This quaint restaurant rests on the outskirts of Letterkenny Town just off the Dry Arch roundabout, a nice quite area away from the hustle and noise of the town.
The Restaurant\ ambiance
The atmosphere of this restaurant is magical; it has got the real authentic feel of Italy! From the black and white Italian pictures on the wall to the empty “Chianti” wine bottles that hung over the counter and sat smothered in wax from a burning candle on each table, to the Italian music, a 50” plasma which ran a slide show of Italian landscapes, and the wonderful aromas escaping from the kitchen, we felt like we were on a romantic holiday in a snug somewhere in the heart of Italy!
The Tuesday night we arrived I was surprised to see many of the tables were occupied. We were instantly shown to our seats, handed a menu and the special’s menu was show to us. All of this was done with a friendly smile. After ordering, the service continued to be attentive with the waiters/waitresses there on hand if needed and not intrusive in any way. They made sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy our meal.
In short the staff were friendly, attentive and very professional.
The menu was extensive and very well presented. We had “Focaccia” (an Italian bread with black pepper and olive oil) to start. The bread was thin, even thinner than a pizza and cut likewise into slices. It was delicious. For our mains we had a Monkfish on Mash potato with a chief special sauce and a Spiced Chicken in tomato and basil sauce.
The Monkfish had the most delicious sauce I have ever tasted and the Spiced Chicken was juicy (not too dry) and had a nice kick (which my partner likes) cooled by the tomato and basil sauce. The vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli) that accompanied our food had an excellent texture (not overcooked or too crunchy). The Monkfish had just the right amount of moistness (I don’t like it too “wet”) and was very tasty indeed.
There are no salt or pepper shakers on the table, which I had never seen before. I asked for some black pepper (out of habit, even though the food did not need it) and parmesan cheese and these were promptly brought to our table by the staff and while the cheese was left the pepper was not.
When asked if we would like a drink while we wait we instinctively asked for a “Heineken” but were told that the only beer’s served were Italian, which we ordered (when in Rome…). I had never had an Italian beer before and found it to be very enjoyable. I wish I could remember the name of it. The Wines are reasonably priced and not being wine experts we picked an Italian red at random. The wine was delicious and served at room temperature. Like the beer I will make a point (at my next visit) to take note of the name.
To our surprise the chef (a true Italian) came out from his kitchen afterward’s to ask about the food and was very friendly. You can tell by the taste in his food that he cooks with passion and he likes to know what your thoughts are on it. He is quite the character and very easy to talk to. Everything this man made was cooked to perfection, but the flavors (which are fantastic) cannot be truly explained in words. You must try this for yourself. There is only one chef in this restraint and he cook’s it all himself. A job well done too…
My husband and I could never decide on a restaurant to stick to, but now we have found this restaurant we look forward to going out for dinner as we know that we are always in for a real treat when we visit La Fantasia. The food here is definitely what you call fine dining. The service and atmosphere of the place was extremely high. For us “La Fantasia” truly is Letterkenny’s “Little Italy”.
Price range is good, starter = 4-8 euro, main = 12 – 25 euro, beer = “less than a Heineken”, Wine = avg 20/bottle.
We would recommend “La Fantasia” for all our friends and family and we will definitely be back in the not too distant future.
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