Monday, 6 May 2013

ROLY'S BISTRO .... Ballsbridge. Dublin 4, @rolysbistro

 "Roly's Restaurant" in Ballsbridge has been one of the most popular landmark in Dublin 4 since the 1990's . Within easy walking distance from the RDS and Herbert park , this is the ideal place for lunch or a relaxed dinner date in the evening  or a family's celebration .
While the Upstairs restaurant  offers  an A la carte Menu and great selection of wines , The Café & Bakery downstairs offers a more casual dining alternative , from Breakfast to Fresh breads and a mouth watering selection of Cakes  & Desserts .
With a firm philosophy , of carefully sourced local ingredients as the  sound foundation of cooking  , a reasonably priced seasonal Menu , Classic dishes , friendly , buzzy and welcoming ambiance , Roly's Bistro is a firm favourite in my household .
Deep banquettes , Crisp white linen table cloths , Fresh flowers  , Beautiful prints and the glorious golden yellow painted walls , the restaurant exudes Old French Style Chic .

We opted for the 3 Course Lunch Menu @ €23.95 , inclusive of Tea / Coffee .

Roly's Prawn Bisque , one of their signature dish didn't disappoint . Full of flavours of the sea with a little hint of cognac . It was fantastically light , and along with some Tomato and Fennel Bread & good country butter , it went down a treat .

Braised Wild Field Mushrooms  sat on a slice of crusty sourdough bread and lounging on top,  a generous tranche of Parma ham . Baby spinach leaves , freshly grated Parmesan and  Hazelnut mayonnaise completed the whole ensemble . And very tasty it was too .

Our mains of A Confit of Duck Leg  , garlic & rosemary creamed potatoes , red wine jus . This was a simple enough dish but well put together and beautifully cooked . The rich flavours of the duck worked magically with the creamed potatoes . A very satisfying dish .

Beef and Guinness Pie was also a  well executed dish . No lumpy gravy or fatty cuts of meat here , instead tender pieces of slow cooked beef , in a rich sauce along with  chunks of carrots and pearly onions . A lid of crisp puff pastry was ideal to soak up the flavoursome gravy .

A small crisp Side Salad of mixed leaves and frisée was uncomplicated & lightly coated in a herbed vinaigrette .

We undoubtedly should have finished off our meal on a lighter note but we were in the mood for something moreish and indulgent , so our choice of Raspberry Cheesecake & Vanilla cream

and a Warm Pear & Almond tart , Vanilla creme anglaise and ice cream

 beckoned and  didn't disappoint Roly's reputation for great cakes . Both were to die for  . Delicieux.... et je ne regrette rien !!!

I highly recommend Rolys  for a relaxed meal , where delightful staff , tasty food will ensure " Une bonne Soirée "

Roly's Bistro
7, Ballsbridge terrace
Dublin 4.

Tel : 01 6682611

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