The Ivy Restaurant at
Killarney's Victoria Hotel
|Goat cheese starter|
The Ivy Restaurant at Killarney’s Victoria Hotel is a splendid place to dine. There’s a high degree of comfort and space, a friendly and courteous team, and the food (not to mention the drink) doesn’t disappoint either. We had dinner there recently and can give it a big thumbs up!
The Ivy by the way is the main restaurant of the lovely hotel on the Muckross Road but has its own entrance and exit to the car park. There was a very warm welcome and soon we were studying the menu while sipping one of the impressive ales from the Killarney Brewing Company as the fire glowed nearby. They have two fires in this ultra comfortable and rather elegant room.
They have quite a list of starters and “small bites”. I rarely turn down a dish when St Tola is listed and so I gave the nod to the Baked Goat Cheese Crostini (Warm St-Tola Goats Cheese, Toasted Garlic Croutes, Black Cherry Compote, Almonds, Balsamic Reduction) at 13 euro.
A terrific mix of flavoursome textures and colours and I was up and running. CL probably got one of the most colourful dishes in the place with the Melange of Melon, Strawberry & Orange Duo of Raspberry & Champagne Sorbet, Yogurt, Honey & Mint Dressing (€12). Something different, something delicious.
She followed up with the Pan-seared Kerry Coast Cod, Leek Fondue, Maple Glazed Beetroot, Chorizo Crumble Limoncello & Saffron Crēme (€25). Hard to beat that oozing freshness and flavour.
And no let down with my mains either, straight from the grill. It was the The Ivy Steak Sandwich, 6oz Sirloin Steak, Garlic Ciabatta, Dijon Mayo, Rocket Leaves, Crispy Dried Onions, Pepper Sauce & Fries (€ 20). A superb piece of meat enhanced by very appropriate accompaniments, all well cooked and so a well satisfied customer.
Could we manage dessert after all that? Well we’d share one, becoming the usual at this stage! They also have a list of desserts wines and drinks. With a full bar, you won’t go short and they offer wines from all over, cocktails galore, and the best of whiskeys and other spirits along with beers and non alcoholic options. The hotel itself is also spacious, comfortable an excellent as we found out over a two night stay. Hope to get a blog post on that up soon.
|Rhubarb & Strawberry Crumble|
Check out the full menus here.