Fade Street Social

You know when it’s getting to mid-week point and you are starting to “fade” well to be a bit more “social” I decided to do a mid week dinner to mark a friends belated birthday and so went to my faithful “eateries to do list in Dublin” and made an executive decision of a Fade Street Social booking.

Something new, something different and something central.

Fade Street Social by Dylan McGrath offers the Gastro Bar, the Restaurant and the Tapas Bar (which is a very smart move… why? because you have to go back and try the other two right?).

My first impression was “WOW, This is MASSIVE” and rightly so, finding out afterwards it setting is in a 8,000 sq. ft. space.  This time round, we booked into The Restaurant (yes, I will be going back) and was pleasantly surprised at how busy it was for a Wednesday evening.. (I must have got the memo this week) but can’t complain because it’s always a good sign.

No messing about, just a quick dinner .. you know yourself.. WINTER IS COMING.. it’s all about the cups of tea, pjs and hot water bottles so the order matched our hearty winter appetites of lamb, rabbit and a sirloin steak.

Wicklow Lamb (€27)

The Wicklow lamb came rump style and was basted in barley and thyme. Ordered a side of “spuds” (€5) (creamy mashed potatoes) to soak up the jus

Da Rabbit (€24)

The rabbit leg was braised with a white wine sauce served with smoked bacon tarragon and onion, this dish came with the spuds, delish!

Wexford Sirloin (€32)

The steak was cooked medium/rare and came with hazelnut beurre noisette and chervil .. of course what do you get with a steak, big fat chunky chips (€6) (OBVS)

The Restaurant was full of “natter, natter, natter” which I love when dining out, it reminds me of NYC feels. At one point, I couldn’t help but nearly involve myself at another table because I spotted pizza type dishes, and they looked delicious. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was drooling on the spot, at that exact moment. (Again, I reiterate, I will be going back!)

The staff were really friendly and came up enough times not to be annoying, the right amount of service-balance. When I made the booking I had mentioned it was for a birthday and without any hint, hint, nudge, nudge… sure didn’t they organize a little “Happy Birthday” dessert for my friend which really topped the icing on the cake, and sure he was only delighted with life, haha!

The only thing which I noticed, and this is me being very picky now, was on our drinks order. From the time we ordered, to when we received, it was about 20-25mins (at, which point I had forgotten I had ordered a drink) so that’s the only thing, but it won’t be stopping me from going back.

Great food, great staff, great vibes

Verdict: Earlie-IMPRESSED

Now, I am craving more winter foods!!!

Earlie-Girl

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Splashing the cash in Kerry!

Last weekend I went back to Ireland for a weekend break. This is an annual thing we do to get away from the hectic world of work and babies (not mine) so this year we decided to go to The Europe Hotel in Killarney, Co.Kerry. Kerry is beautiful and this is where my Dad grew up, but since my granny passed away 5 years ago I haven’t really been as connected to the town so it was special to me to go back and soak up the memories as well as pamper myself of course!  

 We left pretty early on the Saturday to make the most of the day as we had only one night and appointments at the ESPA. As soon as we drove through the gates of the hotel I could feel the sense of relaxation waving over me! 

As soon as we checked in and dropped our bags to the room we went for a processco lunch with an amazing view in the hotel restaurant. I had fresh prawns and crab on Irish soda bread washing it down with some bubbles of course!  

 My friend Bex went for the Caesar salad with tiger prawns. 

 ……. And the view! 

 After lunch, and to burn off our bloated bellies we went for a walk around the grounds which was amazingly breathtaking however I did nearly fall into the water, but that’s just a typical me thing to happen! 😂 

Then it was spa time, we quickly changed into our bikinis and practically ran down to the spa to get our relaxation on!  

 No word of a lie but this is definitely the best spa experience I have had to date and would go back in a flash! The treatments start off at ~€115 for 50minutes and honestly worth every penny! I went for the deep muscle massage.  With the spa area there is a relaxation room, heated loungers, steam room, sauna, ice mountain and the best is the outdoor heated pool. I didn’t take a photo myself but here is one from their photo archive 
 I would go back alone just to sit in this heated pool all day, and what made it more beautiful on that day was that the mountain tops were covered with snow, it was unreal! We spent hours here and talked about what we would do for the evening. Seeing as we were spending the money to stay at the hotel I thought it would be best to stay around the hotel and soak up the atmosphere 😍 

So after showering and semi getting ready we headed down to the brasserie restaurant where there was an hour wait list so of course we had a few Hendricks while we waited.

For dinner we had roast duck and the traditional fish and chips (I forgot to take a picture of the fish and chips because I was obsessed with my own dinner haha!  

 Roasted breast of duck served with polenta cake, cauliflower purée, lentils and broad beans served with a honey sauce gravy!

Now for the dessert. We had to wait a half hour to let the dinner settle but we both knew we were going to indulge and rightly so, we had had a hard day of pampering ourselves 😝

Dessert: chocolate croquette, served with peanut semi fredo and glazed banana.  Dessert: posh style bread and butter pudding served with ice cream and a delightful fresh butter cup flower.    After dinner we went to the residents bar where we had a few more Gins and whiskies chatting by the open fire before “turning in for the night”😂😂

The next morning we had planned to go to the gym, but that clearly went out the window and just about made it down for breakfast which by the way was my idea of heaven with a quality buffet breakfast not the standard crap you would normally get at a standard hotel. Yummy freshly brewed coffee, greapefruit and juice and of course PANCAKES!

 

We headed off around 12pm so we could go for a walk around muckross gardens. So, summing up the bill:

1 night stay at The Europe Hotel for two people.

  • Golf side view bedroom (breakfast included): €260
  • Lunch with Processco : £60
  • Spa Treatments (2): €230
  • Mini Bar Processco (obviously): €9
  • Dinner (Main and Dessert): €80 
  • Evening Drinks: €60

Be prepared to spend at least €350 per person but trust me it’s worth every single bite, sip, step and penny! 5 star hotel gets earlie girl stamp of approval.

~EarlieGirl