The Ormond Wine Bar
September 7, 2010
The latest face on the Irish foodie horizon is The Ormond Wine Bar, the brainchild of Michael Smith, editor in chief of The Village magazine. It’s a topsy-turvy dining experience, with its hits (cozy yet spacious decor, live lounge music, a limited but accommodating menu) and misses (Its waiting staff.)
We opted for one of the alcoves off to the side, hoping to escape a remarkably loud group of women, who overpowered that evening’s entertainment and our waitress who paid us little more than lip service and walked off in the middle of my order. I had to fetch the condiments myself and was peeved when she kept our change. The brass would eventually have made its way into her pocket but it would have been more polite to wait, especially since she had neglected to inform us that the kitchen was closed and there would be no sweets for me or my sweet.
If they were anything like the main or starter they would have been delicious. We split the Tuna carpaccio with soy and ginger dressing (€5.95) and the spicy lamb meatballs and tzatziki sauce (€4.50) for starters. Delightful, although both needed more dressing and sauce.
Then came the chicken roulade stuffed with sundried tomatoes, spinach and pine nuts (€13.00), which melted in my mouth. It was topped by the 8oz rib-eye steak served with roast baby potatoes and a béarnaise sauce (€16.50) which looked as good as it tasted, the sound of the squawking sea gulls banished by the aria being sung by the appreciative angels in my stomach.
Which made the lack of desert all the more frustrating. But fine food trumps fried patience and while poor waiting staff come and go, cheap, tasty nosh in genuinely atmospheric surroundings should be clung to for dear life.
The Ormond Wine Bar, 6 Ormond Quay Upr, City Centre North
Opening Hours Tues-Sat 12pm-3pm and Dinner 6pm-10pm