This was our second visit. Last time we ordered a Mezze which is a about a dozen little dishes full of good things, like hummous, baba ganoush, fish shmear (for lack of a better word) and tabouleh. Think of it like Middle Eastern tapas. You get pita bread to tear and dip in the bowls as you see fit. This evening we ordered Beruit Mezze:
- good quality food, chef skill is satisfactory
- they offer specialty cuisine that is hard to find in Ireland
- fresh ingredients
- friendly (if a bit overextended) staff
- dreadfully hot inside
- wine prices are outrageous and no wine-by-the-glass
- patrons are served way too much food
- some items are hit or miss, i.e. in giving you a lot of food, they might skimp on the quality of the lamb to keep costs down.
I looked briefly at the Wine Menu and they start right off with €99 bottles and then--almost as a concession for the poor folks--they get into the €50 bottles. I'm not really sure why drinks prices are so outrageous in Ireland. Pubs in Ireland charge 5 or 6 euro for a pint of beer these days. The government is really heavy handed with liquor taxes, and the restaurants & bars aren't giving us any breaks.
Lastly a message to the owners: Guys, could you turn on a fan or something? It's always hot as blazes in there.