RAISING THE STEAKS

Liz Coggins samples the Thrill of the Grill at the Grosvenor Casino.

RAISING THE STEAKS

Mention the word casino and it conjures up all kinds of notions – but its unlikely that a superb restaurant is among them – but that’s exactly what the restaurant at the Grosvenor Casino behind the Merrion Centre and minutes from The Arena is.

No wonder it’s fast becoming a firm favourite with both discerning diners and celebrities for this hidden gem is a very private place and serves some of the best food in town.

Enter the doors and mount the stairs and apart from a slight glance at the gaming tables to your right you wouldn’t even realise you were in a casino.

Tastefully furnished with booths and sinkable seating you could be in any restaurant in town It’s the ideal place if you are looking for a pre or post concert or theatre meal, a quiet catch up talk with friends or you want a meal late at night for you can eat from the a la carte menu up to 2.00am in the morning – and through the night there are bar meals available. But it’s advisable to book at this secret is fast leaking out!

The menu at the Casino just gets better. It’s extensive with grills, salads, pasta, tasty burgers and designer hot dogs. There’s a tempting selection of starters and they are to be congratulated on the unusual range of delicious salads.

It did take my colleague and I ages to decide what to eat, over a reasonably priced, chilled and excellent bottle of Pino Grigio. The restaurant staff are very helpful if you are in a quandary about what to chose. Our particular waiter guided our choices to perfection and was very knowledgeable – we couldn’t have done it better ourselves and were delighted with his suggestions.

Being a rather cool night I was tempted by the Soup of the Day a steaming bowl of vegetable soup with hot crusty bread and butter that was brimming with fresh vegetables and flavour.

My colleague opted for the crispy calamari and was surprisingly delighted by its taste and the excellent way it was cooked and the colourful and tasty salad that accompanied it.

For main I decided on an 8oz fillet steak from the signature grill range that came with skin-on-fries, red onion slaw, onion rings, grilled tomato and mushrooms. As I like my steak very well done our waiter suggested that chef butterfly the steak so it wasn’t black on the outside and yet undercooked on the inside. A fantastic suggestion with the result it was one of the best cooked steaks I have ever had, succulent yet cooked as I like it.

My colleague was very adventurous choosing the chargrilled Cajun Salmon Fillet. She was amazed by the fusion of flavours and by how tender and succulent the fish was yet perfectly cooked.

After such a veritable banquet we were tempted by the dessert menu. The amazing taste and textures of the Banoffee Brulee Tart were just “heaven on a plate”. The sugar topped banana mousse on a crunchy caramel biscuit base with vanilla and toffee sauce could just have been created for a dessert lover like myself.

The Baked New York Cheesecake was also a hit with my colleague, with the mango sauce adding that certain something to the dessert.

We finished off with coffee from the extensive beverages range and both agreed that this restaurant is now one of our favourites as it just gets better every time we eat there.

The Grosvenor Casino Restaurant is open 7 days a week from 12 noon to 7am serving from the a la carte menu until 2.00am. Bar meals are available after that time. For table reservations call: – 0113 2448386

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