Our night in Flannerys bistro Ballinrobe.

So myself and Mr Dillon, went out for dinner on Saturday night.
We had heard great things about Flannerys bistro and so we thought we would give it a try.
Our reservation was for 8.30, We arrived at approximately 8.20 and We took a seat in the bar and ordered some drinks.
While we were relaxing having our drinks, we were given menus to have a read.
This was a great idea, as our table wasn’t ready yet so we could make our decisions while we waited.
There was loads to chose from. Neither of us eat fish but there was a great selection of seafood on the menu.
eating-outThere were several options available for starters, I was torn between the spicy beef salad and the deep fried Brie.
The Brie won, when your out your out.
This came with a vanilla poached pear, & salad.
It was delicious.
Mr Dillon went for the belly pork which came with black pudding.
I had a little taste, it was well seasoned and slow cooked to perfection.
For the mains there was loads again including a few specials.
I was eyeing up the roast butternut squash tagliatelle.
The chicken in mushroom sauce looked good.
So did the caesar and blue cheese salad.
As usual I couldn’t resist the fillet steak.
This was cooked to perfection, just medium.
I like my steak soft and pinky on the inside. It was just perfect.
The steak came with pate topping. This wasn’t to my taste but it was easy to scrape it off.
The yummy buttery mash that was underneath and just enough pepper sauce was a delicious combination of flavours.
I opted for salad and veg to accompany my steak.
The veg was WOW, full of flavour.
It’s great to see a restaurant that cares about veg.
There was broccoli, parsnip and carrot and a collaboration of ratotulli style vegetables in a sweet sticky sauce.
The salad was crisp and came in a mustard style dressing.
There was fresh onion, tomatoes and mixed leaves.
Side dishes are important, as they can accelerate flavours in the main dish.
I love a good hot and cold combo and the attention to detail in these side dishes was refreshing.
My husband chose the roast duck.
Of course I had to have a taste.
It was yummy, he was well impressed.
The duck came with noodles and in Asian style sauce.
He also got a side dish of veg and potatoes.
By now we were bursting at the seams.
I needed to pause for a bit before dessert.
I was so full but everything else had been so delicious I was not going home without sampling the desserts.
So after a little break
We had a look at the dessert menu.
This came on a rustic mini blackboard with the desserts scrawled in chalk.
I loved this little touch it gave a vintage country tea room feel to the dessert menu.
There was cheesecake, and a chocolate brownie among other delights.
I went on a recommendation from Trevor the restaurant owner, and ordered the White chocolate fondant.

It said on the menu to allow 12 minutes this suited me perfectly as I needed to relax before the next course.
When it arrived it was pure perfection
Soft and gooey in the centre.
This paired with the cool vanilla ice cream was a marriage made in chocolate lovers heaven.

Mr Dillon went for a chocolate mousse teardrop.
Of course I had a tiny taste, it was light fluffy and creamy.
Absolutely amazing.

So let’s talk about the bill.
We had 3 courses each and drinks.
Making that 3 pints of smithwicks, 3 vodkas & sparkling water.
The bill came in just shy of €100
We thought this was very reasonable.
The quality of the food was exceptional.
Service was excellent, as there was no long delays, except when we needed it.
There was a lovely athmosphere in the the restaurant and although they were very busy, there was a feeling of relaxed ease in the place.
All in all, we loved it and will definitely return to Flannerys bistro again.

Maria Dillon
Written by Maria Dillon