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Ideally located on Dawson Street, Amuse is a bijoux 40-seater restaurant owned and run by a couple, Joanna & Conor Dempsey. Conor leads the kitchen to create his own modern French-Asian style cuisine, unique in style to anywhere else in the city. The ambience in the restaurant is warm and friendly, with a professional and discreet service. An interesting and delightful wine list to complement the menus. Tasting Menus are the most popular way to enjoy this special place in the heart of Dublin!
Dublin, Co. Dublin D02 Y336
Hours of operation:
Tuesday - Saturday: 12.30pm-3pm and 6pm-9.30pm
€51 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
(01) 639 4889
Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Amuse Ratings and Reviews
Overall, I found Amuse to be a good experience, I was a little diissspoinyrd with my main course, due to the fact that Kimchi was added to my dish of Guinean fowl, as this is an extremely spicey hot addition I found it to be completely inappropriate and in my view was completely out of place with this dish. I did mention this to the waiter and he said he would inform the Chef!!
Amazing, Amazing. Everything about this meal was superb, superb food, superb wine pairing, superb service, amazingly friendly and helpful staff not to mention a great atmosphere. Not cheap but if you appreciate the really nice things in life this is the place to go in Dublin.
As ever, a superb dining experience with excellent service. Only bad point was major difficulty in making a booking. Phone on answer mode with no return call having left message. This happened on two separate occasions so much so that I thought the restaurant had gone out of business. Thankfully it hasn't!
In my view, Amuse serves some of the best food in Dublin. My wife and I have dined here on numerous occasions. I find it hard to believe that the Michelin inspectors have failed to award it a star so far. The cooking is a very original French-Japanese fusion: no other kitchen in Dublin is producing food like this. If you are looking for a distinctive fine dining experience you really should try this restaurant.
Big prices,small quantities .
I ate here with a friend recently and was very disappointed. The food itself was very different and beautifully presented. However it was served on cold plates and the food itself was only tepid. My main problem was that the portions were tiny and poor value for money. The service wasn't great either. We had to ask for our wine to be refilled on a couple of occasions.
Myself and my husband celebrated Christmas Eve at Amuse, it was our second time to visit this restaurant, we love it here. The food is exquisite, the service is fantastic, top class experience. We would recommend it for what ever the occasion.. it's a must.
First time visit - food was good but very little by way of service such as explanation of menu items. When asked for information waitress had to go off and check and took our order by writing details on her hand!
No wine recommendations and returned after we placed our order and told us we had to order vegetables with our mains!
The restaurant was very quiet for A Wednesday. There was a group of 6 or so and ourselves and when the larger group left we were on our own so the atmosphere was not great. We were served by three different staff and I would have preferred some consistency. As we left at 915pm one of the wait staff was smoking outside the door - not a good impression. A special starter was squid which unfortunately was so chewy that it was simply not enjoyable. I had enjoyed squid very simply done in a tapas bar in Seville a few weeks ago and it was far superior to the offering in Amuse. Main course was a little better. However the mashed potato was Luke warm only and the pheasant was cool. There were so few of us in the restaurant that there really was no excuse for the food not being hot. My dessert was novel in creation but nothing amazing. I had been looking forward to trying Amuse but was disappointed by the food and the ambience, especially as dinner here is not an inexpensive proposition. My friend wants to give it another chance.
We had the tasting menu which was fantastic...lovely flavours, a real taste experience. The staff were well informed and welcoming. Unfortunately I wasn't happy with the wine that was recommended and I asked to change it. I was not met with a very good response. It fact I thought it was very rude. Th waiter did not return to our table to see if everything was O.K. For this reason alone I would not be inclined to return.
The service was a bit patchy for a restaurant that only had 2 tables occupied. The Asian waitress needs to pay more attention to customers. Sometimes, she described courses, on other occasions, she didn't. Not to mention that we could hardly figure her words with her accent.
Apart from that, food was excellent.
Amuse is an excellent restaurant with friendly and attentive staff. The food is excellent - French-Japanese fusion. Each dish looked exquisite - modern art on a plate. The marriage of flavours was excellent and I certainly had some tastes I had never experienced before. I would recommend Amuse to people who are serious foodies and happy to experiment with new flavours and textures that are most certainly not found often in Ireland. The portions are not huge and that suited me though it may not be to everyone's liking. The wines are excellent if a tad pricy but that could be said for most restaurants.
It was our second time at Amuse, and like for the first time, the experience was outsanding. I'm pretty sure they will get a michelin star in a near future. Both the cuisine and the service are excellent, one of the 5 best restaurant in Dublin. If you like creative cuisine with a japaneese twist, you'll be delighted.
Overall we thought the standard of food in this French/ Japanese fusion restaurant was very good. It challenged our pallets and was beautiful to look at too.
We had a number of issues that would ensure that we do not return; firstly the drinks choice was limited to French wine, as someone allergic to French wine, this disappointed me greatly.
The first of our many courses were delivered in very quick succession due to the limited number of diners when we arrived, by the end of the meal we waited 20 minutes for desert, not ideal.
The waitresses were very quiet and really only focused on food delivery or clearing dishes, they did not notice empty glasses or offer more drinks at all.
The main issue with the restaurant on our visit was the atmosphere, it was entirely dictated by the head waiter/ sommelier; he was loud and over bearing, and totally over powered the small restaurant; he also had regular customers at one table that he gave at least half his time to. I my opinion discreet and attentive would have been a much better option.
Among the restaurants we dined at during our week in Dublin, this was clearly the best. The food was inventive and flavorful, and beautifully presented. The wine list is very short, but contains an adequate variety and is reasonably priced. We would gladly return.
Our family were on our last night of vacation. From the moment we entered the restaurant, the waiter was rude and condescending. We asked for assistance with selecting a bottle of wine. The waiter refused to give us any information, other than "that one is from Spain, and that one is from France" He continued to be rude, so we decided to leave. He was quite happy with our decision, and said we didn't need to pay for the wine. It was also clear that he was not rude and condescending to others in the restaurant.
Very clever and creative minds behind this dining experience! Each dish captivates you with its aromas and amazing tastes .... This place is perfect for those seeking a little bit of adventure out of their experience. Each dish with its own uniqueness installs curiosity and it is hard to suppress the urge to try the whole menu so will be back soon :)
We were extremely excited to come here based on the stellar reviews and came away a little bit disappointed. The food was gorgeous, creative and delicious. The concept is a great one with French/Asian fusion. (They even go the extra yard with a French server & an Asian server).
So, why wouldn't I go all in with a 5 review? Well, some areas fell short. Sat at 8:40 and requested the Tokyo to Paris Menu which stated it took 3 hrs, but were told that it was too late. Okay, no problem. BUT the pacing of the meal that we DID order (standard tasting menu) finished at 11:30?? Oh well, not a huge deal. Then, service was efficient enough (slow as mentioned) but so completely rote that it undermined the experience a bit. Again, no problem as it was still very good.
Major issues were a really uninspired wine pairing. You can't really call it a pairing if it's just serving wine with dinner, can you? Well, Amuse thinks so. Wines were good, but did NOTHING for the food. And a Pinot Noir served with a Miso Cod (Amazing dish, BTW)? I asked waiter why not a red and was told that people complained if there were 3 reds served out of 4 wines. Seriously.
Last "issue" was the cheese plate offered at dessert at an additional charge of 16.50. The cheeses were all good (although nothing stood out) but the only accompaniments were a cherry compote & some sesame crackers. Presentation was really sorry, too. I just have to say that I expected more based on the other dishes and price.
Bottom line, I would definitely recommend but would suggest that you order wines by the glass based on your preference. The standard dessert was delicious, so I'd stay away from the cheese plate.
Tip: They were unclear on the time of the last Tokyo to Paris service, so if interested, inquire when reserving. Final "tip:" if you do order the pairing and would like to start with a glass of wine or champagne, etc., they don't tell you that the first glass comes about 30 mins into your experience, so order ahead.
Amuse has a very french vibe going on. Their twist on french/asian cuisine is epic. This restaurant strikes the right balance between formal and relaxed dining. The wine pairing is a marriage made in heaven. These guys know their stuff and are confident enough not to overpower the diner with a sense of their own importance. The food awakens taste buds that have been asleep on the job for way too long and the ambiance relaxes. What a fusion.
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