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Cafe en Seine

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Cafe en Seine
Neil Byrne
39-40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2,

Telephone: +353 (0)1 677-4567

After all the hard work of shopping up and down Grafton Street, Café en Seine was the perfect place for friend Mary and I to grab lunch on a recent day in town. A hotspot ...

Cafe en Seine
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Located across the road from the Mansion House on Dawson Street.

Good to know

Opening Hours:
12pm - close
A La Carte:
Mains €15-€29
Value Menu:
Platter menu/Finger food menu
Sunday Lunch/Brunch:
Children’s Menu:
Number of Covers:
up to 350 seated
Wheelchair Facilities:
Credit Cards:
Private Dining Facilities:
Yes - Pearse Street
Yes - St.Stephen's Green

About The Restaurant

After all the hard work of shopping up and down Grafton Street, Café en Seine was the perfect place for friend Mary and I to grab lunch on a recent day in town. A hotspot at any time of the day, Café en Seine is a treasure trove of great food and drink, with fab French bistro style cuisine and, when it comes to drinks, there’s just so many tempting tonics to choose from.

The décor here is fantastic and reflects the buildings three centuries of Dublin history, from holding French prisoners in the late 18th century, to its time as a high class bordello with a clientele that included King George IV, to being a doctor’s surgery, a bicycle and an automobile showroom in the modern day. With a rich gold ceiling and fab stained glass windows on the ceiling above their expansive bar, fantastic dangling light fixtures, tasteful leather seating and beautiful textured wallpapers, Café en Seine is a very special place indeed.

On our lunchtime visit, starters included an Atlantic seafood chowder with homemade soda bread; a chicken & berry salad with toasted almonds, feta and a mint lime dressing; and a warm squid salad with mango, avocado and lime dressing. Mary decided to try a Cajun sweet potato tart, which had the perfect touch of spice and arrived with chickpeas, mint and a sour cream dressing. I had a good hard look at the roasted beetroot & carrot salad on the menu, but in the end I decided I was in the mood for their hot n’ spicy chicken wings, which were, as they say, finger lickin’ good with cucumber and a blue cheese mayo.

For the mains, there were dishes like penne pasta with roasted asparagus, spinach, Parmesan and balsamic butter; their café burger of Irish beef served with bacon, smoked cheddar aioli and chunky chips; or a steak sandwich with cheddar, crispy onions and chips. I quite fancied the confit duck leg, which didn’t fail to please. It was succulent and full-flavoured and came with a tasty side of spicy chorizo mash, crispy onions and a Port jus. Mary went for the Brioche du poulet, a terrific nod to the cuisine of French Louisiana, this tasty baked roll was thoroughly enjoyed along with its Cajun spices, crunchy coleslaw and chunky chips.

With still a little room left on board, we had a look at the desserts which included a 3 scoop selection of ice-cream, as well as a peach cobbler with vanilla bean crème fraiche. However, we decided to order the orange crème brulee and the flourless chocolate fudge cake to share. The cake delivered wonderfully on flavour with some delicious coconut ice-cream and hazelnut dust adding that little bit extra, while the orange brulee was simply to die for between its rich flavour, delicate texture and accompanying chocolate cookies.

Asides from a great lunch and brunch menu, they have a top notch A La Carte menu in the evening with fantastic dishes such as Beef bourguignon and smoked garlic mash; a supreme of chicken with onion mash and smoked bacon cream; or an 8oz fillet of beef with potato gratin, grilled mushrooms, fine green beans and a choice of sauce.

Being that neither of us was the designated driver, and Brendan wasn’t due to collect us for another little while, we happily set upon their great cocktail menu, helping ourselves to a Mai Thai for Mary, an Espresso Martini for me, and eventually a shared Elderflower Collins, whilst we waited for Jeeves to arrive!

Café en Seine is simply a great place to spend an afternoon, evening or night. Check it out today!

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