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The Greenhouse

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The Greenhouse
Eamonn O'Reilly - Chef Mickael Viljanen
Joshua House, 20 Dawson Street, Dublin 2,
Co.Dublin

Telephone: +353 (1) 676-7015
Email: info@thegreenhouserestaurant.ie
Web: thegreenhouserestaurant.ie

Long long ago the legendary Dick Whittington left his rural homestead for London, with his cat, to make his fortune and ended up becoming the City’s Lord Mayor.  I don...

The Greenhouse
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How to get there

On the right hand side coming down Dawson Streets one way system from St. Stephen's Green. Just before the Mansion House.

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Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch: 12.00 - 14.15
Dinner: 18.00 - 22.15
Cuisine: Contemporary
Tasting Menus:
7-course €78
5-course €68
Matching Wines €45/€35
Set Dinner:
3-course €56
2-course €45
Lunch:
2/3 Course €25/€35
5 Course Surprise Tasting Menu €55
Matching Wines €35
Children’s Menu: No
Number of Covers: 40
Credit Cards: Yes
Wifi: Yes

About The Restaurant

Long long ago the legendary Dick Whittington left his rural homestead for London, with his cat, to make his fortune and ended up becoming the City’s Lord Mayor.  I don’t know whether Finnish chef Mikael Viljanen has a cat, or whether he wants to be Lord Mayor of Dublin, but he has left his former employ in Co. Clare for the bright lights of Dublin setting up right next door to the Mansion House! 

Viljanen is working now with Eamonn O’Reilly, whom I believe to be one of the best chef restaurateurs in the country, with his One Pico restaurant in Schoolhouse Lane and Box Tree restaurant and gastropub in Stepaside.  O’Reilly has ingeniously created a chic bijou like ambiance and service, in his former Bleu Bistro on Dawson Street, from which Viljanen can further blossom and showcase his talents.  

The Greenhouse offers two Tasting Menus – 5 course at €68 and 7 courses at €78 but ingeniously, for what I would call the normal frequent diner, there is a Set Dinner Menu option with 2 courses at €45 or 3 courses at €56, with a choice of 2 starters, mains, and puddings.  Having had Viljanen’s food before, and in the interests of the experience, we opted for the 7 Course Tasting Menu at €78.  Matching wines were available at €35/€45 of which we didn’t avail.   It used to be all about tall food but nowadays it is all about beautiful food artfully arranged with wild flower and elements of nature interspersed.  From the moment the dining experience commenced, with a canape brace of mini green apple meringues filled with creamy herring roe and tweaked with powdered bacon fat, we were led through a veritable archipelago of sensory flavours, colours and palettes, through the zeniths of sweet sour citrus zings, to the rich woodiness of earthy flavours, and on to the sweet heavenly delights of ethereal treats that landed us gently, after a vast foodie experience, not feeling heavy or bloated.  This is the art of a good Tasting Menu.

An amuse bouche had a white ceramic ‘duck’s foot’ holding an eggshell filled with Parmesan croustade, into which was poured a mushroom sabayon.  Foie Gras Royale in a glass had a total surprise frozen apple sorbet element leading through to the lush richness of the foie gras parfait.   Next up was a square of roasted mackerel alongside a slim tube of veal tongue and eel cannelloni, dotted with avocado cream, slivers of radish, and raisin dressing.  This was followed by celeriac baked in rye, surrounded by Cherry Valley duck hearts, truffle, milk solids, hazelnut and sorrel.  Pollock had brown shrimp, wild garlic, confit egg yolk, crispy ink and malted chicken jus, and was the fish course.  Rare Wicklow lamb was paired with sweetbreads, liquorice, dried sweet organic carrots, olive, date dill and vinegar.  After this, a fresh aromatic dish with rhubarb, rose water, celery, white chocolate and milk, had me wanting to lick the dish like a child.  Yet more was to come with an enormous palate of orange colours drifting sublimely through sea buckthorn, passion fruit, coconut, and coffee caramel.  Petit Fours had apple and hazelnut lollipops, eucalyptus chocolate morsels, white chocolate and potato macaroon.  Beautiful Nordic style crispbreads, and rye breads also featured.  <ep>

The Greenhouse is the significant restaurant opening of the year and it is a veritable treat.  When I think of some of the ‘hip’ places I have come out of recently with ridiculous bills it made the skill expertise and dining experience we had seem like a total snip.    They also do a 2-3 course lunch menu at €25/€30 as well as a 5-course lunchtime surprise Tasting Menu at €55.

 

Our bill with a glass each of Baumard Coteaux du Layon 2007 (€8 ea) and Dionisio Ruiz Ijalba 2009 (€9 ea), optional service and one espresso (€4.50) came to €214.50.

It was the first night and Chef Viljanen was at the door on departure.  “Was it ok?” he asked earnestly.  I can say now “Yes Chef – it was more than ok.  It was bloody marvelous.”

 

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