We had been looking forward to visiting Carnaween after hearing rave reviews from our friends for some time.
The location is fantastic with a view over the beautiful beach at Narin/Portnoo and a delightful interior done in cream and white.
This gives the restaurant a bright and lively ambience with real linen tablecloth and napkins, a true reflection of class.
We went for a joint starter of crayfish and mango and although it was tasty it could have done with a touch of marie rose sauce on the side as it was slightly dry but nevertheless very nice.
For mains my wife went for Hake which she said was really good and I went for Scampi. In over 40 years of eating in Donegal I have never been served with processed, frozen scampi before as it has always been fresh and generally homemade.
Hence the title of the review, this is the sort of scampi seen on a children's menu beside things like Moby Dick fish fingers and chips or Porky Pig sausages and chips.....In all about 14 pieces of scampi, all the same size and shape and pretty bland.
The chef should take himself off to the Highland Hotel in Glenties and learn how to serve great scampi, there the scampi is so fresh it is melt in the mouth with the batter so light and crispy it could have been spun by a spider...
We will return to Carnaween soon as our experience overall was good but I will go for something safe like a steak, admire the view and soak in the atmosphere.
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