Review on Dax Restaurant
Owner Olivier Meisonnave spent time as restaurant manger of high-ranking Thorntons at the Fitzwilliam Hotel before setting up his own place, so he brings a wealth of hands-on experience to this new venue. He decided to name Dax after his home town in Les Landes, although the place has a more broadly based European feel.
The weekly menu deals in dishes that mix old-school French bourgeois ideas with more contemporary themes. Salad of confit belly pork (from Newbridge, County Kildare) is served with caramelised apples, sautéed scallops appear with hazelnut couscous while pigeon is accompanied by baby onions, bacon, peas and rosemary jus. Desserts are things like coffee bavarois with caramel sauce or iced nougat, and the prime assortment of European and Irish cheeses is well worth investigating.
A tapas menu is available in the open-plan lounge, and 'early bird' deals are worth knowing about (6.00 – 7.00pm Tuesday – Thursday). The uncompromisingly Euro-centric wine list includes 235 bins plus two dozen by the glass, and visitors can call in for a tipple at any time of day.
Modern French / European
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.30 - 2.15pm Tue-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Tue-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express