With an afternoon off work, and fancying a nice lunch with a glass or two of wine, we headed into town, with WILDE in The Westbury Hotel our destination. We didn’t book as it was a weekday and we were also a little later than lunchtime. When you enter the hotel, just off the lobby you will find WILDE. A beautiful space, lots of greenery, with a relaxed yet luxe feeling. We took a table in the window, this part of the restaurant has an almost ‘conservatory’ style about it, but a very fancy luxury vintage conservatory it is!
The a la carte menu starts with oysters, starters such as burrata and seared tuna, salads, steak, burgers, seafood and there’s daily specials too. Plenty to choose from here. To start I chose the Heirloom Beetroot Salad with figs, truffle honey & goats cheese (€12) and for him, Irish Smoked and Cured Salmon with caper berries (€14).
I adore beetroot and this dish was perfect, the combination of beetroot and figs with the hazelnuts and the toasted bread to dip in the goats cheese. His salmon was excellent in taste but a little lacking in presentation or the overall plate, it needed something to lighten and lift it. The cucumber seemed to be just plonked on the salmon, with not near as much thought as the beetroot dish.
Chargrilled Corn-Fed Poussin with garlic aoli (€23) was a perfect main course, and knowing I’d need something with it, I added a side of Cooleeney mac and cheese (€7). What arrived was a huge dish of the most delicious mac and cheese I’ve ever tasted, it was sensational, huge chunks of Cooleeney cheese, a gooey bowl of gorgeousness…
The poussin was topped with leaves, tender and tasty, falling off the bones, with a lovely garlic aioli for dipping. His Hereford Beef Burger & Fries (€22) was polished off and declared a success. There’s a quite significant G&T menu, all paired with tonics and garnishes, but this time, we went for wine. To start, glasses of Chardonnay, Fleur du Cap, 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa (€9 ea.) which i liked so much I had a 2nd glass, while he changed for the mains, choosing a glass of the Chateau Lagrange, Lussac-St.Emilion, 2011, Bordeaux, France (€9.50).
A very enjoyable lunch, good food, wine and service throughout. Our total bill, 2 courses each and 4 glasses of wine came to €114.50 (not including service).