Bon Appètit translates as "hope you enjoy your meal" and enjoy I most certainly did! Bon Appètit in the picturesque village of Malahide has been on my radar for a while so I was delighted to be included in a bloggers dinner last night. Housed in a beautiful Georgian terrace property there are a number of options to choose from, an exciting tapas menu on the ground floor, an extensive brasserie menu with a separate 24 page bovine menu downstairs and for those special occasions a Michelin starred dining room upstairs! We were lucky enough to have dishes from all of the menus and each dish was incredible. We started off in the tapas bar where we were treated to succulent prawns pil pil, manchego cheese croquettes and risotto balls. I love the tapas style of eating, little titbits & tastes of various dishes. I definitely want to go back for an evening there with my girlfriends and try some more of the lovely dishes on the menu. We then moved downstairs to the brasserie where we were seated at a large round table which for parties of more than four should be compulsory! Delicious white & brown breads were served and I am hoping to get the recipe for the brown as it was so delicious. It was hard to choose what to eat as everything sounded so enticing but eventually I settled on salted cod scotch egg and sole on the bone, both were excellent. I had never had a scotch egg before and always imagined that it was a hard boiled egg encased but not so, fantastic vibrant runny yellow yolk, the stuff of dreams really! In between these courses we had a dish from the Michelin menu which consisted of suckling pig confit and scallop and also a selection from the bovine menu, truly amazing wagyu beef, bone marrow fritters, pickled vegetable tempura and little kilner jars filled with mashed potato, onion gravy and topped with crispy beef. My mouth is watering even thinking about it.
I finished my meal with bitter lemon slice, thyme shortbread and citrus curds,some fantastic petit fours and a delicious cup of coffee. My only regret is not slipping a few of the petit fours into my handbag!
I am really looking forward to bringing my family back for Sunday lunch soon, for each adult a child eats for free which is amazing value. I already know what I am going to order. I was also delighted to see a baby changing table in the toilets which is something that can be overlooked in a lot of restaurants.
Huge thanks to Oliver & Graham who made us feel really welcome. There was a great buzz around the whole building which for a wet and rainy Wednesday evening was great to see!
St James Terrace,
Telephone: (01) 8450314
Here is a selection of photos, unfortunately daylight was gone so justice wasn't fully done but hopefully my words have conveyed more!