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French Table, The

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French Table, The
Thomas & Deirdre Fialon
1 Steamboat Quay, Limerick,

Telephone: 061 609274

I am very partial to French food and once I get a whisper of a new French eatery I am off like a shot – any excuse. There is just something about French food that the Frenc...

French Table, The
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Opening hours:
Lunch Tuesday - Friday 12.00pm - 3.00pm dinner Tuesday - Saturday From 6.00pm
A La Carte:
€15.50 - €26.00
Table d'Hote
Early Bird
Value Meal
Sunday Lunch
Children's Menu
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About The Restaurant

I am very partial to French food and once I get a whisper of a new French eatery I am off like a shot – any excuse. There is just something about French food that the French do simply even if they were standing on their hands. It is all just so natural to them. The denizens of Limerick are lucky to have The French Table at the heart of their dining repertoire. It is a lovely smart contemporary restaurant on Steamboat Quay overlooking the River Shannon. Thomas Fialon was born in Strasbourg in the French Alsace which also adds a unique aspect to his culinary skills and I don’t believe we have very many chefs from that region working in Ireland. He has also worked in restaurants all over France, Switzerland and in Ireland. His wife, Deirdre, is Irish, she was born in County Limerick, hence their spotting the need for a good French Restaurant in Limerick. Prices are very practical and indeed attractive. Thomas serves Toulouse Sausage and wild mushrooms with a smoked garlic dressing, whilst he makes a Tartare of Smoked Salmon dressed with virgin olive oil and Crème Fraiche. You can indulge in a delicious Foie Gras Terrine with red onion marmalade and toasted brioche at prices you would never see in Dublin. Likewise with Escargots in garlic and herb butter. There is also a lovely cassolette of pan seared prawns flavoured with lemon butter. Main courses offer a great variety. Grilled loin of veal is with a tomato and basil compote, red wine jus whilst for real Francophiles braised farmed rabbit is in a mustard and white wine cream sauce. Crisphy lamb shoulder and grilled lamb cutlets are delicious served with a tomato and herb butter whilst the old favourite confit of duck leg is flavoured with garlic and thyme and served with creamed potato. For the fishophile there is an elegant trio of fish and shellfish with fresh herbs and a Champagne beurre blanc, and there is also tournedos of salmon wrapped in Parma ham. Vegetarians too are catered for with a lightly spiced cous cous with Provencal vegetables and dressed garden leaves or alternatively there is a crispy potato rosti dish with Camembert cheese and wild mushrooms. If you have a sweet tooth you will adore the desserts – chocolate mousse and Chantilly cream, Crème Brulee, Pear and Almond Tart, but if you want to experience something different try the orange flavoured Craqueline which is a Belgian brioche speciality which is to die for. Oh, and another treat, they do gorgeous crepes with chocolate sauce and vanilla icecream, or berries and Chantilly cream, or just plain like momma makes with sugar and lime juice. The wine list is French, well considered and well balanced with a selection by the glass as well as half bottles, and ample wines for the connosseur. You can have Lanson Black Label Champagne by the glass, half bottle or bottle, reasonably priced, or you can blow the Bank with Dom Perignon Vintage 1999. Be it lunch or dinner, just sit back and look through the calming Plantation blinds at the waters of the Shannon rippling mightily by. I could sit there all day.

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