South Great George’s Street, arguably the best area around Dublin to eat and drink in for… oh, the past millennium or so, is so great that sometimes it’s hard to decide on where to go. 777 to the left of me, Pi Pizza to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle when all I’m looking for is a bit of warmth and a hearty meal to take away the autumn chill. Enter Brasserie Sixty6.
Delicious dishes on the menu to delicate ones on the wall, Brasserie Sixty6 has a large arrangement of ornate and one-of-a-kind decorative plates on display. The collection compliments the comfortable feeling and also serves as a romantic backdrop for photos, in other words – it’s Instagramable.
When you’re spoiled with Tartine bread (bought from Minetta Delicatessen) it’s hard to settle for anything else. But the bread served to us on arrival, and again with the soup was so fresh and soft and melt in your mouth malty. It’s baked close by at Roth’s Bakery in Glasnevin, who bake bread exactly how the inventor of bread intended it to be baked.
The Set Menu
Unpretentious food is a favourite in that it’s not attempting to be anything more than it is. That said, the set menu is creative and takes into consideration the saison d’être. I went for the confit of duck to start, and the hake for my main, while my cuz enjoyed the wild mushroom soup followed by rotisserie chicken, mash, peas and gravy. Sometimes you don’t want a deconstructed this or a fancy-shmancy that. It is what it is and was yum.
By the bar there are some really cool art pieces, especially loving that mirrored Art Deco poster for “Quinquina Bourin,” 1937 by French twins Pierre and Jacques Bellenger.
If you don’t feel like a sweet you can order a cocktail instead. Nice to have the option, so we got one of each: The Oriental Flower was gin mixed with lychee and apple sour, Luxardo Maraschino and fresh lemon; and an apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.
We sat at the table for a good few hours. Nobody minded, nobody rushed us. Plenty of time for chats and lols. Just as we were finishing a party of 104 guests arrived. The pace picked up and there was a good buzz about. It’s a big group kinda place, a sorta Christmas party type venue, or simply somewhere to play catch-up with a pal.
Contact: 01 4005878; brasseriesixty6.com
Opening times: Mon-Fri: Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 4pm to late; Sat & Sun: Brunch 10am-3pm, Dinner 4pm to late