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Our Latest Great Place To Eat - The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Nowadays, Department Stores in major cities have moved on to being the locations of some very cool and chic eateries with many involving the de rigueur celebrity chef. Brown Thomas is, of course, regarded as Dublin’s poshest shopping destination and, after various restaurant incarnations on their third floor, they have now very definitely followed this trend moving their dining option up a significant notch, both in the service element and in their food offering, with a menu inspired by Patrick Guilbaud of the eponymous 2 Star Michelin Restaurant. I did wonder initially would The Restaurant be too posh to push with an intimidating amount of French frippery but, in fact, it is a very well chosen menu with something for everyone, served in a more formal but very pleasant atmosphere.

Sunday brunch seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a whirl and, following a little bit of retail therapy, I headed up the escalator to meet friend Paul on the third floor. We kicked off with natural cold pressed juices; a ginger tonic number for me and an Enerjuice for Paul, incorporating about seven different healthy vegetables. The Brunch section of the menu had a Franco New York vibe with breakfast style oeuffy offerings covering a wide range of mouthwatering dishes like a beef fillet minute steak with poached eggs and hollandaise on toasted brioche, American style pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup and the universally popular Eggs Benedict. Moving back this side of the Atlantic there is an Alsace omelette with Alsace bacon and vintage cheddar, an oak-smoked salmon omelette and the full Irish, by any other name, incorporating Tipperary bacon and an Irish pork sausage.

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