La Mere Zou.
My wife and I paid a visit recently to our most favourite restaurant in Ireland and we go there as often as we can afford. We are always warmly welcomed by the staff and the food and wine are really superb. This is a seriously professional operation with never ever a hint of disappointment.
During the week leading up to Patrick’s Day we arrived at 2:15 for lunch and the place was buzzing. There had been a recent change of menu and this was a chance for us to try something different. My wife went for her customary steak which was juicy and as tender as it could possibly be, beautifully served and plenty to eat without overcrowding the plate. I had two items that I had not tried before and I was not to be disappointed. For a starter I had the Ouef en Meurette (which is a soft-yoked egg poached in red wine and served on toasted croutons with caramelised onions, bacon lardons & jus). It was very delicate and a very good lead in to what was to follow which was braised Brittany rabbit with root vegetables served in a cast iron Le Creuset type container. I am always circumspect about rabbit as I often find it can be somewhat on the tough side: not this animal however. The dish was melt-in-the-mouth delicious and I will probably go back next week again to confirm my opinion. It was served with a side dish of creamed potatoes which was a prime example of how creamed potatoes should be done. The meal was washed down with a very good quality Juliénas, our favourite wine from the Beaujolais district of France. It was fruity and in absolutely perfect condition and went down far too easily indeed.
The desert was a real tour-de-force with chargrilled slices of fresh mango fruit accompanied by chilli, lime and sea salt, sorbet and coconut mousse. It was a very imaginative combination of flavours and one I shall remember for a long time to come. We will definitely be back next week for more!
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