Social Savage (he said):
Having visited the original La Vie & Rose about a year and a half ago, we were quite interested in checking out the new location at the Killarney Country Club (seeing as we both fit in oh-so-well with the country club crowd). So we were thrilled to see La Vie & Rose was included in the spring edition of Restaurant Week.
Before mentioning anything else, a bombshell – I preferred their previous location. Hidden away, under a canopy of green, it was akin to relaxing in someone’s lavish garden. The new location overlooks the M1 north and a few tennis courts… At least the restaurant itself is very welcoming and wonderfully designed.
Right! So with that said, let’s move on to the food. They had three set options, which was nice, as I was really not in the mood to make decisions of this magnitude (this was our first day back home after our holiday). So I decided to go for the chicken livers starter, and the Asian burger as my main.
The livers are pan fried in a Moroccan-style napolitana sauce with some cream, and served right in the pan. The dish is rounded off with a crispy ciabatta – perfect to soak up all that delicious sauce. This was, for me at least, the perfect starter. Not too spicy, but with all the flavour you want to go with the unique texture of the chicken livers.
The burger’s patty is marinated in hoisin sauce, and then served with spring onions, coleslaw, and Sriracha mayo. This is quite an interesting take on a beef burger (my gut-feel would have been to use chicken), and it worked brilliantly! To my recollection (which fucking sucks on a good day), the burger was not on the “regular” menu. So La Vie & Rose, you can definitely add this one to your menu!
La Vie & Rose makes for a nice, relaxed lunch spot. Their menu has something for everyone, and the wine list is skilfully constructed.
BoozyFoodie (she said):
I was super keen to book La Vie and Rose as one of our Restaurant Week bookings, especially since they moved to the new venue. I miss the relaxing English Country Garden look of the previous location, but the clean and modern look of the new venue works good as well!
I decided to go with the vegatarian option. The complimentary platter to accompany our starters was a welcome surprise, and worked very well with our falafel and chicken liver starters.
My falalel dish (Gypsy Sue) was my favorite of the day! It is a new dish they created especially for Restaurant Week and I really hope they add it the menu! I don’t like aubergines and I even finished that part of the dish!
My main meal – Santa Rosa Pasta was very tasty as well. Pair that with great service – a lovely lunch experience!
And how is this for an awesome finish to a great meal – they stock PJ Pops! For those of you who don’t know – it is Pierre Jourdan/Haute Cabriere bubbly popsicles, ice cream for grown ups 🙂 Delish! (I know the pic is a little dark!)
PS: This isn’t a sponsored review