In September of last year Jan Gablech took over what locals knew as Ilia Tapas on the Dublin side of the main street in the centre of Mullingar and re-branded to Dominik’s. As you enter the restaurant, a stylish, elegant room, there are dinky green tub chairs located in the window, and behind is a long marble bar and coffee area. The décor is contemporary with modern tables and chairs and a deep red feature wall to the rear. The restaurant was buzzing, large groups and families made for a wonderful atmosphere, and all the staff looked like they were straight out of a vogue shoot.
There is a choice of two menus, a tasting menu which allows you to choose a selection of 6 dishes for €35.00, which also includes a tea/coffee, and the traditional A la Carte. Dishes that appear on the tasting menu are baked mushroom, soup of the day, antipasti, beef Carpaccio, black pudding salad, calamari, beetroot carpaccio, pork belly, beef fillet medallions, sea bass, scallops, mushrooms risotto, vegetarian peppers, a smoked salad roulade and a rack of lamb. It’s very comprehensive and even the pickiest eater can find 6 from that lot.
We decided to stick with the A la Carte where appetisers ranged in price anywhere from €6.50 to €9.50. We started with the Calamari and the Chicken Salad. The Chicken salad was excellent and priced at only €7.50. The chicken was in a light crispy batter and served on skewers and accompanied with a ceaser salad. The Calamari was an interesting interpretation which included a prawn paste, and we thought ti worked very well.
For mains Fred had the steak which was perfectly cooked and he thoroughly enjoyed it. My sea bass was wonderfully presented with a lime foam, mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables. The fish was cooked just so, and was light and delicate.
The wine list is comprehensive and offers an excellent choice, priced between €18.90 to €25.90, with most also available by the glass at €5.90. White wines include a Chilean Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc and an Italian Pinot Grigio at €22.90. The popular French Sancerre is available at €25.90, and a lively yet soft sparkling Prosecco at €23.90. The Red wines include an Italian Cabernet and a Chilean Merlot or a popular Cote de Rhone AC Premier Terroir at €25.90.
For desert I enjoyed the Crème Brulee (€6.90) which was perfection and thoroughly enjoyable. Fred had the Chocolate Brownie (€6.90) which was not too sweet and really choclatey, just as we like them.
Mullingar is now well and truly on the culinary map. Visit Dominik’s, you won’t be disappointed .