Having been to Matt the Thresher a few times, we returned again a couple of weeks ago, with my parents, for a mid week dinner & catch up before they headed away on holidays. Luckily we had a table booked as the place was busy enough, we had a nice circular booth in the middle of the main floor area. Matt the Thresher calls itself a bar & seafood restaurant, probably its more gastropub than restaurant… the space feels light and airy while still retaining a warmth with the lighting, fireplace and muted colours throughout.
Seafood and shellfish is the thing here and dominates the menu, although there are plenty of other options on the menu including steaks, bangers & mash, a beef & Guinness pie… However for me I wouldn’t even look at this part of the menu, all about the fish!
What I like about Matt the Thresher is the good quality seasonal ingredients in the freshest of seafood and shellfish.
We shared a starter of Sautéed Prawn Tails in White Wine, Chilli, Garlic & Herb (€16.95) – this is a main dish so perfect as a starter for 2 or 3…
There were 2 other starters – Roaring Water Bay Mussels (€8.94) and a Dublin Bay prawn cocktail with langoustines (€13.95).
The prawns were delicious, really tasty – the sauce was the perfect balance of garlicness with the heat of chilli – I’d happily have this again! The mussels were very good although some were quite small. The prawn cocktail served in the traditional martini style glass was also excellent, such pretty presentation too (the photo doesn’t do it justice!). There was meant to be a garlic bread with the mussels but we requested regular toasted bread instead, this didn’t arrive though so we had to ask again, it finally arrived right when we were finishing up the starters.
Onto the mains, 3 of us ordered the lobster special (€21.95), half a lobster served cold with crab on top and a salad. A couple of sides of chips to accompany it. The other main was one of the fish specials that day, Turbot (€28.95). Both dishes were hard to fault, fresh seafood, great tasting…I just love lobster and will always order it on a menu, the necessary tools came with the dish so you can scoop out all the lovely lobster hidden deep inside!
After all of that food, there was no room for dessert! We had enjoyed a bottle of Saint Veran (€44.50) and a bottle of Zinfandel (€26.50) with our meal. The wine list is pretty decent, good choices at different price points, and there’s also a full bar – beers, spirits (including a good choice in Gin which is always nice to see!). Our total bill came to €224.70 for the 4 of us, this also included a pre-dinner drink.
One gripe – on the evening we visited was that our table was an early one, 6.30pm. Only when we left and walked outside did I see this board advertising their early evening menu…we weren’t offered this menu and actually didn’t know they had one. It’s disappointing to see that happen, if the menu is available, it should be offered, and likely a couple of us would have gone for this menu as price wise its quite attractive for what is on the menu (starters including mussels, chowder, salad and mains including pan-fried catch of the day, fish pie, prawns, bangers & mash).
Matt the Thresher is a good spot, there’s no doubt it is on the pricey side for what in all senses appears to be a casual dining experience but the quality is there. Service can be a little hit and miss, slow at times, but the waiting staff are generally friendly and knowledgeable. Overall Matt the Thresher is a place we return to from time to time and we will continue to do so. I prefer going with a few people, family or friends rather than just a 2. Although if its just the 2 of us its nice to sit at the bar. For sunny days or warmer evenings there’s a nice terrace area to the front also… although coming into winter the inside with fireplace is probably more desirable!
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