The Odeon Bar at the top of Harcourt St re-opened its doors last November following a fancy new re-fit and overhaul. WeLoveTown and a few other bloggers/meeja people were invited along on Wednesday night last to sample their new menu and try out a few cocktails. The new management have done wonders with the re-fit, where once it was a bit empty and warehouse –y it is now much more luxurious and comfortable. Large silken curtains are draped at intervals which give each section a compact feel, the seats are plush and the whole vibe is very boudoir.
We started with cocktails, we had a ‘Porn Star Martini’ and a ‘Flirtini’ . The Porn Star Maritini won out with the vanilla infused vodka, passionfruit puree, Cointreau and lime juice. It was really refreshing and had that all important kick! We were advised to try the ‘Hot and Cold Cosmo’ which is on their food menu (the have special cocktails tailored for the food menu but more on them later!) it is described as ‘Citrus infused Smirnoff, Cointreau, Stoli Vanilla, Fresh Lime & Cranberry Juice, Simple Syrup & Egg White’. I am not sure where the hot and cold plays a part but it was certainly a delicious comso, with a real depth of flavour and a delight on the tastebuds.
The food menu consists of tapas sharing plates, perfect for a casual catch up with friends. A selection was brought out to us to sample, and the winning plate was the very more-ish Chorizo and Smoked Chicken , served in a cream sauce, delicious. We also loved the Brochetas Al Pollo (chicken skewers) , the Albondigas (meatballs made of beef and pork served in a delicious tomato sauce), Pan Pollo Enrollado (chicken breast rolled and stuffed with plums in a tarragon white wine sauce), and finally the Gambas Al Pil Pil (pan friend prawns in a pil pil sauce). Absolutely delicious food. At this stage we were getting full and a little merry but we were treated to a range of dessert cocktails.
We had a choice of Expresso Martini which had a beautiful vanilla vodka which was really smooth, a Black Forrest Gateau cocktail, which was quite rich and very strong and finally the winner which was a Banoffi cocktail. It has butterscotch, baileys, banana and a fresh cream layer dusted with a pastry crumb. It was superb.
The Odeon have a great deal on at the moment, with 3 tapas and a bottle of wine for €35, this is available Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm which is perfect for that post work catch up!
Thanks to Clodagh from BlinkPR and Lianne from the Odeon for looking after us so well on the night!