Who knew that I would literally stumble across a Creole and Cajon restaurant in Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day?! No one, but my friends and I sure were excited to find such a gem just around the corner from the famous Temple Bar in central Dublin.
After almost walking past this quaint joint, we all decided to take a break from out St. Patty’s Day festivities and just find some real food. We did just that when we walked into Tante Zoe’s restaurant. The atmosphere was great and it served as a nice break from the craziness of Temple Bar and the surrounding area. We sat down and all I know is that I saw the word, “corn bread” and I knew I was going to be just alright. Ahh, the simple things that remind you of home while being abroad!
We received the menu and one of the first things that caught my eye was the Jambalaya, which is a blend of colorful rice and mixed vegetables. Jambalaya was created by French and Spanish inhabitants in New Orleans but, of course, Jambalaya’s roots originate from the slaves of the deep American south. In addition to the rice and veggies, there are other ingredients that can be added to create this amazing dish and the one variation that I wanted wasn’t going to be ready for some time, so I settled for the Tante Zoe Jambalaya, which included fresh fish, smoked fish, and shellfish.
After waiting 45 minutes for our food (-_-), the waitress brought out my HALF serving of Jambalaya. I could only imagine what an actual FULL serving of this Jambalaya looked like. It came with a serving of corn bread and one huge pepper that I quickly sat to the side. The fish and shellfish were amazing and tasted so fresh. The Jambalaya dish, overall, was amazing! However, the cornbread….let’s just say they gave it their best shot! We all can’t be perfect, right? Right.