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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Merrion Hotel, 21 Upper Merrion Street, DUBLIN 2, Co Dublin, ROI,

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The elegant Merrion Hotel has been home to Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud since the late 1990s, but this grande dame of the Dublin dining scene first opened at a different address in 1981. Admirable longevity indeed, but perhaps the most remarkable thing is that the winning team of Patrick and his head chef, Guillaume Lebrun, have been running the place that entire time. Restaurant manager Stéphane Robin has been here since 1986. This dedication and consistency is reflected in every element of this business, from the supply lines bringing the country's best produce to the doorstep, the professionalism and charm of the service, and the pin-sharp contemporary French cooking on offer. It all takes places in a well-dressed space with bold modern artworks and a colourful carpet which is a work of art itself. The kitchen's output keeps faith with many of the constructs of classic French cooking, but there's nothing dated about it, and the food is captivating, contemporary and creative. Pan-roasted duck foie gras arrives with pineapple to cut through its splendid richness, and dark rum caramel to take it to another level, while another starter brings together fabulous Castletownbere scallops with a zesty fennel escabèche and spicy guacamole. Among main courses, turbot arrives in another inspired dish, poached in aromatic milk, with yuzu hollandaise, or go for a meat option such as mellow spiced Wicklow lamb with Basque pepper stew and bergamot condiment. Grand Marnier soufflé is a suitably inspiring and Gallic finale. The wine list covers the whole world while ensuring that France stays centre stage.

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Tel: 01 6764192
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 25 Dec, 1st wk Jan

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Guillaume Lebrun
Number of seats: 80
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 6
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin


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Opposite government buildings, next to Merrion Hotel
Nearest station: Pearse Street

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