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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

LORD EDWARD
DUBLIN, IRELAND

We're both big seafood nuts and did quite a bit of homework before taking off for Dublin.  The Lord Edward came highly recommended from friends who had "been there and done that."

The Lord Edward is said to be Dublin's oldest seafood restaurant with roots dating back to 1890.  They specialize in sole and lobster.

There's a rather rickety set of stairs leading up to this second floor eatery.  Once you reach the top you immediately find yourself in a "cozy" setting.  Actually I'd call it more cramped than cozy.  And almost immediately a rather snooty looking dude superficially greeted us and showed us to our table.

Our waiter arrived a short time later and he had the same attitude.  He was cocky verging on being a smart ass.  My wife and I both agreed that the guy was a jerk but we forged ahead with the meal.

I started off with some raw oysters and my wife ordered a cup of some sort of fish soup.  My oysters were great and the soup was okay.

For our main courses, I went with lobster thermidor and my wife chose sole au gratin.  My thermidor was good but it did not contain very many morsels of lobster.  My wife's cheesy sole was very, very good.

While the experience was less than wonderful thanks to the snooty staff the food was pretty good.  And maybe we just caught 'em on a bad night.  But you know what?  If you're really dying for fresh seafood and an overall "brilliant" dining experience (as they say in this part of the world) hop on a DART train to the nearby suburb of Howth and dine at King Sitric right on Dublin Bay.  It's the best!

The Lord Edward is located at 23 Christ Church Place opposite the Christ Church Cathedral.  Their telle is 01/454-2420 and reservations are required.

ADDITIONAL IRISH REVIEW:

King Sitric - Howth