Healthy eating rarely tastes as good as it does at FARM on Leeson Street, where we enjoyed a great lazy Sunday lunch/dinner recently. We sat by the window in the afternoon sunshine as the restaurant enjoyed a pretty constant flow of people sampling a wide variety of very tasty food. It took us a while to make our choices as we read through some seriously tempting sounding dishes on the menu while at the same time keeping an eye on the plates coming out of the kitchen to the tables around us. A glass of Prosecco was required for inspiration as we asked the friendly staff to give us "a few more minutes" two or three times before we made our final choices.
Popular dishes are obviously the shoulder of lamb and the fillet steak, and vegetarians are very well catered for with some great looking Quinoa, Cous Cous and Chick Pea cakes in a tomato sauce catching my eye at a table nearby.
We were feeling in a 'fishy' mood and with Whole Black Sole on the Bone being available, I opted for that straight away. To start we shared a great Irish Charcuterie Plate which was a meal in itself. It came on a circular slate and included Farmhouse Cheeses and Artisan Meats with spicy chutney, red onion marmalade, grapes and delicious toasted fruit and nutty bread. We also tried the Yellow Fin Tuna and Sweet Potato Croquette which was delicious served with a chunky Gribiche Sauce. We then went on to try the FARM Fish Pie which is real comfort food (cheese crust on top of the potato topping) served with a zingy salad. Indeed it was very imaginative cooking in each dish, although we were feeling pretty full at that stage.
A short break to sip on a lovely Spanish Verdejo and we moved on bravely to the dessert menu! All desserts are made freshly in-house daily and the Rhubarb Crumble with home-made ice-cream and chef's custard was perfection indeed. Finishing off with good coffee, it was an afternoon of great gastronomy. The ambiance is easy, friendly and bright, decor is cool there is a cosy fire at the back of the room for those chilly winter evenings. There is a good range of menu options, with Brunch being popular at the weekends, lunch and early bird choices and even a Take Away and Children's menu. I liked that there is a buzzer on each table that you are encouraged to press if you want 'anything at all'. We had friendly and attentive service throughout the afternoon, and certainly did not need to use it, but I did think it a novel idea.
Although this was our first visit, FARM is obviously a very popular venue, with a sister restaurant in Dawson Street offering similar fare. It is a great addition to the Dublin dining scene, and we will certainly return to try out some other menu options. Highly recommended by Hotel Reviews Ireland.