Okay, last time I write a review for this place, I had only had brunch and had shopped at the bakery/deli in town.
I recently won a Valentines competition on Facebook for dinner for two at the Gourmet Tart Co. in Salthill. I had only eaten brunch before there and it was really good. So this evening we pulled our fingers out and went..
We were greeted by a lovely French lady who gave us a choice of seating, it was busy enough but filled up quite quickly after we arrived. There was a really lovely atmosphere, dimmed lights, candles in little pink votives on the tables, really romantic, nice place to go on a first date too (but I'm married ;-p), fantastic menu, 4 course menu for €25!!!! Such an amazing price is hard to find for such top drawer food and the best Prosecco I have ever had!!!! In my opinion, the Gourmet Tart Company is the most unpretentious place where you get such food, COMPLETELY Underrated, its Michelin star worthy and I don't just say that for anywhere that I enjoy the food, this place really is SMASHING!!! Presentation is immaculate, attention to detail and a lot of thought and care goes into the dishes, not to mention love. The chef must have a big heart 'cause it shows in the food! From the outside, it looks nothing, looks like just a bakery, but you have to go inside, it's like a well kept secret!
First, for starters, I had shredded beef croquettes, served on a wooden board with beautiful salad on a bed of horseradish and pomegranate seeds and in a ramekin, home made pickle, GORGEOUS, really generous amounts of beef in that delicious crumb. After the table was cleared, we were presented with a palate cleanser of Blood Orange and cardamom Sorbet and then on to mains, which was a mushroom risotto with truffle. I don't like mushrooms ( I call them earthy slugs) but something made me order this and I adored it!!!! So creamy, you could taste the delicious wine through it....so yum! Ryan had the lamb burger, succulent lamb between two slices of toasted ciabatta, salad and the yummiest chunkiest chips, all built up into a little cube of crisp potato, I couldn't help but pinch one, and since all their food is cooked with rapeseed oil, it was flavoursome, tasted twice cooked (parboiled then fried), sophisticated 'burger and chips'.
Staff constantly made sure we were OK, such lovely girls, our water bottle was always full and our bread basket was never empty..
Finally, the part I was dying for, dessert, or as English people say time for 'pudding'. I am a self confessed chocoholic, so I had the Chocolate and Orange pave with hazelnut ice cream and a baked orange slice, it was like a chocolate cake that was made from chocolate truffle, dense, indulgent and certainly satisfied my need for chocolate this evening. Even the coffee was bloody perfect! Rich and smokey! There's nothing you can fault this place on!!!! Ok, there is....just the noise level, large wall space, wooden floors and high ceilings....if you want a quiet cup of coffee, too many lunching mummy's with kids,and all trying to speak over each other so you're forced to shout over the noise :( That's all, it's not like that at night, all adults in raptures over the divine food! My husband is a pain to satisfy, very rarely he is so moved by a restaurant, bad service makes him so moody and even 5 star hotels we've eaten in were 'mediocre' to him....but GTC almost brought a tear to his eye, he is in love with this place!
If they keep going the way they are...Michelin stars wont be far off..... well done guys!
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