Choosing between a table in the sheltered courtyard or the splendid Turner-designed conservatory is the hardest thing about dining at this restaurant—nearly everything on chef Paul Carroll's menu is a winner. He masterfully mixes Mediterranean moods in such dishes as the risotto of crab, avocado, ginger, and lemongrass foam, or his signature pork loin with duck fat roastie, caramelized onion, and girolles. But the tastiest thing here may be the conservatory: one of the most gorgeous dining rooms in all Europe, its hard-rock walls and Victorian greenhouse windows create a swooningly delicious ambience. There are barbecues in the courtyard every Sunday in summer. La Serre is part of the Village at Lyons complex that is built up around an historic canal stop and manor estate.
Village at Lyons, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare, Ireland