Sometimes you want to eat out and have good, simple food. Nothing fancy nor too expensive, just good dishes in a nice atmosphere, especially for a little break during the working week. I craved for Italian food and remembered that I’ve heard good things about Terra Madre from another blogger Yolene (Creme de Citron).
Terra Madre is an Italian restaurant located in a basement on Bachelor’s Walk on the north side of the Liffey. It's very small and feels homey.
We were welcomed by a gorgeous smiley Italian man (sorry Mr. FFID, this was noticed only for the purpose of the review) who offered us a seat and brought the simple menus. Nothing fancy in Terra Madre, the menu is compact. You can choose from 2 types of bruchettas, 3 specialities, 2 types of pasta, 2 types of gnocchi and a dish of lentils. The décor is also simple; it’s intimate and makes you feel like you’re eating in someone’s home. We were brought a plate of bread dipped in gorgeous olive oil before our meal, which was a nice touch and really opened our appetites.
For choosing the mains, I asked our helpful waiter for a recommendation, he told me to pick what I was already considering going for, the “Tagiliolini a la gricia” (€13.50). This is a white pasta sauce made of pig cheek, aged Pecorino cheese and white onion. It was a good rustic pasta dish made with quality ingredients.
Mr. FFID went for the gnocchi with rabbit and peppers (€13.50) and enjoyed it, cleaning his plate with the bread until it looked ready to go back to the cupboard! The sauce was full of flavours.
During the meal, we had a bottle of the Italian house red for €22, which went down very well. We were regularly poured water and the man was very kind to us, always joking or making sure we were having a good time. The tiny room filled up quickly and it really felt like we were brought somewhere in Italy off the beaten tourist track, in a small village where authenticity prevails. Molto bene Terra Madre!
13a Bachelor's Walk
Tel: 01 8735300
This is an independent review, I paid for my meal.