Dublin Eats - The Michelin Starred Experience at Thornton's

After seeing Kevin Thornton's talk at TEDx Dublin, we decided to try his Michelin starred namesake restaurant for our 17th wedding anniversary.  The restaurant is tucked away on an upper floor in the Fitzwilliam Hotel along St. Stephen's Green in Dublin City Centre.
The decor had a minimalist feel and featured local and natural elements which are the hallmarks of Chef Thornton's food philosophy.
The butter that accompanied our warm fresh rolls sat on a polished gray stone.
We opted for the 5 course tasting menu and wine pairings which included this beef carpaccio amuse bouche.
A seafood ceviche followed.
The dishes from the published menu started with this delightful scallop.
Generous pourings of perfectly paired wines accompanied each dish.
Our next course involved fois gras served two ways.
A hazelnut with caramelized curly-cue accented the dish.
While waiting for our next course, we looked out the window and watched people running for the LUAS.
A small morsel of fish was served with flair by the chef himself with a lemongrass infused consomme that was smoking with dry ice.
Our wine pairings were predominantly whites but for the next dish we switched to red.
We were presented with partridge smoked over Tipperary hay.
While the dish was cooking, we were served a bit of egg in the shell.
The cooked partridge looked like this when it was served.
Our final dessert course was served with a sweet dessert wine.
We were full to nearly bursting at the end of the meal but still found room for the platter of chocolates congratulating us on our anniversary.
The bill was served in a card featuring Chef Thornton's artwork.
By the time we'd finished our meal and settled up, we were the last ones there.
Great stuff...  The meal itself was probably the most expensive I've ever had (over 150 EUR per person with the wine pairings) but it's pretty reasonable for a Michelin starred place and good value for a special occasion splurge.

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