Koh Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge is squirrelled away off Abbey Street Upper, South of the river Liffey on what’s called the Millenium Walkway parallel to Jervis Street and so named because it leads towards Millenium Bridge (the narrow pedestrian bridge parallel to Ha’Penny Bridge). Siggy and I went there for dinner and drinks during a short city break in Dublin.
The restaurant has a classy sophisticated vibe despite it’s surroundings which are not particularly upmarket. There is a large bar area at the front where you could have cocktails before moving into the restaurant area at the rear of the restaurant. We were hungry so we asked to be seated straight away.
Thai crackers were a must to start of the night and these came with a good chilli dipping sauce and a spicy and thick satay dip. To drink we ordered some expensive cocktails. Mine was called a ‘Lonely Boy’ (I liked the sound of it being a Black Keys fan) and tasted a bit like Terry’s Chocolate Orange. I suspect it had some whiskey in it, which meant that I took it slowly as I don’t really like whiskey unless its in Baileys Irish Cream. Siggy’s was a special containing pineapple, lemon, white chocolate, Pino Grigio and honey.
To start I had the sticky spare ribs which were nicely cooked – not too dry or fibrous and nicely fatty in a sweet tasting sauce. Siggy had some nice spring rolls with an odd dipping sauce. For mains I had Pad Thai and Siggy had chicken with cashew nuts.
It was a big portion of noodles with decent chunks of chicken (no prawns or shrimp), plenty of ground nuts, but no great flavour until I added some dried chilli flakes that were available in a pot on the table.
Siggy struggled a bit with the strong soy flavour of the sauce in her dish. Usually it would come with spring onion and fried onion slices, but she’s as much a fan of onions as I am of whiskey.
Our bill came to just under 70 Euro, which felt a bit steep to me, but a lot of that was the cocktails and besides Dublin is just expensive full stop.
Here’s Koh’s website: http://www.koh.ie