Sometimes, an unplanned event can turn into a fantastic experience. One of these unplanned events was a dinner in Waterford city. On a wet Saturday, we found ourselves walking along Waterford's streets enjoying an afternoon of shopping, admiring Waterford's treasures and just relaxing.
There and then, we decided to book ourselves in for a dinner at L'Atmosphere (https://www.restaurant-latmosphere.com/), a French bistro located in one of the quaint streets of Waterford. By 6:30pm, we walked into an already busy restaurant.
As the name suggests, the restaurant is just cozy. We were welcomed and brought to our table where a candle awaited our arrival. Glancing over the menu, we decided to go for the early bird which is very competitively priced.
What we noticed immediately is how professional the staff are, just 2 people serving approx 16 tables without any glitches, both floating around effortless serving delicious food, having friendly conversations with the guests, welcoming people and providing advise on the correct wine selection. We had our choice quickly made, Dolores went for the vegetable risotto where I opted for the chicken liver pate. Making a perfect risotto is not easy, but at L'atmosphere they have just mastered it to perfection as the risotto is served with a gorgeous texture and flavour. The chicken liver pate was homemade and came with a beautiful onion marmalade and toasted bread
For the main course , i opted for the confit duck leg where Dolores went for the beef Bourguignon. By the time the main dishes came out, we knew we were in for something special.
The duck came with the best roast potatoes and vegetables, the beef Bourguignon which had been cooking for a couple of hours was brought to the table in a cast iron pot. The succulent beef with a mixture of organic vegetables was just rich and and was just perfecton a cold November evening.
In the meantime, the restaurant had filled up, and we are not surprised with the high quality of food being served.
A lady on one of the neighbouring tables recommended that we should try the desserts too, so decision was quickly made. I went for the chocolate souffle where Dolores went for the Creme Brulee. We enjoyed it that much that I forgot to take pictures of these mouth tantalizing desserts.
The final bill came to a very reasonable €74 which also included a bottle of Malbec ... In our view, the three course early bird menu which comes at €23 is amazing value for money.
All we can say is that L'Atmosphere is a must visit restaurant whenever you find yourself in Waterford, a hidden gem where the professional waiters and the team in the kitchen create an unforgettable dining experience.
About the Author
We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield