La Mère Zou – Restaurant Français
Last week Patrick and I booked a table at the renowned French Restaurant La Mère Zou in Dublin. We decided to dine mid-week and couldn’t have chosen a better day as the warm evening afforded us the opportunity sit out side and dine al fresco. This is something we are both quite partial to given the right setting and La Mère Zou was just the place. Down the steps to the restaurant and the intimate outdoor dining area was calm yet had that hint of excitement and the hustle and bustle from Stephen’s Green above us. We were glad that all the other diners sat inside and we had this area to ourselves for our date night.
Eric the Owner / Manager greeted us when we arrived and showed us to our table. From observation the passion Eric must have had to open the restaurant over 20 years ago is still there because although he no longer manages the kitchen side of things he is very much hands on, greeting and serving his guests, which was a pleasure to see. We were waited on by Gosia, the Assistant Manager at the restaurant. She was warm, friendly and attentive but not overly so, just the way we like it.
Our dining Experience
For starters we chose one dozen of the Galway Bay Oysters. They were served the way they should be with a simple vinaigrette on a bed of scattered sea salt with lemon wedges. They were delicious and fresh with no sign of the grit that can at times be hidden until you crunch down on it. To compliment them we ordered (and drank) a bottle of the Château Sainte-Marie, Entre-Deux-Mers a tasty wine from the Bordeaux region.
For our main meal, Patrick chose the Rump of Lamb from the ‘Butcher’s Corner’ blackboard. It was also served with a red wine jus, caramalised onions and a healthy portion of potatoes. Not my preferred cut of lamb but Patrick agreed that it had good flavours and enjoyed it.
My heart was set on the Salade Lyonnaise, which consists of frisée lettuce, smoked bacon, potato and a crispy hen’s egg but I wanted to meat it up a bit so asked if they could add some chicken and make it my main meal. My wish was granted without any fuss and the dish was delicious.
The salad was presented beautifully. Elegant strips of cucumber wrapped themselves around each other and acted as a bowl to all the expertly placed fresh goodies of lettuce, bacon and potato inside. These goodies held the foundation for the succulent chicken pieces and the crowning glory, the crispy hen’s egg. Fantastic, and a dish I would certainly recommend, with or without the chicken!
As the evening set in and darkness fell it was time for dessert. Patrick whose favourite dessert of all time is Creme Brulee, naturally ordered the Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee with Coconut Tile. He enjoyed it but wished that it had just been a simple Creme Brulee instead. I tasted it, (how could I not) and I thought it was chocolaty heaven, mouse in texture, rich but yet light. I chose the ‘Tart of the Week’ which was Lemon Tart with Strawberry Sorbet Ice-cream and it was divine. The perfect amount of sweetness to the sourness of the lemon, the base was baked to perfection and it all melted in my mouth. Delicious.
We look forward to returning to La Mère Zou again, but with weather as unpredictable as ours here in Ireland there is no doubt that it will be inside and cosy next time. Our compliments to Head Chef Killian, his brigade and of course to Eric and Gosia.
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