Saturday, 27 April 2013

Bison BBQ

JD and I have always had a soft spot for American BBQ, so much so that we once drove all the way down to Brighton from London just to try out BBQ Shack - one of Jay Rayner's all time best restos in the UK! To be honest, I have no idea why he rates it so highly because its not a patch on our new discovery in town, Bison BBQ!!

Bison BBQ is located in Bison Bar on Wellington Quay, just on the edge of Temple Bar - not exactly the most attractive section of the quays but on the bright side, close to town :)
Orders for food and drinks are placed at the bar, then find a free space and wait for everything to arrive at your table (by the way, reservations are taken as well).

Our food arrived pretty quickly, everything was very tasty (meat and sides) and I was also amazed by the quality and taste of the meat used (not exactly very scientific here but meat tasting meaty rather than of nothing). Bison BBQ is far, far superior to BBQ Shack - would recommend any other BBQ aficionados to check it out :)
JD's order of pulled pork and pork ribs with burnt end beans and coleslaw

My "fatty" order of pork ribs and brisket with onion rings and potato salad :)
(Homemade BBQ and Mustard BBQ sauces available for free on the tables!) 

Saturday, 13 April 2013

La mère Zou

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Its been more than a decade since the last time JD and I ate at La mère Zou - all the times we had eaten there previously had been positive so I was very much looking forward to dinner after we managed to secure a last minute reservation for dinner on Saturday night :)

The dining room has changed since our last visit and has a more informal bistro feel to it - very cosy and welcoming in contrast to the chilly weather outside! Apart from the menu, there was a blackboard groaning with daily specials, all of which sounded so tempting :)

Food was delicious and service was friendly and attentive - as I keep saying before, the secret to a good resto is nothing complicated! Yet, only a select few ever get this happy to report that La mère Zou is one of these "gems", bravo! :)
Starter of mussels - super fresh, plump and tasty :)

Main of turbot, white asparagus, crispy ox cheek and chicken jus
Selection of French cheese to finish