'Christmas Dinner Full' – the only way to describe the feeling of being stuffed to the gills of delicious food after Juno's Cafe Bistro Elite Event on Wednesday 27th.
11 different meals within three courses over two hours. Enough to make a grown man cry I tell ya. Prosecco to start, a sommelier to take us through wine pairings for each individual bit of grub, all in the candle light and coziness of one of Dublin's best kept secrets.
After a full day of snow and hail, guests were warmly welcomed with a glass of prosecco to start off proceedings, then ushered into the dining room to begin the nosh fest. For starters, we had calamari with tomato & chilli jam, fishcake with piquante mayo & green salad, beetroot & goat cheese with walnut pesto and mixed leaves, gubbeen chorizo w/ grilled asparagus, slow roast cherry tomato, parmesan shavings, rocket & toast.
Just when the food was becoming filling, in stepped SuperBen AKA head sommelier for Juno's restaurants. From your classic Pinot Grigio, to a Vermentino and a Malbec – wine was free flowing and Ben's knowledge was top drawer.
Then came the mains. Wild mushroom & leek risotto cake topped with ryefield's goat's cheese & courgette tomato sauce, chargrilled Angus rib-eye steak w/ garlic butter, grilled mushroom & tomato and chargrilled lamb burger with corriander chutney, sweet potato chips & mint aioli.
And finally.. desert. A veritable flavour explosion. Rhubarb creme brulee w/ homemade shortbread biscuits, chocolate brownie w/ butterscothc sauce & vanilla ice cream and baked white chocolate & hazelnut cheesecake with berry compote.
The key to this foodie's paradise is that each bite is concocted entirely out of locally sourced – not a single thing you eat has come out of a bottle or a packet, and that is guaranteed. As Liat F put it; "What a great evening. What great food. You could taste the quality of it on the tip of your tongue."
Food of the highest quality, cosy and homely ambience, service like you wouldn't believe, and a damn perfect location (go for a walk in the adjacent Phoenix Park afterwards to burn off some of that deliciousness). You really can't go wrong.
A huge thanks to Laura, Ben and the rest of the amazing and Juno's Cafe Bistro staff for welcoming us with open arms and going above and beyond in providing Dublin Yelpers with an absolute superwhopperdeadly meal of the highest standards. Make sure to check out the reviews of the event, and all of the photos here.
Emily C, Dublin Community Manager