We stopped here on a recent trip to Dingle. We arrived at 5:30 on the button – probably moments after the front door was opened. We were, unsurprisingly, the first customers and we were welcomed warmly and shown to a table by the window at the front of the building. The menus arrived and we struggled to make a decision because there were so many tempting dishes on offer. Finally I chose the chicken livers in tomato and Mr W chose the ham and foie gras terrine for starters. For mains I opted for the roast Irish lamb with dauphine potato cake and pearl barley jus and himself went for the slow cooked rare breed pork with puy lentils and chorizo.
We were supplied with a jug of iced water and a basket of bread while our starters were being prepared. The menu description of the chicken livers was a bit limited so I wasn’t sure what to expect but what arrived was absolutely delightful, melt in the mouth livers in a savoury tomato which immediately transported me (mentally) to one of the best tapas experiences I’ve ever had. The ham terrine was amazing too – smooth and light and served with an onion jam and a smidge of vanilla salt which was a most unusual, yet interesting, combination. The sauce with the chicken livers was so good that I had to ask for extra bread in order to mop it all up. Delicious!
The main courses arrived and we weren’t disappointed! Fabulous dishes indeed, although they weren’t very photogenic. The jus that came with the lamb was delectable but there was an odd addition of a stewed tomato on top of the potato cake. This wasn’t mentioned on the menu and, in my opinion, it did nothing for the dish either aesthetically or taste-wise. The lamb was tender, tasty and cooked beautifully. I put the tomato to the side of the plate as I had no intention of eating it. The main courses were accompanied by a selection of very tasty roasted root vegetables – parsnips, carrots and celeriac. I also had a sample of the pork dish which had been slow cooked for a long number of hours. It was exquisite and Mr W thoroughly enjoyed it.
I’m not normally a dessert person but, having skipped lunch, I was quite hungry so I ordered creme brulee and sable biscuits and himself opted for the poached pear and almond tart. Both desserts were delightful but the pear and almond tart was probably the nicest one I’ve ever tasted. It was absolutely fantastic.
The White Sage is definitely worth a visit. The service was friendly without being intrusive, the music was very pleasant (the waiter’s selection we discovered) and the food was wonderful. I’ll be stopping here again, for sure. The Michelin critics were definitely on the ball in awarding this restaurant the prestigious Bib Gourmand.
Three courses, coffee and a bottle of Italian Ciu Ciu came to €90.80.