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Birthday party at Gordon Ramsay’s by Ann Treacy
March 1, 2010, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Wicklow

Irish Grandma’s birthday is February 29 – but we celebrated on February 28. Fearghal sent me an email earlier in the week so say everything was arranged and he would pick us up at 12:30 on Sunday. He wouldn’t tell us where we were going. Some guessed the Roundwood Inn; but I thought that was too obvious. What none of us expected was the Gordon Ramsay restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton in Wicklow.

First, the hotel is beautiful! The setting is amazing. The restaurant a lower floor so I was amazed to see how wonderful the view was- you overlook the Sugarloaf Mountain. Apparently in the summer they have lunches out on the veranda. On Sunday they let the kids run around a bit out there between courses.

The service is stellar, as you would imagine. The girls tried to sneak from the bathroom to the table without anyone opening a door for them. I think the succeeded once. The food was wonderful. I had red pepper risotto for starter, tuna for mains and raspberry financiers with apple ice cream for dessert. We started with an amuse bouche of soup and a ton of bread. And we ended with a few trays of petit fours. We should never need to eat again. My favorite was the dessert. The apple ice cream was tart and was such an unusual but good blend with the raspberries. Also Kate got cookies and milk and shared so I got my chocolate fix too. It was a spectacular meal and Fearghal was so generous to invite all of us. We would have understood if he only brought Irish Grandma.

Gordon wasn’t there – but that’s OK we enjoyed the serenity of no one yelling. It really is a very relaxing place. We could get used to the lifestyle. Aine announced right away that she would be happy to live in the hotel. Lily gave Irish Grandma a rosary that she had made, which was very nice.

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