Like I said before I love my food best when it’s simple and tasty. And last Saturday it dawned on me that I was going back to the gym so that meant it was healthy eating for the next 5 out of the next 7 days. Oh Lordy !!!
Me being a planner, I decided that I was going to try this Italian that I just never got around to dining at for whatever reason….. Terra Madre (Mother Earth ), as a treat for what I was about to do to my body!!.
My first thought was? WHY WAS I NOT HERE BEFORE?
This place is located on Bachelors walk, blink and you will miss it. As you can see from my picture its downstairs and the best word I can use to describe it is cosy.
We booked a late meal on Halloween night of all nights but I can tell you now the only thing scary here is the amount of bread that was consumed.
Olivia and myself both started with the bruschetta. Mine was called “Lardo di Colonnata ” This was a Tuscan delicacy made from pork fat which was delicious but I have to admit I robbed a little too much of Olivia’s “Talli di Cappero”. These were wild caper sprouts harvested by hand, apparently they are very rare. Marco our waiter explained to us that you would have to forage in the mountain before dawn to get them. And they are only grown in certain parts of Italy. Well all I can tell you they were worth the effort. I was addicted!!
I had the Ravioli and Olivia opted for the Fettuccine. My dish was just out of this world with the right amount of sauce the Ravioli was filled perfectly. To be honest I ate this so slow because I just had to savour every mouthful. The Fettuccine was cooked to perfection al dente. If you look at the portions you could see they were the right amount of generous but we both observed after that we didn’t at any time feel bloated as can happen when you eat pasta. Once again Marco explained that the reason why pasta is cooked al dente isn’t just for the bit of bite but because its easier to digest which was new to me.
To accompany this we had a “couple” of glasses of the Monteulciano d’Abruzzo. It is a mouthful I know but I would recommend this because going in I said sure I’ll have a glass and it tasted so good I ended up having three which defeats the point of not getting a bottle. But hey I’m easily led.
As I said previously I usually only ever have 2 courses and I was happy to just have another glass of wine but it was suggested that Olivia should try the chocolate salami. Ah sure why not!! These were lovely although the only thing salami about them was the shape. But I have been dreaming about them ever since. The right amount of chocolate served with walnuts and hazelnuts smothered in honey.
This restaurant has only been in Dublin 2 years and its reputation grows. This is the type of place where the food does the talking. I left with a longing to visit the south of Italy. The service was outstanding and educational. The atmosphere was warm and the décor was shabby chic. All these factors combine I think this is a must go place it is as Authentic as your going to get.
Bachelors Walk, Dublin
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