A Posh Dinner at Olivier's

To celebrate our one year anniversary of living in Dublin, we decided to go for a posh dinner at Olivier's.  The restaurant is located in the Schoolhouse Hotel in Ballsbridge.  We felt better about treating ourselves to a fancy meal thanks to a deal from Living Social.  We received a voucher worth 90 euros for only 45 euros.

Before we even ordered, the waiter brought us not one, but two, amuse-bouche.  The first was a tempura prawn with olive oil dipping sauce.
The second was a pesto mousse and scallop which combined a nice bit of salty flavor with the basil and seafood.
The sommelier recommended a light red wine to go with our entrees.  It was soft, fruity, and the perfect accompaniment to our chicken and fish main courses.
Before we got that far, there was a palate cleanser of iced apples in lemon juice.
The chicken supreme was served in a decorative metal pan.
The sole stuffed with cabbage was also presented with a flourish.  The meal was French inspired but made with fresh Irish ingredients.
We couldn't resist a bit of dessert.
While waiting for our dessert order to arrive, they brought us yet another tidbit to sample.  This time it was a buttery crumble.
My dessert was a molten dark chocolate cake with toffee fondant and vanilla ice cream.  Very decadent!
Our second dessert was a mixture of berries in jelly and sorbet with a lemonade cocktail on the side.  It was a nice contrast to the chocolate.
Olivier's is known for Irish coffee served table side.  We couldn't resist giving it a try.  Sugar was mixed with whiskey and then flamed for a moment to burn off some of the alcohol and caramelize the sugar.  Coffee was mixed in and then a layer of cold cream was placed on top with a bit of chocolate decoration.
The hot coffee tasted amazing when sipped through the cold cream.
We thought we were finished...but not quite.  Our waiter brought out a selection of chocolates and mini-madelines to complete the meal.  We discovered that the chocolate cups were topped with Pop Rocks.
While we certainly couldn't eat like this every day, we enjoyed the amazing leisurely gourmet experience at Olivier's.  Well done.

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