9 Tasting Menus In Dublin For When You Want To Dine Like Royalty
For when you're feeling fancyyyy
For those of you who aren't au fait with the tasting menus of the world, they're dishes offered at certain restaurants, consisting of sample portions of several different dishes, served in several courses for a set price.
It's basically a way of getting to taste everything on the menu for a fraction of the price, and still feeling fancy.
They're generally not suitable for parties of eight or more, or for anyone who has any special dietary requirements – but once you fit into those categories, you're up for an incredible decadent treat.
1. Chapter One
We'll start with the big 'un.
Chapter One is one of the very best eateries Dublin has to offer, with Michelin Star-winning chefs fronting the kitchen and menus that will make you swoon with food joy.
On this tasting menu, you can get anything from cured mackerel to Japanese pearl tapioca to Dingle Gin soup. The price is €80, and with accompanying wines is €50.
Yet another dreamy, dreamy haunt for the foodies of the Dublin scene, Thornton's rolls out all the stops for their decadent tasting menu.
Their five-course tasting menu comes in at €95, and boasts everything from roast fillet of Sika deer to Bresse pigeon in hay to blood orange, passionfruit, confit fennel wrapped in white chocolate.
Head chef Kevin Thornton has you spoiled with tasters of all of the best produce Ireland has to offer, as seen by their decadent menu.
3. Sabor Brazil
Sabor Brazil is a beautifully decorated, and unique fine dining Brazilian restaurant on Camden Street. It gives a culinary insight into the different regions of Brazil, focusing on marrying the best of Irish produce, in Brazillian ways.
Their tasting menus come in at €100 a head, and consist of seven non-sharing courses, made up of the finest and tastiest Brazillian dishes.
4. DAX Restaurant
DAX's Surprise Tasting Menu is a little bit different to the rest, and is only available for tables of five people or less.
In here you'll find the best of Irish produce, from meat to fish to vegetables, even mentioning their suppliers on their website. Their seven course surprise tasting menu will cost you €90, with the addition of wine bringing it up to €130.
Boasting both lunch and dinner tasting menus, Brioche in Ranelagh is available to make you feel like royalty, any time of the day. They are one of the only restaurants around which provide a vegetarian tasting menu, for the reasonable price of €55.
Their standard seven–course tasting menu comes in at €65, and includes such delicacies as pan fried scallop and venison loin with beetroot and blackcurrant honey.
Yet another restaurant where you can order a different tasting menu for lunch and for dinner, l'Ecrivian is all about intimate details the chefs have poured into the food.
And, speaking of pouring, their wine list is top-notch – some of the most incredible tastes and flavours from all around the globe. Their tasting menu will set you back €90, and with complimenting wines comes in at €150.
7. The Greenhouse
The Greenhouse has on offer four-course, five-course and six-course tasting menus, with prices set at €76, €79 and €89 respectively.
On Friday and Saturday, the five-course surprise menu is available only.
The additional cheese course is highly recommended, and the staff are willing and able to ask any questions you may have about the menu. Their wine menu is truly extensive, and due to head chef Mickael Viljanen's obsession with flavour distinction, this menu is for the adventurous at heart.
Bang has on offer tasting menus for groups of five, six, seven, eight or ten people, ranging from €69 per person upwards. Their portion sizes are bigger than what you would expect for a tasting menu, but don't think for a second that that means they've scrimped on the flavour.
Distinctive and rich, every aspect of the food and its preparation feels perfectly judged. It's neither fussy nor complicated, just simply prepped to perfection.
9. Restaurant Patrick Guilbard
A mecca for foodies in Ireland, Restaurant Patrick Guilbard is Ireland’s only two Michelin Star restaurant, situated beside the incredible 5* Merrion Hotel.
They have two types of tasting menus on offer: a four-course degustation menu, coming in at €98, and available from Tuesday to Thursday only, and an eight-course degustation menu for €185, available any day before 9pm. They also have wine pairing available, picked carefully by the in-house sommelier.
The menu is impressively thought out, widely expansive and the attention to detail is something that will send you away utterly astounded.