The Picky Eater

by Gazette Reporter
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TABLE SIX, a recent addition to Templeogue village, specialises in European food with Middle-Eastern influences. A bite there recently was the perfect way to warm up a miserable Thursday evening.
This restaurant is run by the same people who manage Umi Falafel on Dame Street – so we were expecting good things.
It was quiet on the night we dined, but the owners said that was because it was bucketing down outside.
So, a miserable evening to venture out, but still, the vibe was relaxed and warm with pleasant background music playing at a respectable volume.
Nothing irks me more than blaring restaurant music. (Even worse: when there is nothing going on in the background and you have to whisper in hushed tones.) Smooth jazz was conducive to a good chat.
I started with smoked chicken wings, in a mango habanero sauce (€6.50). This was a really spicy dish and the wings were perfectly cooked and came in a dense fog of smoke, covered in a glass dome.
A little bit of theatre is always appreciated, as long as the food stands up to the theatrics. This dish did.
My husband’s scallops (€8.50) came with salsa verde mayo, mini broccoli and cauliflower, crispy pancetta and micro leaves and were nicely cooked, although he thought the dish could have been a little warmer.
For the main course, I went for the 8oz fillet steak (€27), chargrilled. It also came with sauteed mushrooms, grilled asparagus and sweet potato chips. It was perfectly cooked to my specification – medium rare.
My husband’s Guinness-braised short ribs (€16.50) came with green beans and crushed sweet potato.
Slow-cooked served on the bone, with a subtle hint of Dublin’s most famous export, the ribs were tender, succulent and fell off the bone with the merest effort.
An outer layer of crispy fat only added to what was a very full flavour, which pleased his inner carnivore!
For dessert, a lemon posset hit the right note, and was light after a fairly filling meal.
A glass of house white and red were fine, but I prefer a little more choice than the ubiquitous pinot grigio or merlot and, these days, restaurants who line up a good selection of wines by the glass get my vote.
This place has the makings of a great neighbourhood bistro, but is also worth the journey if you live outside Dublin 6W.

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