Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sea Church. The Splendid New Dining Venue in Ballycotton

Sea Church
The Bright New Dining Venue in Ballycotton

With restaurants scheduled to open (in some form or other at the end of June),  I thought I'd let you know about Sea Church, the new restaurant in Ballycotton, which was our last outing (Mar 11th) before the lockdown. It closed a few days later. Let's hope it and other restaurants will be up and running before the summer runs out!

Pan Roasted Fillet of Hake with Carrot Puree, Steamed Greens, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes. A generous well executed dish with superb greens and a winning purée instead of a heavy creamy sauce. And an unlisted helping of super potato mash.
We enjoyed a sterling lunch there. Breakfast and dinner are also available and you are welcome to drop in any time of day though you may have to reserve for peak times.

Snitzel of Chicken. Crispy Coated 200g of Chicken Fillet. Plain, with Chicken Gravy, Hand Cut Chips and Caesar Dressed Leaves. For an extra euro came a terrific moistening pizza style topping of chorizo and cheese. The Schnitzel itself was excellent as were those skin-on fries. Be sure and spend that extra euro - well worth it!
A few local producers are name checked on the menu, the coffee is roasted in Youghal and the head chef Owen Davidson has declared that “menus take inspiration from the surrounding landscape, utilising the fantastic fresh seafood and ingredients we have right here on our doorstep”. And that certainly seems to be the case as modern Irish cooking, of a crackingly high standard, is what you get here.

This temptation dripping dessert caught lots of eyes as it was paraded to the table. Presentation is neat and tidy all through and especially with this teasing Black Forest Mousse (Cherry and Kirsch Compote, Shaven Chocolate, and Chocolate Cream). Decadent. Delicious.

Much more modest but still another gorgeous dessert: Apple and Calvados Crumble, with Vanilla Ice Cream, Orchard Thieves Custard

The view from our table

The church is the music venue while the restaurant is in the old school to the right, both beautifully restored.

A sheltered outdoor area (above and below)

Another outdoor table
Why not take the short stroll to the village to check out the harbour and the lighthouse.
Probably best done before your meal!

Sea Church
Co. Cork
Tel: 021 2340525

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