La Maison is a bastion of French fun and flair in the middle of Dublin city.
The décor, the menu and the cooking at this Dublin restaurants so authentic that you’ll find yourself transported to France where dozens of great neighbourhood bistros, just like this one, thrive.
Cooking is done by the talented Olivier Quenet, a Breton whose training in Michelin-starred kitchens is channelled into creating confident Gallic classics. Expect the nation’s favourites: French onion soup, escargots laced with garlic butter, coquilles St Jacques, coq au vin, pot au feu and tarte tatin. Most are very well executed and the reason this buzzy spot is so popular. (Helpfully, the menu details potential allergens in each dish.)
There’s a small terrace outside, in this pedestrian zone, which is heated in winter and great for people watching in summer or enjoying a glass of wine and some olives or pate. Inside, the tiny ground floor dining room packs in tables, with more room, and better acoustics, upstairs, in a lovely high-ceilinged dining room where red leather banquettes, colourful vintage posters and large windows set a decidedly continental tone.
Expect an interesting wine menu – all French – including a good selection by the glass. Service is brisk but helpful and it reservations are recommended in the evenings.
Families may be surprised by the charming kids menu too, with French family favourites at €6. The all day à la carte menu makes it a great option if you’ve missed lunch service elsewhere.
La Maison offers an authentic experience at affordable prices. Not just worth a visit but a detour.