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Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration

Food & DrinkBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration
Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration
Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration
Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration
Platform 61 pulled out all the stops with 1969 themed birthday celebration

South William Street’s Platform 61 celebrated its birthday in style this weekend as the restaurant threw a 1961 themed party.

In attendance were Snapchat superstars, James Kavanagh and James Patrice aka Jus de James, alongside celebrity stylist and TV presenter, Courtney Smith.

Guests were greeted with Platform 61’s signature cocktail – the P61 on arrival, and over the course of the evening served a five-course tasting menu inspired by the glamour, chic and excitement of New York City in 1961.

 James Kavanagh and Zoe Hertelendi

The courses included gin cured salmon with gin and tonic jelly and cucumber ribbons; duck confit with sweet potato fondant and foie gras brûlée, and trio of desserts including a white chocolate crème brûlée, vanilla ice-cream with pumpkin seed oil and a gluten-free chocolate brownie.

Some guests also braved ‘The Donald’ cocktail, launched by the restaurant last week in honour of the restaurant’s least favourite American.

The Donald

 It featured ginger to celebrate the infamous billionaire’s trademark comb-over, orange liqueur to mimic the reality tv star’s skin colouring, and a ‘wall’ of salt and some Mexican tequila in honour of his favourite southern neighbours.

The restaurant will soon be launching ‘The Hilary’, another signature cocktail and it’s expected to be a suitably icy affair.

Owner Zoe Hertelendi was delighted with the birthday celebrations, remarking “It’s been a whirlwind year but we’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback the restaurant has received from customers. 

Courtney Smith and Zoe Hertelendi

“We were delighted to welcome customers old and new to celebrate our first year and hope to welcome many more for years to come to South William Street.’’

The 1961 theme was a nod to the restaurant setting which is is inspired by Track 61, a secret subway platform under the Waldorf Astoria in New York City used by the likes of Franklin D. Roosevelt and home to Andy Warhol’s infamous underground parties

Platform 61 offers imaginative food, elegant wines and extraordinary cocktails in the intimate surroundings of an underground hideaway on South William Street in Dublin’s city centre.