I love Hugo's. It's decor is intimate boudoir style. It's location is great on Merrion Row and the menu is great value for quality casual French dining. Set on the corner of Merrion Square, the blue exterior is friendly and welcoming.
Calling in on a Friday at 6pm for an early bird, or pre-theatre as several restaurants now call this early evening slot which runs from 4pm to 7pm, the restaurant was already pretty full. Coats taken and seated quickly towards the back of the restaurant we chose braised venison sausage for starter and steak at €3 supplement for main on a €19.50 two course menu (€24 for three courses).
The atmosphere about was chatty and warm. We quickly found ourselves chatting with the couple at the neighbouring table who were visiting Dublin from Chicago, the husband on a conference. Our starter arrived promptly; braised venison sausage on braised red cabbage with a drizzle of cream. It was delicious, the sausage full and meaty and the tasty red cabbage complementing the rich meat. We drank water with our starter but ordered two glasses of Cotes du Rhone (can't remember year etc).
Whilst waiting for our main to arrive, we discovered that the other neighbouring table was also over from Chicago-the wife was at a different conference. The two tables chatted across us and found they knew where each other lived! Cliche I know, but small world.
Our 8oz sirloin steak came with thin French fries, a nice side chopped salad and a jug of pepper sauce (Bearnaise an option). Mine had been ordered medium rare and it was cooked perfectly with a nice peppery taste to the sauce. The wine at €7.45 a glass was disappointing. It was a bit rough on the palate and was not the cheapest on the menu. I wouldn't choose it again.
There is no doubt our evening had been added to by our interaction with our neighbouring tables, but our food was well presented and served well. We left very satisfied into the dark Dublin night.
6 Merrion Row, Dublin 2