Burrowed in the heart of Temple Bar, The Meeting House (TMH) is a beautiful collaboration of Asian cuisine intertwined with a modern westernised-appeal. Nothing about the peripheral or interior decor mirrors Asian authenticity, but the carefully constructed menu suggests otherwise.
Operating under the same ownership as popular city-centre digs Pygmalion and Panti Bar, TMH naturally appeals to a suave audience that enjoys a fusion of cultures, food, drink and music.
The establishment is broken up into three distinct sections: the main restaurant floor on the ground level, a heated entertainment terrace area, and an elegant and intimate bar on the upper level. In the main restaurant a DJ sets the tone for a cool ambiance that compliments the art-work and coloured lights that adorn the walls and ceiling, while a jazz band plays contemporary beats to a crowd in the terrace.
Designed to share, the menu allows each person to taste the different infusions of unique flavours and textures on offer; but there are options available for individual dishes also. TMH also caters for vegetarians, vegans, and those with special dietary requirements such as lactose-intolerance and gluten-intolerance.
If you do opt to share platters it’s recommended that each person order 2-3 different plates from the ‘DIM SUM’ menu – which are smaller dishes but nonetheless offer a bounty of flavour – and 1-2 main dishes. Select fresh Asian side orders are also available.
We chose the vegetable tempura, mini Asian beef burgers and pork dumplings from the DIM SUM menu, the warm duck salad from the meat menu, and Asian sweet potatoes from the side menu. The portion size was satisfactory, and as a whole it was perfect to share between two people.
We also enjoyed a selection of small deserts including truffles and a medley of sweet cakes and sorbet. From the drinks menu we tasted the espresso martini’s, a ‘Cuba libre’, and a ‘dark ’n’ stormy’ which are from TMH 666 cocktail menu and are averagely priced at €6.66.
What really made our visit special were the accommodating, well-informed and friendly staff. We arrived for our reservation 30 minutes earlier than the time we booked, but we were welcomed and seated quickly and easily. All the staff we met (especially Eva and Luis) showed absolute expertise when speaking about the food and drink on offer, and took the time necessary to make our visit memorable.
Work is underway on the upper level which will see the upstairs bar become a premium cocktail bar with unique menus using high-end liqueurs and spirits, but a launch date for the venture has not yet been set.