We've been going to An Canteen every year since they opened. We go as often as we can manage in our one week in Dingle, and have never been disappointed. We've also tried almost everything on their menu.
Their calamari is the best in the world and I have had it all over the world so I know what I'm talking about! I wish it was always on their menu. The prawns are sublime, too. They were so big, I mistook them for lobster, and they were meltingly tender (as is the calamari).
My husband usually has trouble deciding between the pork belly and the braised beef because both are so good. He's tried the fish and chips and loves them as much as I do. I order fish and chips everywhere we go and they're never as good as An Canteen's. Thank goodness they ARE always on the menu.
When my in-laws come with us, my MIL always has the ham terrine and warm salad and my FIL has the calamari and pork belly.
One year we had boxty which was perfectly prepared – crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside – served with a truffle oil rémoulade. The Cajun chicken salad is also excellent.
Our friends and my husband usually start with a soup. It's always different. So far we’ve had mushroom, chicken and mushroom, cream of vegetable, thai, and turnip-bacon. I can't order soup in most restaurants because the stock has MSG and gives me a migraine but I CAN eat the soup at An Canteen because he makes his own stock; plus, he never uses flour to thicken it, only fresh vegetables. I don't order it, though, I just taste everyone else's, because otherwise I wouldn't be able to finish my dinner.
Everything is home-made, in fact, including the tartare sauce and salad dressing. We’ve asked to take the salad dressing home with us, it’s that good. (We rent a cottage with a kitchen and prepare some of our meals ourselves.)
We're usually too full for dessert but, when we do order it, it's as good as the rest of the meal, especially the chocolate brownie.
My husband always has at least two of their craft brews. I’ve tried their cider and it’s much, much better than what you get everywhere else.
Oh, I almost forgot, Niall’s bread is to die for. We bring a loaf back every year for my MIL.
We have tried many other restaurants in Dingle, and some are very good, but this one really is our favorite restaurant in Dingle.
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