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Restaurant Review: Corfu in Dublin, Ireland

Before we start, I’ll give myself a slap on the hand for a eating at a Greek restaurant while holidaying in Ireland.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way I’d like to tell you about a really great Greek restaurant in Ireland. In Dublin, to be exact.

However, I will quickly add that we’d set off with full intentions of eating a traditional Irish meal at the Porterhouse Pub in Temple Bar, but it was 8pm on a Friday night in the busiest area of Dublin… As you can imagine, there were no seats and it was packed full of very loud and very merry Irish men. After a full day of sight seeing we decided we’d put our riverdancing skills (hah!) aside for a few hours and instead sit down and unwind with a quiet and relaxing meal.

We wandered the streets looking for inspiration and browsing menus and it wasn’t long before we were greeted by the friendly owner of Corfu, who was standing outside his restaurant on Parliament Street encouraging us to come inside.

Now, I usually don’t allow myself be swayed by people who stand outside their restaurants to lure hungry diners in - we get enough of that on Brick Lane and in China Town in London that I’ve become immune to it - but the owner did offer us a great bargain of €15 each for 3 courses and a glass of wine. And we were tired, hungry and had no idea where we were going or what we were looking for. So we gave in and followed our new friend inside, which immediately felt more like his own home than a restaurant.

For starters, I had a Greek salad which was bursting (so much so that I couldn’t finish it in fear of ruining my main) with all the usual things you’d find in a traditional Greek salad - olives, feta, red onion etc. I'll admit that I wasn't expecting the food to be spectacular, due to the low price, so I was particularly pleased to discover that each vegetable tasted as as if it had been picked fresh that morning. There's nothing worse than a pre-made salad of soggy, wilted lettuce, and thankfully this was far from it.

For my main I went for the chicken breast in a creamy mushroom sauce and swapped the rice for a bowl of chunky chips (hey, don’t judge me - I was on holiday) which the chef was more than happy to oblige me. It’s a simple, common dish but the chicken was nicely cooked and the sauce was rich and creamy. I’d love to know exactly what went into it, because I’ve had cravings for it ever since!

And while the rest of my table ordered icecream for dessert I went for the homemade profiteroles with chocolate mousse. I didn’t have enough room in me to finish them, but they were just as delicious as the first two courses, with roasted nuts and a scoop of vanilla icecream.

The owner who’d lured us in at the beginning was our waiter for the night and he was particularly interested in hearing about our travels, telling us about his family in Greece and asking us how we were enjoying our food. If you’re on a date, or a romantic night out, I could see how this attentiveness could be a bit intrusive but we were on holiday and in high spirits and were more than happy to chat with him. It was actually nice to come across a restaurant owner and his chefs who are passionate about food, people and what they do.

After clearing our dessert plates he offered us a round of Ouzo shots on the house, and then another for the road. We accepted and left full, happy and a little more merry.

We enjoyed our weekend in Dublin, but it’s something we’ll probably never do again - at least not for a very long time. So, it’s a shame that I’ll probably never visit Corfu in Temple Bar again. If I lived in Dublin, I’d definitely be a regular. Instead, I’ll just have to live vicariously through all of you… do go check it out x

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