Last week I was invited down to try out the restaurant, George’s of the Market (previously known as the St George’s Market Bar and Grill.)
The restaurant has overlooked the Market for the past 15 years but recently underwent a rebrand. It’s renowned for using ingredients straight from the market floor so I was looking forward to tasting the local, fresh dishes.
Barry and I went on Thursday night and I was delighted to meet two old schoolfriends, Sarah and Carrie, whom I hadn’t seen since we were 18 years old- 13 years ago! Incidentally, they were heading to the ballet so had just eaten but said they had an enjoyable meal.
The restaurant is very large with an open-plan kitchen so you can see the chefs cook in front of you. The setting is really lovely- particularly the spectacular feature windows.
We were given two menus- the pre-theatre and the á la carte menu. As it was 7pm, we could have eaten of the pre-theatre which runs until 7.30, but other dishes on the main menu caught our eye. The pre-theatre is two courses for £14.00 and 3 courses for £16.50.
Stunning decor of St George’s of the Market
For starters I picked the Vegetarian Bruschetta (£4.75) because it was the cheese which grabbed my attention. The dish is a large piece of Cooleeney Cheese (a creamy/buttery cheese with a white mould rind, made in Tipperary) with roasted red pepper and spinach served on grilled bread. I really enjoyed the dish as I’m a big fan of soft Brie and Cambembert-like cheeses anyway. Barry went for the Arglass Mussels (£6.50), which came with Chorizo, white wine and herbs and served with a side of wheaten. I’m not a fan of seafood so didn’t try the mussels but I did try the sauce they were served in which was tasty.
For mains, I was torn between the 6oz Irish Beef Burger (£12.95) and the Gnocchi (£12.95). In the end I went for the Gnocchi (another vegetarian dish) as Barry choose the Burger so I knew I could have a bite of his to taste!
The Gnocchi came with pumpkin, peas, sage and parmesan cheese. There was no sauce accompaniment, just drizzled with olive oil I think, so I would have liked a little bit more flavour. Again, Barry enjoyed his burger to which he added bacon (extra £1) and blue cheese (extra £1).
Finally for dessert I had my heart set on the Raspberry Ruffle cheesecake but sadly, they had run out! It must have been good! Barry was really full so could only manage some ice-cream while I picked the Petit Four. This was a mixture of fugde, chocolate truffles, berries and jellies. For me the highlight was the rich chocolate truffles covered in white chocolate- wow! Once I’d finished the first, I was delighted to tuck into the second! I would have preferred something other than a second piece of fudge but that’s only because I’m not a huge fan of fudge in general.
All in all, it was a nice meal and the setting really made it. I’ve heard the Ulster Fry is its signature dish so I reckon I’ll have to get down to try it! Thanks to St George’s of the Market for inviting me!
Disclaimer: this meal was complimentary but views expressed are my own