The Trocadero Restaurant is pretty much an institution in Dublin, but when was the last time you were there? The ‘Troc’ as it’s affectionately known, is celebrating 55 years in business this year. Any restaurant that is still packing them in after 55 years has something special and this restaurant certainly has.
We went on at Tuesday evening for 8pm, the bar and restaurant was buzzing. As always, the reception was very welcoming as Robert , the Maitre D, seated us. It was then straight to business with the tough decisions. Trocadero prides itself on a menu of locally sourced food of the highest quality; in-fact the waiter informed us that the sirloin was taken off the menu as the chef deemed it too tough to serve and so, sent it back. That says a lot about the quality of food being served here.
The starters of asparagus with parmesan, fried brie, sweet leaf salad with mango and hazelnuts and crab pot gartin were quick to arrive. Silence ensued as we kept to our own, each satisfied perfectly. Well known for their steaks, the fillets arrived at our table cooked perfectly as requested with the taste beyond expectations. These folks know how to cook a steak! The monk fish was the best that was tasted in quite some time (coming from a fish fanatic) and lamb rack was generously served and devoured soon after- delish. The deserts were simple, tasty and a great ending to a homely feast.
Trocadero is most definitely worth the visit. The ambience, history, atmosphere and staff all help to give it their well-deserved reputation of fantastic, simple food cooked to perfection in unique, comfortable surroundings. I would expect to see many more famous faces on their walls over the coming years.