I visited Packie's twice and loved it both times!
The first time I went, I tried the potato pancakes with garlic butter as an appetizer. AMAZING! I've eaten potato pancakes my whole life, but have never had any like this!
I then tried one of the specials of the night; a fish called a Turbot. It was wonderful. A meaty, flavorful fish that I would easily order again if it was available, and I will definitely be looking for it on menus when I get home.
The second time I visited, I was planning to have the potato pancakes again, but they had on special for the night, a whole artichoke with sauce. I am not a sauce person when it comes to artichokes, so I asked for it plain. I devoured it. A special and surprising plus for me was that when I reached the heart, I didn't have to clean it. The kitchen had already done that. I have been in many supposedly upscale places before, and none of them ever cleaned the artichoke for me. I was highly impressed by this.
For my main course, I ordered the Kerry Rack of Lamb, medium rare. Unfortunately it came out medium, so it was a little on the tough and chewy side for my taste, but I didn't want to make a fuss, so I didn't send it back. It was served with a mint and red current sauce, and that helped make the lamb more flavorful.
I don't usually order desert, but I had seen an item on the night's special menu. I'm going to butcher the spelling, so I hope people know what I'm trying to say. It's called Profitallares or something like that. Basically, they're mini cream puffs, and were served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce. It was very good.
*Side note: If anyone ever tries to tell you that Irish cooking/food is dull and bland, don't believe them. Perhaps that was true fifteen/twenty years ago, but almost every restaurant I tried while on vacation in Ireland had lovely, FLAVORFUL, and INTERESTING food.
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