We have found ourselves in Sandycove a couple of times recently both times eating at Le Petit Cochon, once for dinner and once lunch…both times equally as good…Le Petit Cochon is a lovely little neighbourhood eatery, relaxed, casual and obviously French in style and menu.
Inside, I love the neutral colour palette of pale blues and greys, a touch of greens, white and wood. Its a pleasant place to be…there’s also a window to the busy kitchen so you can keep an eye on the going ons there!
On our 1st evening visit, as it was a Sunday evening, we had the option of their Early Bird menu which is available all night Sunday – Thursday and between 5.30 & 7pm Friday and Saturday. The early bird menu is priced at €21.95 for 2 courses / €25.95 for 3 courses. We both love mussels so the starters for us was an easy decision – ‘Moules du Jour’ – on this visit they were ‘au cidre’ served in the traditional pots, with apple matchsticks on top in a lovely cidery apple creamy sauce. The sauce was light and just an accompaniment to the juicy plump mussels so it didn’t detract from them.
For mains, we again chose the same thing, which is quite unusual for us to do that – Entrecote Frites (which had a €5 supplement) – a 10oz sirloin steak with fat chips, lettuce and a choice of sauce. Accompanying our steak we chose a bottle of Mitchell’s Claret at €27. The wine list has changed since that visit though and this wine isn’t available anymore unfortunately.
The steak was good, not amazing though, a little bland tasting even with the pepper sauce and I probably wouldn’t bother the next time considering the supplement as well. I’d also choose skinny fries given a choice rather than these fat ones. The moules easily surpassed the steak as a dish.
We shared a cheese plate for dessert – the ‘Plateau de Fromage’ had a €4 supplement on the early bird but sharing one we felt this was well worth it. A board with 4 cheeses arrived, nice amount to share and we enjoyed working our way through this with the last of our Claret.
We visited just last weekend for Sunday lunch… now this is more than worth a visit for! Lunch is available only on Sundays and their menu is so well priced at €19 for 2 courses or €24 for 3 courses.
Neither of could resist the Moules again to start – this time ‘au pastis’ – a lovely white wine cream sauce with fennel on top. We were with my mother in law on this visit and she had the ‘Rilette de Saumon’ – pottted salmon herb salad, sourdough bread. to start. For mains there was again no debate and weirdly again both my and Simon chose the same – ‘Roti du Dimanche’ – roast of the day with all the trimmings and on our visit this was stuffed poussin with roast potatoes, carrots & thyme jus… my mother in law chose the ‘Carrelet Meuniere’ for main – fillet of plaice meuniere with potato, spring onion and caper salad.
The Poussin was one of the nicest things I’ve eaten in ages…so moist and flavoursome, presented beautifully on the board with the roast potatoes and carrots and a little jug of jus. We both loved it … and will be looking out for when poussin is next their ‘roast of the day’. The Plaice was also very good, nicely presented the plaice fillets on top of the salad with the lovely light buttery sauce.
We couldn’t resist a couple of desserts to share so ordered the ‘Mousse au Chocolat’ – dark chocolate mousse with candied peanut, salted butter caramel sauce and a pear / almond tart. the tart was just ok, quite average really so we weren’t bothered with that. But the chocolate… oh my… I think the picture says it all… chocolaty divine loveliness on a plate.
During our lunch visit, we had a carafe of the house white and a carafe of the house red. The white is a unoaked chardonnay, light and easy drinking. The red is a cabernet, medium bodied, and was perfect with our roast!
Clearly the menu is French as is the chef here at Le Petit Cochon. It was formerly Tribes Restaurant and they decided to do it over, and with a full decor makeover, embraced their French roots creating an entirely French menu. Sometimes I find this traditional kind of French food to be very heavy, with lots of sauces and just not my thing. But here its a lighter take on that style of cooking and food and one I really like.
From what we saw on our visits, Le Petit Cochon has a loyal local following. Lots of people were making bookings for the following week and so on and seemed to be known. There were other tables like us though, just passing through and enjoying some nice food. Its reasonably out of the way place for us to get to, but worth the trip I think. I know we will be back.
Le Petit Cochon | 57A Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co Dublin | (01) 236 59 71 | firstname.lastname@example.org