Reviewer abroad: A fine dine in Dublin at Brasserie Sixty6
Modern, fusion, chic and stylish all words that come to mind where Brasserie Sixty6 is concerned. Tucked away on one of Dublins most central streets, the creative kitchen at Brasserie Sixty6 sends out hearty, modern cuisine at reasonable prices to its busy and bustling modern eatery.
With a menu reminiscent of many of Perths most well-esteemed small bars and eateries, we sat down to some tasty appetisers. We pierced the crunchy exterior of the deep fried goats cheese salad, a light variety that softly fell into fresh bed of rocket and the sticky walnut and honey dressing drizzled around the plate. The Moroccan lamb skewer was tender, softly spiced and thoroughly enjoyed alongside a homemade spiced chutney and a coriander crme fraiche.
With several options for main courses, we pored over the selection offered by the kitchen from the Rotisserie, seafood menu and shared platters varieties. Though tempted by the hearty Rotisserie options, featuring an assortment of slow-roasted meats and unique spins on traditional Irish dishes, we couldn't go past the seafood selection. The tuna steak marinated in balsamic & cayenne 23.95 (AU $34) was seared to a light crisp, aromatic, smoky and perfectly cooked with a juicy flesh and pink centre.
Served atop a bed of braised gem lettuce, baby potatoes, chorizo and broad beans, the generously-sized fillet of Roast Native Salmon 22.90 (AU $31) flaked away perfectly at our touch. The menu is loyal to its Irish roots, with variations of potatoes featuring alongside many of the restaurants dishes.
A few Australian wines featured on the wine list, including Murphys Shiraz and Trentham Estate Pinot Noir. We opted for a Douro Valley Malvasia, a crisp white and the perfect accompaniment to our seafood course. We sunk our spoons into an authentic, rustic and homely baked apple and hazelnut crumble to finish, and drizzled the warm and sticky caramel custard over hazelnut ice cream a thoroughly satisfying finish to a thoroughly satisfying meal.
Irish food conjures up visions of hearty, wholesome, honest and rustic fare, without the slightest hint of pretentiousness. Brasserie Sixty6 strikes that chord and strikes it well, delivering with the best ingredients, a fine selection of hearty warm-weather food and its own take on some of the most cherished Irish recipes. That marriage of tradition and contemporary resonates throughout the restaurant, somehow achieving a cool balance between a casual and comfortable eatery and a modish lounge and bistro.