The décor may stray into traditional pub territory but the food at Le Bon Crubeen is very much brasserie fare. With its mix of bar stools, comfy booths, engraved glass panels, leather armchairs and parquet and tiled floors, it’s a well-lit space with plenty of room between the tables.
A long bar dominates the space making it a decidedly casual dining room and its location, close to theatres and on the Luas line serving the O2 at The Point, makes the early dinner menu especially attractive. At the other end of the dining spectrum, Le Jazz Supper offers a late night menu on Saturday nights.
Chef Stefan de Graaf's menus feature a great choice; a starter of chicken liver parfait with apple chutney, brioche and baby leaves or main like dry aged beef fillet with duck fat chips, green beans and excellent béarnaise sauce highlight an understanding of the classics, and there is something for every taste.
With many of the main courses averaging €17-18 the value is outstanding for the level of care taken in the kitchen. This Dublin Restaruants menus include vegetarian and coeliac (gluten free) dishes, also some welcome healthy options, such as low-calorie lunch special.
The wine list is carefully chosen to offer quality with value –scarcely a bottle tops the €35 mark and it features 16 wines by the glass from an interesting selection of regions. Favourites like panna cotta feature on the dessert menu, and an unusual alternative to a cheese plate is a Roquefort, gorgonzola and celery terrine
with quince and crackers.
Best of all, portions are generous and manager Mark Adam’s team of staff are courteous, ensuring that you’ll leave Le Bon Crubeen as a satisfied customer – and one who will soon want to return, as they’re probably offering the best value in town.