Magic at Myrtleville: Bunnyconnellan’s
Great to walk in out of the February cold to a top class warming lunch in Myrtleville’s Bunnyconnellan’s. Bunny’s, long renowned for its stupendous ocean and coastal views, is now making waves because of its marvellous food, served up in a friendly and efficient way in the well appointed room.
For all that, I was really surprised to see the large numbers that turned up for lunch last Friday. Pleasantly surprised too at the large choice on the menu, something for everyone but especially for the fish lovers among you.
Reckon, I’m one at this stage. Studied the menu and the specials board, a mini one that they bring around to your table. As it turned out, we took the starters from the regular menu, the mains from the specials.
My opener was the Seafood Cake (Cod, salmon & potato cake with sweet chilli mayo). Very very tasty indeed, fully deserving of the title Fish Cake – many are just glorified Potato Cakes, but not here. The salad was fresh and crisp and the mayo spot-on.
For all that, I was casting envious eyes across the table at CL’s starter: the Poached Pear Salad (dressed leaves with blue cheese, walnuts & poached pears). What a smashing combination, really well balanced, as I found when I was offered a smidgeon.
Ready now for the main event: Grilled Bream on Fennel with a Chorizo cream sauce. A really lovely piece of fish, well cooked and fresh for sure. And that sauce was terrific, sharp and sweet at the same time, and went so well with the bream. And the fennel, cooked two ways, was another top notch accompaniment.
Quality fish was also the main ingredient, well it would be, of CL’s main dish: The Fish Pie, with salmon and white fish and a well made topping. Nice liquid too, so nice that a spoon was requested!
All the while, we were enjoying our wines. I had a White Rioja (El Coto), aromatic and fruity and a tarty finish, ideal with the fish, while CL sipped her Chilean Sauvignon Blanc (Torreon de Paredes) with typical New World characteristics, each at six euro per glass. The list here is short but good and there is a full bar service.
|Orange and almond tart.|
Orange and Almond Tart caught the eye on the Dessert Board and just one was ordered. Served with cream and a great tasting ice-cream, it was out of this world, the fruit beautifully incorporated into the well baked (rather large!) tart. Wow, what a finale.
Well not quite. For me, the last act of this gorgeous meal was a tall glass of Earl Grey and the last act of the visit was a stroll around the terrace to take in the fantastic views and then we left with a promise to ourselves to come back on a sunny day!