Forgive the pun, but ‘Packie’s’ really packs a punch – a wide range of high quality seafood dishes – scallop, sole, halibut, lobster, crab, muscles, cod, prawns, bass, monkfish etc - at reasonable prices – mains ranging from 20 -34 Euros (the 34.00 item, is really two in one, to be precise, ‘Dover sole stuffed with little prawns in brandy crème of sauce or garlic butter’) – and an unusual number of land lover standbys, chicken Madeira, confit duck, fillet mignon, roast rack of Kerry lamb, but all done with a certain maritime flair - some with the occasional fantastic twist, ‘seafood sausage’ for instance! – all these dishes served with a truly wonderful staff as a side order – seriously kind, courteous, unpretentious and competent, nothing is too much trouble, and everything is warmly well done, they really serve you – plus a classy wine list, predominantly French (the man has taste) with some cunning antipodean selections – and excellent luxurious desserts, to complete what is really a sensational dining experience - leaving me with the impression of needing to come back just to check, to make absolutely certain, that it really was as good as it seemed - (I went five times in three weeks – just to be really really sure) – over to Dingle, Killarney, Waterville, Castletown, and somehow magnetically back to Kenmare to double check that my first overwhelmingly positive impressions weren’t just the happy accident of one good night, when everything gelled – and if it were just a one off, it has a range which has extended over three weeks! Owner chef Martin Hallissey, who occasionally appears smiling – and he has much to smile about -through the dark brown kitchen door, scanning the floor to see that all is well, has created a rare thing: a chef owned restaurant with what appears to be a totally harmonious staff relationship, plus a certain homey flair in the decoration and ambience to boot! Intimate candle lit corners, exposed stonewalls, tasteful artworks, ambient music unobtrusively playing, while the happy clatter of cutlery and porcelain plates, makes for a warm satisfying dining experience, that so far I find hard to beat anywhere in the ring of Kerry. The staff, the feeling, the quality, the freshness, are all outstanding, but in the end the knock out blow in Packie’s punch is the food itself!
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