Exceptional. Fish lover’s dream. Fresh and fulfilling.
Cookie FM Rating – 4.5/5
There’s a reason it’s the #1 place to dine in Bantry! We booked a table at The Fish Kitchen the day before (this is a must), and my gosh am I glad we did. We were given a window seat for four, the intimate dining room features an exterior style brick wall with comfortable wooden furniture.
I opted for a three course meal, starting with the Dingle Crabmeat & Avocado Salad. It was delicious; the crab meat was plentiful, extremely fresh and very light, perfectly accompanied by two avocado slices and a fresh dressed salad. I did try my aunt’s Prawn Scampi (that day’s starter special), and my gosh this was the best scampi ever! Large langoustine prawns, deep-fried with a garlic mayo on the side.
For my main I ordered the Seared Tuna on House Salad with Sundried Tomatoes & Caper Berries (that day’s mains special) – and three of us actually ordered this special, the fourth the Pan Fried Hake (another day’s special). WOW! This was the best tuna steak I’ve eaten, that purely focused on the fish. It was cooked rare, seared on the outside, cut into four large chunks, atop a bed of salad leaves with the tomatoes and caper berries, and a slice of lime. It was succulent, fresh and actually rather light. We were also served two sides of chips and one of vegetables (carrots & broccoli). Everything about this dish was perfect, I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.
For dessert, I opted for the Baileys & Maltesers Cheesecake. This features two of my most favourite things combined in one of my favourite cakes, and it was pretty nice. The cream of the cheesecake was light and nicely combined with Baileys and finely crushed Maltesers, however the flavour of the Irish liquor was too subtle, and I only tasted two whole Maltesers. Two others ordered the Bakewell Tart and the Vanilla Creme Brûlée, which were alright.
Kudos to our waitress, who generously accommodated my Dad’s vegetarian diet, giving him an off-the-menu option of the Deep Fried Durrus Cheese. My aunt and I also shared a bottle of the Caves de la Tourangelle Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2015, which was lovely and complimentary of the food. Overall, this meal was exquisite and we all left with big smiles and fond memories of our dinner. If you’re after a fishy-fish kind of eatery, that offer a variety of daily specials and use local Irish ingredients, then book yourself in – Cookie FM highly recommends The Fish Kitchen!
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Dingle Crabmeat & Avocado Salad
Seared Tuna on House Salad with Sundried Tomatoes & Caper Berries
Baileys & Maltesers Cheesecake
Caves de la Tourangelle Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Fish Kitchen, 10 New Street, Town Lots, Bantry, Co. Cork
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