We had a marvelous time a couple of nights ago at Niall and Veasna's. My boyfriend and I were in Ireland for his birthday, and I wanted to surprise him with a unique experience; we both love trying cuisines new to us, and I reckoned that Cambodian food in Dublin would be a nice break from all the Western meals we'd undoubtedly have. Veasna admittedly didn't have many reviews, but they were all so complimentary and effusive, so I thought I'd take a chance. I wasn't disappointed in the least!
My boyfriend is allergic to peanuts, and I'm Middle Eastern and don't eat pork, so we had a few dietary restrictions. I knew how difficult that could make a Southeast Asian meal, but Veasna and Niall gave us a memorable, authentic experience regardless of our limitations. After drinks and an appetizer in their beautiful two-story house tucked away in a quaint alley, they ushered us to the CUTEST little courtyard outside of kitchen with a table set for two. The dishes were exquisite and ***wonderful***. The portions were generous with tender proteins and a great balance of flavors with spiciness tailored just to our liking. We were positively overwhelmed by everything in front of us -- the beef, the fish, the chicken, and the soup: a delicious and creamy yellow curry with fish and spinach in a hand-carved coconut for each of us. "The best soup I've ever had," my boyfriend said, describing it as very "craveable." He was speechless for most of the meal, and by the time dessert rolled out, we were so full but pushed through!
Thank you so much, Niall and Veasna, for your hospitality. The quantity, quality, freshness, and savory nature of the meal made it unforgettable and was the highlight of my boyfriend's birthday in Dublin -- it was a surprise he never could have imagined. Highly recommend, without reservation!