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Darwins Restaurant

March 8, 2011 by Inez No Comments »

Darwins

 

 

Darwins Restaurant is one of Dublins best known steak restaurants, in fact to be totally honest the steak are “to die for”, and they can proudly keep their claim to fame.
 A little bit of history about Darwins, they have been open for 6 years which in this day and age is a remarkably good length of time.  Interestingly the restaurant is named after Charles Darwin the naturalist who put forward the notion of evoloution (“The Origin of Species”). 
Darwins is not only well known for its friendly and relaxed atmosphere but also for the excellent range and standard of food.  Naturally they pride themselves on their excellent quality of steak which is sourced from their “in house” butcher.  For the steak lovers you can be assured that all the meat is Irish, which comes from the Boyne Valley.  The steaks are succulent, soft and so so flavoursome!! The chefs do a fantastic job of ensuring that all steaks are cooked to everybodies liking no matter how you like it!!
Darwins also cater for the seafood lovers and naturally vegetarians as well. Possibly their signature vegetarian dish is the Honey, Lime, Sesami and Tofu steak so not only can the meat eaters enjoy a steak but so too can the vegetarains, nobody is left out there!! 
For the sweet tooths there is a large selection of deserts from light enoyable sorbet’s to a rich warm chocolate brownie with chocolate raspberry and creamy bourbon vanilla ice cream, in my oppinion a “must have” if your going to go down the desert road.
For the wine list Darwins have a range of wines from all around the world, the Italian wines include a rich and fruity Nero d’Avola by Tola. The house white is a light and crsip Bianco Sicillia and of course my favouite which is the San Vincenzo by Anselmi which is a medium bodied elegant and full flavoured white from Veneto.

The restaurant has a such a lovely warm and welcoming feel, it’s one of those places you instantly feel relaxed and at ease in. 
Enjoy!!
Inez O’Shea
“A Taste of Italy”
 

 

Darwin’s Restaurant,
80 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2
Tel: 01-4757511 , Fax: 01-4758942

 

“Credo” Wine and Pizza tasting

June 28, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Royalty Free RF Clipart Illustration Of A 3d Chef Henry Character Serving A Pizza Pie Version 1 by Julos“Credo” is a new up and coming take away pizza shop in Dublin, they are situatied very close to St Stephens Green and are the first take away shop in Ireland which can deliver pizza and wine together, so when you ring up to order your pizza, not only can you order the pizza but a bottle of wine to go with it!! “Credo” prides itself on its genuine Italian pizza, with all Italian staff trained in pizza making. The pizza’s are about 10 steps up from a fast food pizza as the dough is made by hand and the ingredients are fresh and of a very good quality, not only this but it is very reasonably priced!!

 This week kicking off from Tuesday the 29th of June “Credo” will begin a week of wine tasting showcasing all of the wines which they stock.  The agenda for the week is as follows
Tuesday the 29th – 
-Cortese Divino, by Produttori Del Gavi 2009
-Greco, by Cantina del Taburno 2009
– Valpolicella Ripasso, by Le Tobele 2008

Wednesday 30th
– San Vincenzo, by Anselmi 2009 (A taste of Italy)
– Chianti Colli Senesi, by Salchetto 2008  (A taste of Italy)
– Dolcetto d’Alba, by Sandrone 2008  (A taste of Italy)

Thursday 1st
-Aglianico, by Koine 2008 (Wicklow Wines)
-Prosecco, by Viticolturi Ponte (Wicklow Wines)
-Merlot and Nero D’Avola, by Lunate 2008  (Wicklow Wines)
-San Giovese, by Piane di Maggio 2008 (Wicklow Wines)

Friday 2nd July
– All of the above wines including
-Amarone Della Valpolicella, by Lo Tobele 2006  (A taste of Italy)

The music will be pumping and the pizza and wine flowing, so it will be a great opportunity to enjoy a bit of wine and pizza after work and a really good opportunity to to try a variety of wines so when you do order a pizza you know exactly what wine you would like to go with it!!

The wine tasting is from 5:00-7:00pm on Montague st (off Lower Camden st). 
Look forward to seeing you all there!!

Inez O’Shea – A taste of Italy

 

Recipe and Wine Recomendation for the Week!!

June 4, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

Warm Lamb Salad on Avocado Mint Couscous
1 cup couscous
2 tablespoons olive oil
grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
500g lean lamb fillets
2 avocados
¼ cup chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons currants
¼ cup flaked almonds, toasted
1 tablespoon olive oil, extra

Preparation:
Bring 275ml water to boil in a large saucepan. Sprinkle over couscous. Cover. Remove from heat and allow to steam for 10 minutes.
Combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and brush over the lamb fillets.
Char-grill or barbeque, brushing with the oil and lemon until cooked as preferred. (medium- rare will be most tender) Cover with foil and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Dice avocados.
When the couscous has absorbed all the liquid, gently fluff with a fork and fold in the diced avocado, mint, currants, almond, lemon zest and 1 tablespoon juice. Place on serving plates. Slice the lamb and arrange on top of couscous. Drizzle with the remaining lemon juice and olive oil.
Garnish with mint leaves.                                                                      

To compliment we recomend a bottle of our San Vincenzo by Anselmi. Anselmi is based in the Veneto region in the North of Italy. The San Vincenzo is made from the Garganega grape, and has a light straw color. The aroma is crisp and pure, with scents of minerals, apples, bananas and lemon blossoms. It is a medium-bodied wine, which is dry and fresh, with notes of citrus fruit, pear, grapefruit and hints of hazelnut.

Enjoy the Long Weekend!!

Inez  O’Shea”A taste of Italy”

 

Italian Grape Varities

March 31, 2010 by Inez No Comments »

 

red grapes and wine

Unlike the large department stores “A taste of Italy” sources its wines from local and small producers in Italy, we pride ourselves on the fact that the our wines are of good quality but at very reasonable prices.  Drinking mass produced wine isnt the same as drinking a bottle of wine produced in a small family run winery, coming from some of the top wine regions of Italy!!

We have only Italian wine, many of our wines are made from the typical Italian grapes ie Sangiovese, Barollo, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon etc however we also have wines are made from grapes which are not as commonly found. 

 If your looking to try some other wonderful Italian grape styles try our San Vincenzo made by Anselmi!! The grape used in this wine is the Garganega – The main wine varietal for wines labeled Soave.  Its is a crisp dry white wine from the Veneto wine region (very lovely)!! 
or 
Try our Gran Masetto by Endrizzi.  The Gran Massetto is made from a red grape called Teroldego, which is made from one of Italy’s oldest and finest traditional grapes. The style of Teroldego from Endrizzi is unique and quite stunning. The bouquet is a complex mélange of sweet black fruit redolent of cherries and dark berries, coupled with notes of blood orange, dark chocolate and classic Italian overtones of olives, herbs and soil!!

Inez O’Shea”A taste of Italy”

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Il Vicoletto Wine and Food evening!!

March 11, 2010 by Inez 2 Comments »

 

 “Il Vicoletto” and “A Taste of Italy” Wine and Food evening

 Last night we were warmly welcomed by Il Vicoletto restaurant, for a night of delicious food and of course fantastic wine!!! Christan and Georgio prepared and oganised a wonderful 5 course dinner and paired aevery course with different wine – a great selection!!

 The Menu

  • Aperiftif was Sicillian Cous Cous served with the Endrizzi Brut Riserva
  • 1st course was the “Papa Pomordoro” soup with fried squid with the Endrizzi Brut Riserva
  • 2nd course was a Caramelised pear Risotto, served with the Cantina Terlano Pinot Bianco
  • 3rd course was Gnocchi with a crab, lobster and a tomato sauce, served with the San Vincenzo by Anselmi
  • 4th course was an Oganic Beef fillet, with a sweet sauce, served with the Tereldego Riserva by Endrizzi
  • 5th course was the peppery chocolate soufle, served with a Moscato Rosa by Endrizzi

Everybody had a wonderful evening and enjoyed all of the food and wine which was showcased,  we look forward to the next wine evening at Il Vicoletto Restaurant!!

Inez O’Shea  “A taste of Italy”