle of Corbieres (€36) came to €254 (not including service / with 12% service added = €285.75). A very enjoyable experience, comfortable setting, great cooking, simple yet flavoursome food, good service and just a really nice spot which we’ll return to.
Richmond | 43 Richmond Street South, Dublin| +353 (0)1 4788783