The Picky Eater

by Gazette Reporter

BATH Avenue in Sandymount is a right little mecca for foodies, with numerous stylish eateries having popped up there in the last few years.
On a recent night out, we ate in The Old Spot, which is a gastropub of sorts but they are delivering big on quality, presentation and most importantly, flavours.
Very bad diners that we are, we were running quite late but had called ahead to let the restaurant know. The staff were neither flustered or annoyed by this.
We were shown to our seats and two Basil Sours later, we had settled in for a gregarious night.
The tartness of the lime, mixed with the sweetness of the basil, packed the perfect punch in this cocktail and my husband had to practically be restrained from licking the glass.
For starter, I went for a tuna carpaccio, served with pickles and some guacamole, while my other half went for an old favourite – seared scallops.
The tuna was light and refreshing, seared just the right amount, and the accompanying pickles married the dish together so well, every mouthful was a taste explosion, and actually was set off very well by the Basil Sour.
For mains, we went for something quite spectacular: the 28 Day Dry Aged Cote de Bouef Surf and Turf, with a stunning rocket, parmesan and pear salad side, as well as some sprouting broccoli.
We asked for the beef to be cooked medium, and the cut was certainly that. A beautiful shade of pink sprang from the serving board and we actually did not know where to begin on this exquisite dish.
My husband was right when he said: “That’s too good to spoil with sauces.” The flavours were intense and the beef was melt-in-the-mouth.
I did sample some of the bernaise and horseradish, both of which accompanied the meat beautifully, but this dish was a triumph on its own.
My hubby was hankering after an apple crumble for dessert, but sadly they’d run out so he sampled three flavours of homemade ice cream – gingerbread, roasted banana and Ferrero Rocher.
They had a mascarpone, which had also been scoffed earlier in the night, but the three he chose were superb.
Our lovely waiter recommended a Spanish rioja, which wasn’t too full bodied but accompanied the flavours in the meat with ease.
Staff on the whole are friendly and very attentive, and made our evening out a really fun experience.

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