Stitch and Bear

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Tannery, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

It's been ages since I last ate at the Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan. But I got a surprise the last weekend we visited the in-laws. Sunday lunch had been booked at the Tannery. Mmmm...

Firstly, the Tannery is located in a beautiful old building, and appears dark when you first enter. However, as the waiters lead you up the stairs to the dining area, it opens up and sunlight floods in through the roof. It's a light, bright airy dining space.

The Sunday lunch menu consisted of 3 starters, 5 mains (with a E5 supplement for the Bouillabaise) and 5 desserts for E30 a head. I'm not convinced that it's the best value around, but I'm always keen to give the food of Paul Flynn a go.

For starters I chose the McConnells smoked fish plate which comprised smoked mackerel served with beetroot and horseradish, salmon, potato and creme fraiche, trout and fennel compote and finally, a shot of the parsley and parmesan soup. I wasn't very keen on the soup as I'm not a fan of the strong taste of parsley. Out of all the flavours, the beetroot and horseradish, when combined with the mackerel, was delicious.

4 out of the 6 of us sitting at the table chose the slow-cooked lamb with Moroccan vegetables and mint yogurt as our main. How could you not when it sounded so good? What I got was of mixed standard. The Moroccan vegetables, fresh warm hoummous, mint yougurt and couscous accompanying the lamb were simply divine with rich, exotic flavours. However, the lamb itself was a bit variable, demonstrated by the little piles of fat left on many of our plates.

The other mains chosen by our table were the roast chicken with ham hock cannelloni and the grilled cod. The cod was cooked beautifully but the bread salad contained olives, which weren't advertised on the menu, and significantly changed the expected flavour of the dish.

From the minute that we had sat down to eat, we had been looking forward to the desserts. And they did not disappoint. I love anything involving meringues, fruit and cream so I plumped for the rhubarb meringue fool - and it was good! Too good, because when I came to the end, I was wanting more.

We ordered coffees, which were included in the E30, when the bill came, but we were charged as additional 10% due to the size of our party. Overall, we were very pleased with our lunch, but at the same time wondered if we had paid just a 'little' too much?

The Tannery Restaurant, 10 Quay Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. 058 - 45420

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