The interior of the World Gate Restaurant at An Grianan, Termonfeckin. Photo: Marcin W Photography.
Fresh lobster, no shell, flamed with asparagus and a whiskey sauce at The World Gate Restaurant.
Scallops, saffron cream and leeks
The ultimate take-away - Lobster with whiskey sauce, tomato, polenta, asparagus from Drummond House and Violeta Potatoes from Ballymakenny Farm.
Heritage potatoes from Ballymakenny Farm.
When the World Gate Restaurant opened its doors in An Grianan Termonfeckin on December 4th last year it was immediately obvious that this was a restaurant like no other in the region and the difference is the quality of the food and the cooking.
The proprietors of World Gate, Stan Danthouard and Chef Thomas, are the perfect team, Stan has the business head while Thomas has impeccable qualifications and experience having worked for many years in Michelin starred restaurants in Paris.
Remarkably the two are both from the same small town of Senlis, which is just North of Paris, but they had never met until Stan contacted Thomas asking him to be the chef in a restaurant he was thinking of opening in Termonfeckin.
Thomas said yes but he came as a business partner instead of an employee and now they are the closest of friends and, as Thomas told Drogheda Life over the weekend, they are like brothers.
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Which is just as well because they have been working together and very busy right from the very start. Drogheda Life ran a feature on the World Gate the day after they opened and the restaurant, which has seating for just 44 people, was booked out for months.
Word spread and for the next three months the restaurant was working at full capacity every weekend and getting rave reviews.
Customers, actually Thomas prefers to call them guests, couldn’t get enough of the cuisine and they were coming back again and again, the Michelin organisation had been in touch and the future looked more than rosy.
And then along came the Coronavirus.
Like every restaurant in the world, The World Gate had to close but soon Thomas was busy supplying take away orders which were hugely popular, have a look at the video below and you’ll realise why:
Sadly, while Thomas has been busy with the business and making sure they overcome the hurdles thrown at them by covid- 19, he hasn’t seen his wife in over three months because she is in Paris and couldn’t travel until now.
She is arriving today however. in time for the grand reopening of the World Gate which takes place on Friday night.
The re-opening night is already booked out but if you’d like to experience French and European cuisine at its most sublime then we have no hesitation in recommending the World Gate Restaurant.
“We’re French but not too difficult” Thomas says. In other words, you’ll be served the very best of local produce cooked to absolute perfection and it won’t break the bank.
To book your table call 041 988 1474. To whet your appetite even further see either the World Gate Restaurant Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/worldgaterestaurant/ or their website https://theworldgaterestaurant.com/
Here is a sample menu:
RIB eye steak. Served with baby potatoes, vegetables.Comes with the homemade French sauce: The Béarnaise.
All the mains are served with baby Potatoes, basmati Rice or leaves.