Last week I was one of a group of about ten ‘big’ and ‘super’ Zomato foodies who dined at San Lorenzo’s, Italian Restaurant. I can’t speak for everyone but the feedback from my dining partners as I left with a full belly and pep in my step was that of foodie happiness.
Located in one of the most happening areas in Dublin City and only open a couple of weeks after a successful revamp, the restaurant was full when our group was complete. I love the new interior with its caged booths, leather seating, bare brick walls and spot light reading lamps and no it wasn’t designed by Christian Grey.
Dimly lit and minimalistic, the perfect ambience for an evening meal, (whether you are with your loved one or with family or friends), perfect for your complexion, not perfect for a table-full of foodies trying to get the perfect photo of their food and drink … especially this foodie who most definitely needed to use her camera with the flash on but didn’t want to ruin the ambience for the other diners in the restaurant … although I’m sure I saw flashes going off at tables other than the one we were seated at.
We all chose from the Three Course Early Bird Menu which at €26.95 is excellent value when you consider the quality, choice, size of the portions and where you are dining. We had a choice of red or white house wine and I chose the red which was smooth and soft. The white I was advised was very fruity.
For starters I chose the Pan-Fried Gambas with White Wine, Chilli and Garlic. The prawns were delicious and presented just how I like them because I love the crunchy tails. The bread they were presented on was soaked in the white wine, chilli and garlic and the only way I’d like to describe that is moreish.
Mains was the tasty Salsicca Arrabbiata Ragu with Casareccia Pasta, Spicy Sausage, Red Peppers and Parmesan. As pasta dishes go this was tasty and fresh. The ingredients complimented each other with no flavour overpowering another. I would happily order it again.
Dessert was the Dark Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Whipped Cream & Crushed Amaretti Biscuits which was right up street but so too was the New York Nutella Baked Cheesecake with Chocolate Brownie Ice-cream and Salted Caramel Sauce (pictured above) because one of my foodie friends let me have a try … a total recommendation and I’ll be ordering it the next time I visit.
After dinner we were treated to a cocktail and I chose the Boris Karloff – Gin, St. Germain Elderflower Liquer, Lime Juice, Egg, Club Soda from their Cocktail Menu – it was expertly mixed and is a recommendation for Gin and Elderflower lovers.
There was an excellent vibe/feel to the restaurant and its customers/diners were a mixture of groups, couples and friends. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food as mentioned was tasty and moreish. The wine and cocktails went down a treat and the prices are more than competitive.
I’ll be returning to San Lorenzo again but next time it will be for their famous Brunch! … oh and that Baked Cheesecake …