Kilemore Quay is a picturesque heritage fishing village on the south east coast of Ireland about 22km from Wexford Town and has been an RNLI lifeboat station since 1847. With it’s thatched cottages, harbour and views out to the the Saltee Islands bird sanctuary and St Georges Channel it makes an ideal spot to stop off and explore a little of the local history, and have a bite of lunch of course.
We picked on the Silver Fox restaurant, from about half a dozen possibles, as the ideal spot and it turned out to be a good choice, although Josephine reported that the tea was an awful grey colour and tasted the same; but then if you will order tea when there is wine and cider available I have little sympathy!
Crab Claws & Prawns
Josephine only wanted a scone but I could not resist the Crabs claws and tiger prawns in garlic butter with a side salad. They managed to serve the claws so that you do not spend a great deal of time and effort attempting to dig the flesh out so it was a double treat!
We finished our visit with a visit to two “craft” shops along the front. Although they had one or two nice pieces most of their offerings were definitely geared to the lower end of the tourist market. If that is what sells who can blame them.
Altogether a very pleasant trip out.
As I was in town for a meeting thought I’d better check up and see that Deanes was keeping up it’s standards so I met up with Josephine and we headed for Howard Street. The board outside showed the special of the day to be whole sole, so that solved the choice problem; and they had not run out of Pinot Grigio. The sole came on the bone with a light lemon butter and was accompanied by green beans and new potatoes. Josephine is not a great lover of beans of any variety so that was my gain. We shared (2/3 to me) a crème brûlée which came in a sweet dish almost the size of a soup plate. Enough said, the standard and service are as good, if not better, than they were in April.
This restaurant was recommended to us by the hotel and, having checked the location out, was a little concerned as to it’s pedigree. There is a large moroccan restaurant opposite and a very swish looking french restaurant a couple of doors down. As they all close down for the afternnon and do not re-open until 7 p.m. there was no way of getting an indication of the interiors. Hugo has a small yellow door with hand painted notices in the windows announcing 2 courses from €15. The sign over the door says cuisine créative et provençale. Nothing ventured, nothing gained we arrived at around 7.30 and found it to be a fairly small room with around a dozen wooden tables with chairs to match.
There was one waitress and the menu came to the table on a blackboard. The wine list was on another blackboard on the wall and wines were offered in a choice of 5 sizes from whole bottles to small glasses. No prizes for guessing the size of our order.
The food! What can I say; creative; definately: provençal; never having been there I cannot comment.
All starters €7. I chose the Croquant de Chèvre à La Figue & aux Amandes. Do not translate this literally. It is a thick slice of goats cheese topped with fig conserve and almonds and it is mouth watering. The rest of the party were conservative and settled for the Foie Gras Maison aux Cranberries. They may be spelt the same but the cranberries here are not like those from Tesco’s.
Main Courses – €9 for salads or vegetarian and the dearest €15.
I had the speciality of the day which was a mix of prawns, whitefish, squid and octopus, pan seared and with a simple herbed olive oil sauce. I am at a loss to remember what everybody else had, but they made appreciative noises and you can see the choices on the board!
All Desserts €6:
I could not resist the Fondant Chocolade with Salade de Fruits.
All in all another memorable meal in a great atmosphere.
Fancied a change of venue for a quick lunch on Friday so, being somewhat of a fan of Michael Deanes reinvented restaurant, thought we would try the seafood bar. I should have known it was not the place for “quick”, this is not a complaint it’s just that you don’t rush things in Deanes! The service was efficient and the staff friendly and there were obviously a few regulars in and out. As is our wont we started with a glass Pinot Grigio which arrived in adequate quantity, none of your minimal unit measuring glasses here. Josephine settled on the smoked haddock chowder and I went for the salt and chilli squid. I am something of a specialist on this variation of squid and had not found anything to beat the one served in Shu on the Lisburn Road. This recipe definitely has the edge. There are no tentacles, which I happen to like, but it is cooked to perfection – not a hint of rubber – and has just the right amount of chilli bite. The light bed of salad and accompanying herb oil sets the whole dish off perfectly. Josephine was somewhat sceptical on the chowder feeling that the seafood version in the Oyster Bar at Victoria Square was more substantial. Midway through she had decided that it was as good as it gets and enthused on the flavour – I did get a sip and could not argue the point. Had we had more time we would most likely have tried the sweets as the ones on the next table were most enticing, still there is always another day.
We will add this to the list of excellent places for lunch at sensible prices and to this end I attach the link for the menu. Sorry no illustrations available.
Tucked in a corner of the ground floor, between ladies shoes and the stationery department, of the House of Fraser, is the Oyster Bar. As it’s name implies it specialises in shellfish and champagne and it makes a pretty good hand of serving both with a certain degree of panache. It is the perfect place to people watch whilst indulging in a seafood chowder or Dublin bay prawn (except for the colour they could almost pass for lobster) salad and a glass of what you fancy. The clientèle is mixed, parties of solicitors from the adjacent law courts, only on a Friday afternoon of course, to establishment matrons recovering from stress of choosing the right corsage. Being a fairly small establishment eavesdropping is de rigueur so you never know what you may learn. Give it a try, the food is great and the location, to say the least, interesting.