La Cave on Dublin’s South Anne Street is Dublin’s oldest wine bar… its been many years since I last visited and had heard some good things from family who had been more recently. So in town on a recent Sunday evening, we started off with a cocktail in Sams Bar on Dawson Street. Leaving there we wandered back to South Anne Street and down the red stairs into La Cave…Its little, ‘French’ and I really loved it on sight – it’s definitely chintzy with its red paper table cloths, bottles of wine and champagne everywhere but with the loveliest of atmospheres.
Its small, really small… so don’t expect spacious tables. We were handed menus, and told if we wanted to order from the early bird menu (which was not meant to be available) we could do so. We looked through the wine list – with a menu of over 350 wines including 40 by the glass it’s a big one! We ordered a couple of glasses of white wine to start off and a bottle of red wine (French obviously!) – there are wines from other countries but the most extensive choice is in sticking with French. Of course I can’t recall the wine we tried that night, but I know we followed it with a one of the house reds, Château Veyran, a Grenache / Mourvèdre / Syrah / Saint Chinian blend which was also very nice especially at the price of €22.
Onto the food, we spent a while looking through the menu and on decided what we were going to have, they fit into the early bird menu. When the waiter told me the soup was french onion, that was me decided. So I started with the soup and for main course, the duo of fish, a piece of cod and salmon, simply grilled and served with a creamed potato. Himself decided on the mussels to start – Steamed Connemara Mussels with Shallots White Wine and Parsley and the Steak – Prime Irish Minute Steak – for mains. Everything we ate was simple but delicious. The soup came with cheesy bread on the top, perfectly melty and the mussels were plentiful – not the biggest but just fine. I loved the fish, its not a big feat of cooking, to prepare fish like this but it was done well and tasted beautiful. The steak was huge for what was meant to be a ‘minute steak’ – looked more like sirloin and tasted good according to the beef expert that is my husband!
We carried on after that with a cheese plate, some more wine and chats… its such a great place to relax and spend a while. It was so good we visited again the following week with my father in law and partner who hadn’t been to La Cave in many many years… they were delighted to rediscover it. And I’m looking forward to going back again.
La Cave Wine Bar – 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2 – Tel: (01) 679 4409 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org