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Review: Dinner & Cocktails at The Meeting House

Food plays a HUGE role in my life because I’m not much of a drinker, my social encounters with friends usually take the form of a meal, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.

As it’s human instinct to be a creature of habit, we generally stick with what we know and return to the same places over and over again.

But… because I eat out so often, places get old really quickly and I’m constantly looking for new places to try. I’ve eaten in The Meeting House before, but only for brunch and I was excited to try their evening menu.

Their menu is Tapas inspired, consisting of a wide variety of smaller/starter sized dishes designed for sharing. Unlike most Tapas restaurants that serve traditional spanish cuisine, the Tapas at The Meeting House have an Asian twist and seafood plays a huge role on the menu.

The Meeting House is also renowned for its cocktails and a favourite of mine is the Porn Star Martini, so that was the first thing I ordered the second I sat down! (It was Saturday evening in fairness) It’s made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, passionfruit puree, vanilla sugar and Prosecco.

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If you’re a whiskey fan, perhaps a Teeling Swizzle would be more up your alley.IMG_7111

My friend Nicole accompanied me and between us we ordered 5 dishes and a side of sweet potato.

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As one of our dishes we ordered the Spicy Pork Ribs which were delicious! The pork was so tender it melted off the bone. Served with toasted sesame seeds and sriracha chilli sauce.

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When we initially arrived the waitress gave us some of her recommendations and the Warm Duck Salad was one of them! Glazed Duck breast served with pomegranate, pink grapefruit, cucumber, thai basil, coriander, toasted sesame seeds, red onion, chilli, baby leaves and lime vinaigrette.

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Nicole also ordered the Mini Asian Beef Burgers. Served on steamed coconut buns with relish pickled cucumber, lettuce, crispy onions and wasabi aioli.

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Second to the pork ribs, this Prawn Coconut Curry was my favourite dish. Served with pak choi, water chestnuts, wild mushrooms, peppers, snap peas, lemongrass, ginger, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime, chilli, garlic and coriander in The Meeting House coconut curry sauce.

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The waitress also recommended I try the Tuna Tacos and as a fan of both Tuna and Tacos, I was really excited to try this combination. However, I must mention to you the tuna is served raw. Even though I LOVE sushi, I’m still not a huge fan of raw fish and can’t eat large amounts of it. I tried the Tuna Tacos and I did like them but one for me was enough!

And lastly we had desert. Nicole and I both chose The Meeting House Mini Desserts featuring coconut panna cotta, orange drizzle cake, chocolate truffle and sorbet!

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Needless to say we had a wonderful evening and because the dishes are designed a little smaller, we weren’t absolutely stuffed.

The restaurant is located in Meeting Square right in the heart of Temple Bar and it’s a great spot to hit if you’re planning a night out on the town. It’s in a good location plus the food doesn’t leave you fit for bed so it’s win/win.

Gin N’ Juice also made an appearance right before we left! Fronted by talented songstress Jess Kavanagh, Gin N’ Juice are a four piece band that play old school hip hop, jazz and dance classics!

For more information about The Meeting House, head to their website www.themeetinghouse.ie.