Review: Super Miss Sue, Dublin 2

21 Jan

I passed a building site a few weeks ago. It was a work in progress but it was clear it would become an eatery. Fast forward a few weeks and this building site had transformed into the Cafe portion of Super Miss Sue. It is one of 2 eateries to open on the site, the other restaurant will follow along with a gin bar.

3 of us got a table here the other night. I was first to arrive and I was seated by some friendly staff, set up with drinks and the menu was explained. When the other two arrived, specials were explained to us and we set to examine the menu. There are small plates, oysters and a selection of larger plates along with a selection of sides. They also offer grilled platters.

Salmon Gradvalax

Salmon Gravlax

Scotch egg.

Scotch egg.

We started with smoked eel croquettes, Gravlax with saffron and citrus and a final plate of a cod brandade scotch egg. The smoked eel croquettes were disappointing for €8. They lacked any taste of the promised horseradish, and lacked any discernible quantity of eel, despite having a smoky taste. It was suggested that perhaps they were made with milk that had encountered some other smoked fish once upon a time. The salmon also lacked any citrus punch and was slightly on the salty side. The saffron made an appearance in a few dabs of oil on the plate. The best of the starters was the cod brandade scotch egg. It was cooked perfectly, but again was a little heavy on the seasoning.

For mains I opted for the hake special. It was served with chorizo and chickpeas. The fish was cooked nicely, the chorizo didn’t overpower but the chickpeas were dry and chalky. Dining companion A went for the ray special. This was served with a tomato/pepper sauce.  A modest wing was served and she was ultimately pleased with the dish. Dining companion B (who cooks for a living) was not so happy with their battered haddock. The batter still needed work in his opinion and he felt it hadn’t sealed the fish properly, resulting in a slightly oily bit of fish. The peas served with it were very disappointing, they looked unappealing and were devoid of any flavour or seasoning. The tartare sauce was also very one-dimensional. Generally it was thought that if you model yourself as largely a fish joint, these basics should be nailed. They still need work.

We skipped dessert and got three coffees that were on the border between too strong/slightly unpleasant. With four glasses of wine (€8.50) and two glasses of prosecco (€6.50) plus two sides it totalled out at €138. Super Miss Sue is a nice venue with friendly staff. The food however lets it down. If you had eaten the same food as pub grub, you’d be happy. However at this price, you expect the execution to be of a much higher level.

 

Super Miss Sue,

Unit 2-3 Drury Street car park.

Tel: (01) 6799009