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Seafood With Soul at Sole Seafood and Grill Review

Sole Seafood & Grill is located on South William Street, just across the road from the Powerscourt Centre and is an absolute must try dining experience for all seafood lovers. For the team behind Sole, guests’ satisfaction is paramount. Their high standards have been recognised on a global stage, as Sole has picked up the award for ‘Best Luxury Seafood Restaurant in Europe’ at World Luxury Restaurant Awards, three years running. An incredible achievement for a restaurant that only opened its doors in 2018 and testament to the quality of the food and service.

Obviously, you choose to dine at Sole for its wonderful array of seafood however, if there is a member of your party that might prefer a meat option, they are in luck as Sole is the sister restaurant of Fire Steakhouse and the choice of meat options on offer is excellent. Both restaurants are under the watchful eye of Culinary Director Richie Wilson.

We decided that we were going to go for a full seafood experience. We started with a glass of prosecco and six oysters from Connemara. Oysters are a focal point in Sole with a variety of oysters from five different farms around Ireland to choose from.  The oysters were served with beautiful raspberry & shallot vinaigrette dressing.  

To start, we choose the Scallops and the Squid. The presentation of the scallops dish was stunning, it was simply art on plate. The tender scallops were perfectly complimented with crisp pancetta, a soft pea puree and finished with a delicate scallop coral sauce. The tempura squid was flash fried in a light crisp batter and served with lemon and garlic mayo. This simple starter was packed with flavour and crunch.

Each night at Sole there are very tempting specials available and we couldn’t resist the main course special of Pan Seared Sole. Served with creamy mash potatoes and young stem broccoli the dish also included crayfish tails in a lime beurre blanc. This was the stand out dish for us.  For our second main course, we chose the Sea Bass fillet. The pan fried fresh sea bass was paired withoyster tempura on a bed of purple potatoes and finished with a cauliflower puree. The oyster tempura was a decadent treat in this dish, the crispness of the batter paired perfectly with the succulent oyster.

A tangy Lemon Tart and a Strawberry Crumble using, North Dublin Strawberries, were the perfect sweet end to our Sole meal.  When writing about the experience at Sole you cannot leave out a mention of the staff. The well trained, attentive and friendly staff add to the whole dining experience and it is clear to see why the restaurant is so highly rated on recommendation websites. 

There are a number of ways you can choose to dine in Sole, you can order from the al a carte menu, the Early Evening menu two course €32.50 or the three course €36.50 available Wed-Thurs 5pm-7pm and Fri-Sun 5pm to 6pm. There is also the Table D’Hôte menu,  offering three course €55 per person.  When we dined in Sole one of us chose from the Al a Carte and the other the early bird menu. Our three course meal with two glasses of wine and one cocktail came to €147.40, which we believe to be excellent value for the quality of the meal.

When we return, and we certainly plan to, we will be trying one of Soles amazing seafood towers designed for sharing and include an option of steaming hot grilled Irish lobster. 

Final thought, Sole offers beautiful food and excellent service in stylish surroundings which all adds up to an excellent fine dining experience.

Sole Seafood & Grill
18-19 William St
Dublin 2
D02 KV76

+353 (1) 544 2300

sole.ie

WRITTEN BY ABIGAIL FOX CARROLL & CLYDE CARROLL