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They were praying
for the weather to dry up when we arrived at Cafe Serendipity on the Western
Road one night last week. We joined in the prayers. They weren’t answered but
our wish for a good dinner certainly was and we spent a happy hour being well cared
for by Aideen (the General Manager), Krzysztof (Head Chef) and Keeley
The fire was on
and we enjoyed its warmth and glow and also the artwork on the whitewashed stone wall as we settled
into our comfortable seats. Then we studied the menu and it looked very
promising indeed and that good feeling was enhanced with the arrival of the
mini-specials board to the table. These had a terrific selection of fish dishes
and one very special dessert!
We went with the
specials for the main course. I was delighted with my Pan Fried Hake, served
with Rösti Potatoes, chorizo chowder, jumbo capers, sundried tomatoes, and
crispy Parma ham (16.00). A good mix of flavours, some nice sharpness from the
capers and tomatoes and gorgeous fresh fish. Wondering what the chorizo chowder
was? Just the sauce but a terrific one.
John Dory, with fondant potatoes, baby carrots,
asparagus, Samphire, artichokes and saffron beurre blanc (20.00) was the other special
at our table and that too drew the kudos. Looked well and tasted even better.
The starters came from the regular list and were none
the worse for that. CL enjoyed her Serendipity Smoked Chicken Salad. My pick
was the Hot Calamari Salad - Artichokes,
jumbo capers, red onions, asparagus, figs and sundried tomato (7.00), one of
the best squid starters I’ve had in a while.
Prune Crème Brûlée
For dessert, it was back to
the Special Boards for CL and a lovely Natural Yoghurt and Red Wine
Barry Compote (4.25). Something different for me too, though from the regular list:
Prune Crème BrûléewithPine
nut shortbread, a lovely variation on the Crème Brûlée theme.
A Happy Hour?
Yes indeed. Perhaps a bit longer, closer to two hours, but we enjoyed the time
spent there, the excellent food and friendly service.