Saturday, March 27, 2010

La Mère Zou

Yesterday I went to La Mère Zou for the first time. I'm not sure why I've never been there before; it's a nice restaurant in a convenient location (on Stephen's Green). It just doesn't seem to get much press.

The decor and atmosphere are spot on - clearly and enjoyably French without over-doing it. The waitresses are friendly, efficient and - let's not be coy - quite pretty. (Don't worry, ladies, I think you'll like the waiters too.) And my fellow diners appeared to be very satisfied with the experience.

As for the food: tasty, reasonably varied, and with a nice mix of price options including the €28.50 Early Bird menu. I had a nice French Onion Soup, followed by roasted cod with risotto and vegetables, finishing with the (extremely sweet) Creme Brulee. All three courses were good.

With the meal I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, selected by the restaurant. As someone who's barely able to tell one wine from another I was impressed that I could immediately taste that this was a quality wine. Damned if I can remember its delightfully over-complicated French name - just trust the waiter/sommelier and you'll do fine.

So all in all, a very excellent restaurant.