The Griffith College Dublin Tranquilo Restaurant reopened on the 1st of March this year. This is Griffith College’s own training restaurant and has been in operation for four years running. Your servers are first year hospitality students in Griffith College. They are here to serve and learn, so be gentle with them.
The lunches run from Wednesday-Friday 12:30-2pm in AF301 which is the executive Boardroom above Arthur’s cafe. The restaraunt is open to College faculty members and students. There is a choice of a 2 course meal for €7 and a three course meal for €8 both inclusive of tea and coffee.
Claudine Maloney, the lecturer for Hospitality Operations, with 18 years experience in the hospitality industry, is the restaurant manager. The first year students who have not had much experience in this industry, are running the show. Claudine says ” The Restaraunt will be open for eight weeks. This work experience program has been running for four years now. The students enjoy it, they love it , they wish it was longer, and its to give them good grounding and skills.”
Adrienne, the head chef in Tranquillo, has worked side by side in London’s famous Ivy Restaurant with Michelin-Star Chef, Richard Corrigan. As well, she was involved in RTE’s Operation Transformation as a food stylist. Which is evident from all the healthy food choices (vegetarian, wheat free, dairy free, superfood, and sugar free) printed clearly on the bottom and beside each dish, on the menu.
The menu is posted weekly on their facebook page. Adrienne says ” I decide on the menu each week. It’s Seasonal and I have to love it. It’s full of healthy options and it’s what’s fashionable.” This is Adrienne’s second year in Tranquillo and when she is not here she is running her own pastry comapany called Food Glorious Food. In the kitchen with Adrienne are two students who are lucky to be learning the ropes from a pro.
Claudine, the manager, says “The hardest thing for the students is talking. Many of them are Asian so its getting them to be a bit more extroverted that’s a challenge. They need more confidence. The feedback from the customers is great. Every year as soon as the first semester starts, people are asking when the restaruant is opening.”
If your looking to book, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should answer the email back quite quickly. They will take walk ins, but they prefer bookings, as they do not want to put their students under pressure while still learning.
The verdict for a trainee restaurant is:
Food: 8/10 – I had lunch twice in Tranquilo first time I had the cod with sweet potatoes fries which was lovely and not to heavy. It could have done with some healthy sauce to make it a little more tasty. The second time I had the black bean chilli with guacamole which had a lot of flavour and again not to heavy.
Service: 7/10 – The first time I emailed and never heard back and when I arrived many waiters just walked past me without saying hello – a no no in this business but it was their first day. The second time the email was answered and booking was taken. When I arrived I was greeted by a very smiley Claudine the manager.
Ambience: 6/10 – This is where they need some good music and a bit more personality from the waiters.
Drink: 6/10 – water jugs were on the table but they were warm — a few ice cubes and some lemon or mint in the jugs would make it look a lot more professional.
Value: 10/10 – I don’t think I have had better value for my money in Dublin.
Make sure to bring cash as Credit cards are not accepted. Go along and have a great lunch and support your fellow students.