So is fine-dining dead? No, not when you visit the Irish county of ‘lovely’ Leitrim in the beautiful little town, Carrick-on-Shannon.
I have never previously visited Ireland, so this weekend when I got the opportunity to wine and dine in St. George’s Terrace Restaurant, lose my Guinness virginity and crash a random couple’s wedding – I jumped for the opportunity (but that’s a whole new story).
The restaurant is housed in a red bricked, quaint, Victorian building on the street from which it takes its name and has already gained positive review after review on the sublime food (foodies just can’t resist). The building was once home to a bank and this is fairly obvious from the high-ceiling dining rooms, a cute bar area, busy kitchen and even a small cookery school.
We were greeted warmly by the Manager of St George’s and two waitresses, who then showed us to our table. We examined the wine list first of all (obviously) and chose the French white, Picpoul Classique AOC, Domaine Des Lauriers, Coteaux De Languedoc 2015 – ‘young and pleasant on the nose with exotic fruit and peaches. Harmonious, delicate palate with an exuberant hint of exotic fruits’. €32.00
The decoration of the restaurant is beautifully welcoming and has a modernised interior in comparison to such an old-bricked exterior. With white linen table cloths and a sophisticated wine bottle display next to the entrance of the kitchen.
The meal began with a selection of different breads, including a soda and wholegrain one. These were served in a small lidded tin and accompanied with a delicious, but slightly too hard Irish butter.
The bread was then followed up by a small appetizer ‘Amuse Bouche of Goat’s Cheese Foam’, which was presented very inventively in an egg shell. The mousse dissolved as soon as it hit your mouth and left a beautiful, but cheesy taste in your mouth upon swallowing.
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