It was a sunny day so we sat in the courtyard and as it was a late lunch there was no one else around. In spite of this lack of ambience I quite enjoyed the quietness. I also lacked the powder blue and wood decor of the dining room and on a busy evening it would be a nice place to enjoy dinner.
I had the salt and pepper squid with an Asian salad. I enjoyed the flavours but they were very subtle. There was some sweet and sour elements to the salad a little bitterness from the chicory. The squid itself was a little bland and the proportion of salad v squid was heavy towards the salad. I had heard ravings about the calamari salad from the Luke Mangan days and I wasn't convinced this was it or as good in spite of it being pleasant enough.
The dish didn't need gravy as it was moist enough. The porchetta was juicy enough and the colcannon helped keep it wet but the "gravy" helped with the flavours as the pork was a little underseasoned. The crackling was great, the pork meat was dense and the colcannon was a good accompaniment. First time I've had capers in colcannon and whilst I enjoyed it I'm not sure I'd be rushing to buy capers for my mash.