A trip to The Greenhouse is a guaranteed treat. The elegant room might be small and understated, but it proves the perfect setting for a theatrical lunch or dinner that is pure pleasure from amuse bouche to petit four.
The genius behind this Dublin Restaurants cooking is Mickael Viljanen, a Finnish chef who made his name at Gregan’s Castle in the Burren, before top chef-restaurateur Eamonn O’Reilly (of One Pico) lured him to the capital. Here he single-handedly put Dawson Street on the gourmet map, wowing critics and the public with his daring, beautiful dishes that celebrate the seasons with panache.
Lunch offers some of the best value in town, with two-course at €29 and 3 for €32 (though if you’re lucky enough to have the afternoon free try the 5-course tasting menu for €55). This may seem pricey but it’s not: you’ll be served the finest ingredients, the most mouth-watering flavours, the most unexpected combinations, with impeccable service, and you will easily recall the pleasures of dining here for months afterwards.
Dinner choices include a set menu for €65 or a six-course tasting menu, although on Friday and Saturday nights it’s surprises all round as the only menu available is a five-course surprise tasting menu for €75.
Whether you go à la carte or not, every morsel is a delightful surprise. Each dish is served on beautiful bespoke pottery, chosen to enhance the aesthetic of the ingredients.
When you start with bite-sized treats, like a vibrant pink beetroot meringue with horseradish crème fraiche and trout roe that prove a glorious burst of earthiness, or a parmasen malt vinegar crisp that’s sublimely moreish, you’ll realise you’re in for one outstanding dining experience.
Happily, neither the kitchen nor front of house will let you down. From engaging service by warm, polished staff, to a stellar wine experience (there are good value choices as well as big hitters and the option to order matching wines with each menu) you’ll feel suitably pampered. Of course, it’s the stunning food that will steal the show and you’ll find yourself marvel at the unusual ingredients, the clever presentation and the perfect harmony on each plate.
In short, The GreenHouse will deliver one of Ireland’s finest culinary experiences.