Superb Dining at Red Cliff Lodge
in Spanish Point
|Beautifully presented starter: |
Chicken liver paté, with Hennessy brandy, hazelnut crumb, cherry gel and sea salt toasts
Christopher and Eimear King, newly returned from Spain, took over the Red Cliff Lodge early in the year and are doing a great job in this well located restaurant that overlooks the sea at Spanish Point in County Clare. An impressive location and also a very impressive, spacious and comfortable room.
I'm sure quite a few of you are familiar with Lanzarote. Perhaps you know the award winning Kristian's? It's in Puerto Del Carmen and our duo ran it for the five years before their recent return to Ireland and the Red Cliff.
The emphasis will be very much on local produce. Of course they don't have to go too far for fish and seafood in any case and suppliers include Cathal Sexton, Gerrighy's and Burren Smokehouse. "All meat and chicken on our menus are locally sourced by fourth generation master butcher Noel O'Connor and certified Irish."
Chef Christopher certainly knows how to handle this excellent produce and the dishes are superb. We had an excellent meal here as you see from the photographs. The only "bad" mark was a few undercooked potatoes with the Hake but the potatoes in the side dish were perfect! Very Highly Recommended if you're in the area.
I loved this Warm Thai Beef Salad, with caramelised cashew nuts,
pickled vegetables, sweet chilli and curry sauce
|Delicious breads and that beetroot hummus was superb|
Perfect: Baked Silver Hake, potatoes, radish and shrimp
Another well-executed dish: Salmon with Asparagus,
leek, bacon, sumac dust and lemon butter, well cooked and delicious
You're in luck if this is on: Apple and blackberry crumble with Vanilla ice cream and creamy custard
Meringue (strawberries and cream with mango and strawberry coulis)
|This is the ante-room, a few tables here but main restaurant, in much the same style, is to the left.|
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