What could be better that a convivial Sunday Brunch? How about a convivial Sunday Brunch with great live Jazz? That is just what three of us had on our first visit when we went off to sample the extensive menu on offer at Dublin's Brasserie Sixty6. Since then it has become one of our favourite eateries in the city,the food is consistently good, the service is great, and they have regular super value offers.
Believing that a proper Sunday Brunch menu has to cater for many tastes, from the morning-after-the-night-before carb fest to the salads/roasts/fish/sandwich/eggy dishes/steaks/pancakes and desserts etc., it can be a tall order to deliver. We settled into our booth listening to the wonderful music from Patrick Collins (www.cafeorchestra.com) and sipped a Mimosa cocktail while checking out the food and ambiance. So far so great.
Service was friendly and attentive and we were given some delicious sweet cinammon bread while we decided on our orders. It was Chicken Skewers marinated in yoghurt, cumin and chilli for himself; Crispy Calamari with sweet curry and corriander ailoi for herself, and a platter of Hummus, Taboulleh and Tapenade for me. We shared and tasted everything, all got the thumbs up with the Calamari coming in for particular acclaim. Our only 'complaint' was that the portions were too generous!
Then it was on to the Sixty6 Omellete for me which came with bacon, feta and olives - delicious. Chargrilled Sirloin with poached eggs and potato and leek hash for himself; while the lady tucked into a steak ciabatta with blue cheese, onion marmalade, dijonasie, salad and a cup of soup. Plates were cleared and everything tasted so freshly made and packed full of flavourful herbs and spices. It came as no surprise to learn that super chef Dylan McGrath (Rustic Stone) has an input into the menus here.
The other two bravely soldiered on to the dessert menu with a Chocolate Brownie for herself, while he tried the Eaton Mess. Meanwhile, I sampled a delicious Almond Liquer coffee. The wine menu is well chosen and priced, there is also an extensive beer menu and plenty of choice of cocktails and liquer coffee. Pretty good choices allround then. It was no wonder that we spent a large part of our Sunday there and enjoyed every minute of it. I would certainly go back, I had a peep at the dinner menus and these too were tempting. There is a veryy good 3 course menu for €33 as well as extensive A La Carte options.
Brasserie Sixty6 have certainly caught the spirit of the times with immaginative food at very affordable prices. The restaurant is large, it can cater for 200 people, it is perfect for parties and is laid out so it can comfortabley accommodate both large and small groups.
Check it out at www.brasseriesixty6.com