The Greenhouse is the place to go in Dublin when you want to splash out on a fantastic meal, you have a special occasion to celebrate or you have money burning a hole in your pocket. Chef Mickael Viljanen relocated to Dublin from Gregan’s Castle in the Burren to head the kitchen in 2012. The Greenhouse combines local seasonal Irish ingredients like sika deer, sea buckthorn and scallops with Nordic flair. The food is exciting and different from anything else you’ll try in Dublin. The menu combines unusual flavour combinations with an innovative approach. You’ll taste things like beetroot marshmallows, Japanese hay barbecued monkfish, and smoked bacon fat fudge before the meal is out. This is the kind of food you simply can’t recreate at home.
The wine list is outstanding, with glasses starting at a very reasonable € 7. My favourite is the Ciu Ciu Pecorino based both on taste and fun name. You can also get unusual drinks pairings for your meal, such as ice cider to go with foie gras. A meal at dinner will set you back € 60 – € 100 for food, but the lunch menu is a bit better value at three courses for € 35. This is not a place for a casual everyday meal, I’ve only been here to celebrate significant birthdays, but if you want to try the best of Irish cooking, this is the place to go.