Hi Everyone,

Hope you are all enjoying your bank holiday Monday. Myself and Mr Dillon indulged in a little treat last night. We headed off to Flannerys bistro in Ballinrobe for a little piece of foodie heaven. I would much rather sacrifice junk food or take aways and go for one amazing meal like this one. Let me tantalise your tastebuds with a rundown of what I indulged in last night. 


belly pork starter

So for starter we both went for the belly pork. Slow cooked pork & black pudding with a delicious smoky bbq dressing and a vanilla purée. Absolutely mouthwatering. There was a good selection of starters soup, garlic mushrooms, goats cheese salad, spicy beef salad to name but a few. It was hard to choose as there were so many I’d have loved. I hadn’t tried the belly pork in Flannerys so I said I’d give it a whirl and it was worth every bite. 
On the main course menu there is loads to choose from. Stir fry, pasta, fish, chicken, duck,steak etc. There were also a good selection of specials. A few fishy dishes, but neither of us eat fish.There’s a butternut squash risotto for any veggies that looked amazing. We both decided to go for specials, I had the chargrilled cowboy steak. Mr Dillon went for Duck. We are just too predictable. 


chargrilled cowboy steak

The chargrilled cowboy steak was absolutely huge. I love my steak medium and it was just perfect with that gorgeous chargrilled smoky taste in the outside and perfectly soft pinkyness inside. It came with mushrooms, onions and pink peppercorn sauce on the side. I had never heard of cowboy steak and I don’t know what cut of meat it was. It looked a bit like a TBone. All I know is it tasted absolutely amazing and I just just couldn’t finish it. I mean seriously it was absolutely huge. 

My snapchat followers will have already seen a live running commentary of our delicious meal. I didn’t get a photo of Mr Dillons meal, he is not as social media obsessed as I am. Anyway his plate was clean and he was delighted with the duck, which came with veg and baby potatoes. Yummy!

I went for salad and sweet potatoe fries as my sides. These were both amazing, and the salad was deliciously fresh and crisp. I really hope more restaurants start adding sweet potatoe fries to the menu. #sweetpotatoefries are cool carbs and very popular among foodies. Well done Flannerys for being so fashion forward with sides. 


Obligitory bathroom selfie

So next up the dessert menu. All the desserts in Flannerys are amazing. You can tell they are made from scratch in house. There is serious attention to detail and it shines through in every bite. There was an apple and hazelnut crumble, pavlova, sticky toffee pudding and chocolate fondant among others. Again we are just too predictable. I went for the chocolate brownie, while Mr Dillon opted for lemon cheesecake. 


Chocolate brownies are my weakness and this one was particularly delightful. Crisp and crumbly on the outside soft and gooey on the inside. Well worth ditching the diet for. Vanilla icecream was the perfect partner to the richness of the brownie. A drizzle of white and milk chocolate completed this indulgent treat. 

So Flannerys bistro is located at corn market Ballinrobe Co Mayo. It’s only a 15 minute drive from our house so it’s pretty handy for us. I drove on this occassion and let Mr Dillon have a few pints. I think the food is well worth the drive. You can check out Flannerys on Facebook 

Flannerys bistro
Or at their website 

As always folks, thanks for reading. If you decide to try out Flannerys bistro let me know. I’d love to hear how you get on. If you are a restaurant owner and would like us to do a review get in touch at maria@mrsdillonsdiary.ie 

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Love Maria

Maria Dillon
Written by Maria Dillon