Cote de Boeuf, Pomme Frite et salade verte – otherwise known as Rib of Irish Beef with Chunky Chips and green salad – 32oz of beefy loveliness … I could end my review here, it’s the reason beef exists!
We visited La Maison one Sunday evening recently; having had a quite weekend we took the bus into town, had a little wander around, a glass of wine in a nearby bar and then it was time for dinner… the restaurant itself is quite small, typically French bistro style with wooden tables, reasonably close together. We were lucky to get a table that would normally seat 4 so we had some space around us. Knowing exactly what we were getting for mains, that left us with the question of a starter… the menu has some nice options, from frogs legs to langoustines, salads, soup starting at around €7.50 to €13.50… however it was one of the mains that caught my eye, the La poelee de la mer sauce bonne femme – skillet of fresh fish and shellfish in a white wine sauce, priced at €18.50, we thought it would make a perfect starter for 2. The skillet was beautiful, freshest flaky fish, mussels, all in a deliciously flavorsome white wine sauce.
The main courses on the menu, similarly to the starters have the traditional options like Filet de boeuf tartare or foie gras terrine, with other dishes like wild mushroom risotto or tagine chicken moroccan style. A number of the dishes like the tartare or the risotto are also available as starters. The standout for us was the cote de boeuf, both on the menu and in real life, it was sublime… and at €59 for 2 people is very well priced. There is other sides available to order should you wish, not needed though with the beef, the chips & salad is the perfect accompaniment.
We started with a carafe of the house white wine, to match our fishy starter. The wine arrived with a small bowl of olive tapanade and some toasted bread to get us started. With the starter done, and no white wine left, we ordered the house red wine carafe, a really nice robust French red, well able to stand up to the beef. We may have then ordered another carafe of the red, to finish off… in place of dessert! The carafes are very well priced at €15 (€4.95 glass). The wine list is all French (obviously!) and reasonably well priced throughout.
All in there’s not enough good things I can say about that rib of beef… I think I may have used the word beef too many times in this review but it was really spectacular and totally deserving of any plaudits that come its way. I think had we not got the table we did, the experience might not have been as enjoyable as the tables for 2 were very close together. I can’t wait to return though and hope to very soon.
La Maison, 15 Castlemarket Street, Dublin 2 / phone: 01-6727258 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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