Showing posts with label Henry's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Henry's. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

This Summer's Dessert Destinations. The Sweetest Things.

 This Summer's Dessert Destinations 
The Sweetest Things.
Pier 26 (now CUSH) Ballycotton: This flower enhanced Pavlova with fresh strawberries, blackberries, poached apricots and Chantilly Cream (and a bit of rhubarb too) was a beauty, just the ticket to finish off an excellent meal.

The finalé at Killarney's Malarkey. Toffee Apple crumble with smoked treacle ice-cream.
Might not be the best photo but a cracking dessert.
A classic at Crackpots Encore in Kinsale: Poached Pears in mulled red wine. And it was a terrific version.
 Apple and Berry Crumble wasn’t the bravest of picks but it turned out to be a gem, beautifully made and presented - at Tramore's Copper Hen.
Friendly Henry's in Ennis served us this lovely Pear Tart with caramelised walnuts and ice-cream. 
Jammy Dodger (coconut and raspberry compote) by Bobo at The Glucksman, UCC. You don't see these too often nowadays.
 Mocha Choca Indulgent Cake at the Garden Café Truck by the Ballymaloe Cookery School.
You could say they know how to bake around here. Quality guaranteed.

From The Oar Restaurant in Doolin: Passionfruit Soufflé with a Passionfruit sorbet.

 From the Springboard Restaurant in Cork's Kingsley Hotel comes this delicious Lemon meringue éclair (choux pastry éclair, lemon curd filling, Italian meringue, mango sorbet)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Henry's Will Have You Smiling in Ennis

Henry's Will Have You Smiling in Ennis

Looking for a good meal in Ennis? Why not try the recently opened Henry's on Market Street? Here you get a royal Déise welcome from Dermot Fetton and some excellent dishes based on superb Banner produce. Nothing overly fancy here mind you, though cooking and presentation is excellent. Dermot, for so long the main man at the Cloister, gives his customers what they want, not what the chef thinks they should have.

Dermot and the team have moved to this new venue in recent months and it was abuzz on the April night that we visited and the man himself is very happy with the new venue (including its smaller more manageable size). I had forgotten my reading glasses and my host had a few pairs to try (including his own!). Where would you get that kind of service? By the way, they also do lunch here.


Once back with the glasses, I began to study the menu. My pick was the Slow Roast Pork Belly, Kale, Wine Jus. Excellent and a generous portion. Other starters included Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach, Poached Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart, Chowder and Soup. CL was very happy with her pick: Henry's Fishcakes, Leek and Smoked Bacon Fondue. As you can see from the picture, there was a dollop of cream in that. And you will see more cream in the menu!


The regular wine list contains the more popular types with seven of both white and red available by the glass. There is also another list with a step up in quality, and price. And, on the night we were in, there was also an offer list containing bin ends. And there is also a selection of Champagne, Dessert and Sparkling Wines. And, if you are in for a drink, Henry's has a separate wine bar with tall tables and seats, on the other side of the entrance, that can also be used as a waiting area or overflow from the restaurant itself. 

More cream again as my mains, one of the evening's specials, arrived. The John Dory came with a basil cream sauce. It was a lovely dish, with both the vegetables on the plate and on the side cooked to perfection, providing a tasty crunch to the delicious fish. CL's Duck Leg Confit came with a Lentil and Vegetable Ragout. The duck was perfect though the ragout seemed to have taken a touch too much wine!

You'll have quite a choice of mains here, eight or nine on the night we were in. The ten ounce
10oz Hereford Ribeye is always popular. There's also a braised daube of beef with a wine jus. A Lamb Shank with an unusual rosemary jus. The Chicken Breast Burger always goes down well. There's Fish 'n Chips of course, another popular choice; haddock is the usual fish. There’s the Roasted Salmon Fillet with Ratatouille and another fish offering is Hake with cauliflower and broccoli.


There's no shortage of desserts at Henry's. The list includes favourites such as Chocolate Cake, Bread and Butter Pudding, and Apple Tart-Tatin. You may also try Eton Mess, Glenown Farm Ice-Cream, or a Profiterole Sundae. And he could well have a special on offer as he had for our visit. We struck it lucky with a lovely Pear Tart served with caramelised walnuts and ice-cream. 

Prices are pretty keen here also and in the evenings watch out for the attractively priced two and three course offers. These are served all evening Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and until 6:00pm Saturdays and are priced at €21.50 and €25.00. And, with Dermot leading the front of house, service is friendly and helpful here.

Upper Market Street
Co. Clare.
TEL: 065-6899393
Also in Clare recently:
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Hazel Mountain Chocolate
The Burren Brewery
A Tour of Clare
St Tola Goats Cheese visit
Burren Gold Cheese
Red Cliff Lodge Restaurant Spanish Point
Oar Doolin
Noel's Restaurant at Bunratty Manor
Naughton's Kilkee
Coast of Clare