We called into Kinvara on our way home from our holiday in Clare for an evening meal. It was about 8pm and this restaurant was packed. We were met at the door and informed we would have a 30 min wait for a table - 2 adults and 4 children.
The only seats available to wait at were the tall chairs at the bar and this was entirely OK as this is more of a restaurant than a bar so most people were eating. The bar man was the saviour of the day as he chatted and messed around with our kids as we were waiting. They were laughing and joking with him and the wait was made so easy as a result.
When our order was being taken, I explained about our daughters allergies (all dairy products; all egg; all fish and seafood; and all nuts). I asked if they done half portions of any of the meat/chicken dishes - they hesitated at this, trying to think of what could be done, and then the barman intervened and suggested a minute steak. This was a perfect solution as it was basically what Sinead wanted - she had steak in a recent restaurant and it went down a treat.
On the note of half portions - this restaurant offers half portions for a lot of their seafood dishes which delighted our eldest daughter who had tiger prawns. There is also seafood chowder on the kids menu which our youngest daughter had a go at (3 yrs old). This is so refreshing from the usual kids menu (though the usual sausages, goujons etc were present as well).
The minute steak was huge - Sinead devoured it with all her potatoes and vegetables so it went down a treat.
We like to think the quality of a restaurant and the food it serves is quickly revealed to us through how easily they can deal with Sinead's allergies. It shows how freshly prepared their food is etc. The Pier Head qualifies with flying colours.
All in, a great restaurant in a beautiful location and a lovely way to end our holiday. Thanks to everyone at The Pier Head Restaurant, Kinvara, Co Galway. If you have the opportunity, have a meal here. It is a great spot.
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