As committed foodies always on the look out for great food establishments, my better half & I made the hour's drive from belfast to warrenpoint in order to sample Restaurant 23's culinary wares & boy was it worth it
It did help that it was a glorious day & so the panoramic view from the full glass window over Carlingford bay helped set the atmosphere
We ordered a glass of wine each & had a look over the lunch menu. The set menu had 2 courses for £12.95, good value. We both went for Kilkeel crab & prawn on homemade fried soda bread followed by a celebration of Gloucester Old Spot pork
The starters arrived & without embellishment this was the freshest seafood I've had in years. It was gorgeous, perfect & made us really happy. We finished & stopped ourselves from licking the plate & waited on our mains
Ohio goodness, what a main. It was a slice of boned, rolled & roasted pork shoulder which was moist, soft & perfectly seasoned, beautiful. But that wasn't all, there was a perfectly cooked slice of fillet wrapped in crispy bacon, again perfectly seasoned & cooked, just the faintest hint of pinkness as good pork fillet should have. But there was more, a cold pork terrine ins French style topped with an apple & caramel jelly. The jelly was maybe just a touch too sweet but that is being picky
What also blew me away were the sides we ordered, not fancy, skinny fries, seasonal veg & on the waitress's recommendation the onion rings as I cannot resist them
In a lot of food establishments the sides are not thought about & are boring most of the time, not here! The onion rings had been soaked in vinegar before being deep fried & that added a beautiful background taste. The veg were simple roof veg but had been roasted in herbs, garlic & olive oil & were a soft, sweet tasty addition that complimented the pork well. The fries were hot & crispy, not a smudge of oil in site
We cleared our plates & ordered a coconut parfait with a passion fruit sorbet between us to finish. Whilst very good, it wasn't up to the taste sensations were had for the previous two courses
We loved it & will definitely be back!!
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