Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Mews. A Kenmare Delight.

The Mews. A Kenmare Delight.
Rather Special.
Sometimes it’s the little things. The things that don't cost that much, if anything. But that make a big impression. Take a couple of the little things on a recent visit to the lovely Mews Restaurant in Kenmare, opened last year by Gary Fitzgerald and Maria O'Sullivan.

First impressions? The smiles on entry. Indeed, throughout the evening. And another? The Gouda and spring onion bread that came as we sat down, along with a tasty tapenade. No big cost here! But a very good impression!

Not much good though being nice and chatty if the big things don't add up. Here, they do. Maria and chef Gary are an experienced pair in the business, having previously worked in places such as Park Hotel Kenmare, Menton’s at the Plaza Killarney, The Chart House Restaurant Dingle and the Limetree Restaurant Kenmare.
Their hard-won experience is being put to brilliant use here in the heart of Kenmare, just a few steps off Henry Street. Service was excellent throughout and so too was the food. In Kenmare, I always keep an eye out for the fish, especially the specials.

And they had Turbot, my favourite fish, on that evening. It was served with an Israeli couscous and an exotic salsa. It was perfectly cooked and tidily presented and worth every penny.

Meanwhile CL was thoroughly enjoying her fish dish, a regular on the menu: Oven baked fillet of hake, with tomato and aubergine fondue, potato rosti, salsa Verde, apple balsamic. Another delicious delight from the Atlantic via the Mews kitchen!
Quite a wine list here too, and delighted to note that it included a few by local organic wine importer Mary Pawle. With the fish, we sipped a glass of the Raimat Abadia, Chardonnay/Albarino. Earlier still, while checking the menus, I’d enjoyed a cool drop of Tio Pepe sherry.

Just like the mains, there’s a great list of starters here, lots of local producers mentioned throughout. I enjoyed a starter and a half, a trio of crostini: Dressed Dingle crab and shrimp with avocado salsa; Duck wontons with plum chutney; Blue cheese with hummus and chilli jam. CL did well too with her Baked field mushroom, filled with hummus, topped with Cashel blue cheese and chorizo, quinoa and pickled carrot, berry vinaigrette.

This turned out to be one of the best meals for us in a long while. And the finish was well up there too, even if we had to share the Rhubarb and white chocolate panna cotta, orange sorbet and amarena cherry cookies, each element a gem.

Sad to have it all come to an end but it was two happy customers that stepped out into the Kenmare night. Very Highly Recommended.

The Mews
Henry Court, Henry Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Phone: 064 6642829
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