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Thornton's Restaurant

5.0 from 2 reviews
53.3392982483, -6.2617897987

The Fitzwilliam Hotel,
Dublin 2, Ireland

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+353 1 478 7008

http://www.thorntonsre...

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Located in the heart of Dublin, overlooking St. Stephen’s Green, Thornton’s is a wonderful location for a sumptuous dining experience. The restaurant recently enjoyed a major refurbishment overseen by renowned New York based architects - 1100 Architects. The result is a modern yet intimate dining room and canapé bar.

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2 Reviews

Thornton's Restaurant was first reviewed by Tony F. on 23 September 2008

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Caitriona W. Member since: March 2009 121 Reviews

Lives 3.98 km from Thornton's Restaurant

5.0

There aren't enough superlatives in the English language to this place any justice. It was a superb dining experience and, to date, the best I have ever experienced in Ireland.

The dining room is very spacious and there is plenty of room between tables. The staff, from the Irish maitre di, the Austrian waiter (he's so droll - a real ambassador for both Austria and Thornton's) and the French sommelier were all afriendly, efficient and above all engaging.

There were four of us dining and we decided not to have the tasting menu - from which you could pick a 5, 8, 11, 14 course tasting selection (or something like that) all priced accordingly.

Instead we opted for the more limited a menu. A choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and a number of desserts. Between us all we sampled the whole menu (except in the dessert range). Normally when eating out with friends we would sample each others dishes ... but this time I became totally selfish. I loved my quail in brioche so much that I wasn't prepared to share it with anyone. But I think our friends were experiencing the same dilemma as there were no offers to taste thier prawns or fois gras terrine.

Our main courses of venison, duck and john dory duly arrived and once again I couldn't bring myself to share the duck with anyone. It was exquisitely cooked and served and I savoured every last bite.

I almost forgot to mention the abundance and variety of bread rolls offered - and offered frequently. To my shame I took 2 on the first offering as experience (in other restaurants) of never seeing the bread basket again has taught me to always have 2. Then the bread was offered again - twice!

Then an amuse bouche of cauliflower soup with a froth (can't remember) was brought. Mmmm. Lovely. And the most wonderful thing of all - another little dish- a small goldfish bowl shaped glass with an inverted conical lid was brought to everyone at the table. The small lid was removed and placed in - for all the world - a serviette ring. Inside the glass bowl was a smoking piece of john dory in a nuoilly prat sauce. And in the inverted conical lid was a clear liquid derived - by some serious magic - from tomatoes. To be taken after the fish to clear the palate. This dish was to die for.

Some of us finished with the cheeseboard - presented by the Austrian Ambassador who was really well versed in cheese and who made excellent recommendations. A souffle was had by one of the pary who wants to return to Thorntons immediately just to have it again.

Our new best friend - Kevin - came to do the rounds of the tables and he spent quite a time chatting with us, which was really nice. I think there were hotel guests - Yanks - at a lot of the tables so they may not have been aware of his fame. If there were more 'locals' in there we might not have enjoyed so much of his time.

We arrived at 8.00 and left at 12.30 and we never once felt that anyone was trying to rush us through our meal or off the premises.

The prices were out of this world too but we knew that when we booked. The good news is that you can get a lunch or pretheatre meal for about €50 and I, for one, will definitely be looking to sample these cheaper options too.

Excellent, supreme, wonderful, fantastic...

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2009

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Tony F. Member since: August 2008 23 Reviews

Lives 216.53 km from Thornton's Restaurant

5.0

I'm lucky when it comes to in-laws. Any excuse to celebrate usually results in us being treated to a nice meal. Recently, a graduation called for somewhere extra swanky and Thornton’s was chosen as the venue.

Arriving for lunch, we were graciously ushered to our table, where the deliberation began over the various tasting menu options, as well as the standard, three course lunch menu. And here's where we hit the one and only snag of the meal. Each member of the party has to go for the same menu. If you want the 5, 8 or 14 course tasting menu, everyone else at the table must go for the same, and will get the same selection of dishes, similarly with the standard lunch menu.
A little disapointed by this, we went with the 3 course lunch menu, which, it must be said, looked equally appealing, if less adventurous.

Shortly after ordering our food and wine, we were treated to a delightful amuse buch of Dublin Bay prawn and lemon aeoli, followed by a cucumber and tomato cocktail, which was infinitely tastier than it sounds. Starters of braised pig with shallot puree and poitín sauce, and wild mushroom terrine with foie gras rolled in black truffle were superb, but the beetroot salad was a little plain in comparison. Main courses were spectacular, with the honey and pistachio glazed duck being a particular highlight. A pre-desert of pear sorbet with summer berry coulis was a wonderful pallet cleanser before deserts which ended the meal on a particularly high note. Best chocolate mouse that's ever passed my lips anyway, and the lavender ice-cream (yes, you read that right) that accompanied the fig tart was a revelation. An exciting cheese board really set tongues wagging too. Service was friendly and attentive, without being cloying or uncomfortable, and the room was cosy and welcoming. Tea and petit fors finished out a wonderful, relaxing dining experience; we were there for over three hours and at no stage felt rushed.
€55 (without the wine or tea) may seem expensive for a three course lunch, but the quality of the food and service really make it worthwhile.
I will without hesitation return to Thornton’s, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2008

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