The Greenhouse is a Michelin-starred favourite in Dublin’s city centre, which poses as an ordinary eatery to those not in the know, neighbouring high-street retailers and estate agents alike. Inside, crisp white tablecloths, blooming orchids and turquoise velvet banquettes affirm the restaurant’s high-end status. Sheer curtains have the double purpose of sheltering guests from the city hubbub and filtering natural light into the intimate dining room. Minutes from the Irish Parliament, the elegant restaurant appeals to suit-and-tie guests along with those wanting to celebrate special occasions.
The Greenhouse exclusively offers set menus underpinned by Irish ingredients, with limited yet impressive choices. The foie gras royale with granny smith apple and smoked eel is a perennial favourite amongst critics and loyal guests. Elsewhere, hand-dived scallops are matched with oysters and caviar for a sublime seafood main and grouse is given a fruity touch with the addition of blackcurrant. Tulameen raspberries top a tart with hints of pistachio and peach for dessert. The never-ending wine list doesn’t miss a beat, accompanied by a shorter selection of sommelier-recommended labels and a fine list of Irish whiskies on the menu.
The kitchen’s attention to detail is evident from the intricate presentation of the small-scale dishes. Expect waiters to arrive at your table with a teapot of truffle jus or a theatrical dish in full smoke – the tableware further contributes to the first-class presentation, with marble slabs and smooth speckled plates chosen to complement each creation.
Dust off your best attire and head to The Greenhouse for five-star hospitality and ambitious contemporary Irish cuisine which does not falter.