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April 2017, Our lunch experiences
The Westin Dublin opened a new venue at the site of the former Exchange restaurant around 4 weeks ago before our lunch visit.
My fiancé and I decided to give Morelands Grill a try and reserved a table for two during the May Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin, Ireland.
The welcome was warm and the maître d very pleased to have us.
The interior was classic with modern elements and it wasn’t very busy with fellow patrons at the time.
The restaurant was very well branded with M for Morelands Grill on all plates.
We also liked the glass the Kahlua came in. It reminded us of the roaring 20s and 30s, very elegant and beautiful at the same time.
There was a birthday party, another couple and a single female guest having lunch with us.
The staff was attentive, but sometimes had difficulties to understand our accents, which eventually was overcome and we enjoyed their attention to detail and service standards.
We ordered a large bottle of still Acqua Panna water, a Kahlua, Focaccia Crostini with Crottin goats cheese, red onion marmalade and heirloom tomato salsa, red quinoa salad with avocado pear, toasted cashews, tender stem broccoli, overnight tomatoes, virgin olive oil and lemon grapefruit dressing, organic salmon yakitori with spaghetti of vegetables, soy ginger and basmati rice and the potato gnocchi with Piquillo peppers, ovendried tomatoes, tenderstem broccoli, spinach and Parmesan cream. We also shared all three dessert minis (coffee opera gateaux, raspberry macaron and a mini sundae).
The Focaccia Crostini was very strong flavored, felt rustic and served beautifully.
The red quinoa salad was light and delicately flavored, a gorgeous balance of size, taste and presentation.
The salmon was a fusion of Japanese and Thai cuisine, rightly sized and colorful, a memorable lighter dish which was fully enjoyed.
The gnocchi were very lovely and sumptuous, but too large. The dish was influenced by France and Italy.
It would be good, if there would be a half portion available too as traditionally Gnocchi tend to be heavier overall.
The waitress told us the sundae was her favorite. For us it was difficult to decide. The macaron was of very high quality and bursting with flavor. The sundae was very rich and moreish and the coffee opera gateaux flavorful, but not overbearing. The coffee didn’t take over, but offered a good hit. All three had been memorable and beautiful at the same time.
We had green tea and a hot chocolate to accompany our desserts. Service was very attentive and enjoyable throughout our visit.
The value was good at 83 Euro (ca. 90.50 USD).
We will return again in the future at this new venue in the heart of Dublin, Ireland.
Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
Would we want to enjoy lunch/dinner again at this restaurant in our future? YES!