Wednesday 26 March 2014

House, 27 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Have you noticed all the quirky spots popping up around Dublin? Well House is certainly one of these, having opened its doors last year.

House is a unique spot, located on Leeson Street in two converted Georgian houses. The premises is spacious and the interior has been designed so that people feel at home and never want to leave.

The weather was freezing on my visit, so it felt warm and cosy as soon as I stepped into the front parlour.

The fire was roaring and the armchairs and sofas were inviting.

The place was empty at that time, it was actually lovely to be able to have a good glimpse at all the different areas and wander around before it became too busy.

Here is the bar area with stools and long table.

The conservatory is a beautiful bright room.

 The covered terrace even has a small fireplace.

Then the glasshouse has an impressive long bar, it's an absolutely stunning space.

We sat in the garden, a little Eden in the middle of the city. We had the place for ourselves, which actually made this little oasis very romantic.

We felt like we were away on holidays in a warmer country, surrounded by olive, citrus and palm trees. So of course we ordered cocktails (prices range from €10 to €12).

I had the 'Forget me not' which consists of freshly squeezed lemon juice, kumquats, vanilla and basil sugar, rhubarb liqueur and Absolut vodka. I loved the presentation with the palm tree leaf wrapped around the glass, the portion was descent and it was lovely although very sweet.

Mr. FFID had the 'Mariposa', a cocktail of lime juice, passion fruit puree, Aperol, Havana Club and Champagne. He really enjoyed it too, both cocktails were good for the price.

House serves food too and has lots of nibbles available to order on their dinner menu.

The croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) were crisp outside and creamy inside, however the aoili sauce was quite bland but overall they went down well with the cocktails.

The portion of patatas bravas was only a fiver, and while I thought they could have had a bit more spice Mr. FFID enjoyed them.

We also went for their platter of meats and cheese which I wasn't a big fan of, mostly because of the cheese selection. I’d have to say the quality of the products wasn't great, I should probably stick to wine bars for this type of food in the future.

Not a mind-blowing meal, House is mainly a place to go for drinks. We managed to stay for a long time enjoying a few drinks until the garden became too packed for us. House is a beautiful venue, quirky and cosy, perfect for afternoon drinks and the staff are friendly and attentive. However, it was Saturday night and by the time we left at about 9pm, people were all glammed up, the music loud and it turned into a fancy night club, which was less my cup of tea.

Next time I’ll wait and eat afterwards, but I’d certainly go back for afternoon cocktails in this beautiful venue.

27 Lower Leeson Street

This is an independent review, I paid for my meal.