I am so surprised that the Ice House is rated only 17th of 35 restaurants on Tripadvisor. Having run - at speed- away from the food in our hotel, this was the star of our eating out in Ballina. The staff were all professional and courteous. The children's menus were excellent and not all of the sausage/burger/nuggets chips chips chips variety that most restaurants seem to think is acceptable. In fact, when our daughters meals arrived, we genuinely thought that there had been a mistake and that they'd been given adult meals. Portion size and presentation was A1.
Adults meals were absolutely delicious. I had a prawn skewer with caramelised pineapple and goats cheese to start, followed by tuna for mains and a delicious lime cheesecake for dessert. Yum yum YUM. Fresh, again well presented and beautiful garnishes on everything. The Teenage Garbage Bin had the chowder and pronounced it delicious. Number 2 son had the homemade goujons which were moist, tender and flavoursome. Again it was a meal which was not thankfully typical of a children's menu. €160 for a full meal for 6 to include wine and a cocktail for Daddy was not, on the face of it, cheap but to our minds represented excellent value given the work that went into each meal.
The hotel looks for feedback from the diners and we did point out our only gripe which was that the service was slow - and perhaps even worse, that not all people at our table were served contemporaneously. Hopefully this can be addressed. We look forward to returning
(By the way, there is a spa attached to the restaurant which we took a peek into. Looks fab, bab, fab)
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