After a hard day at the races, one could do worse than to have an evening meal in the bar area of the Killarney Park Hotel, Co Kerry. This 5 star establishment guarantees standards all year round, but in busy periods like race week, it still valiantly maintains these standards under pressure. Having had a good lunch earlier in the day, main courses and dessert were all we fancied, even though we were tempted by a very impressive starter menu which included the Dingle Bay seafood Chowder at € 7.95 and the Chilli Beef Fillet and Orange Salad at €14. I had the most magnificent fish curry, where fish and sauce merged perfectly, allowing the true flavour and texture of the fish to survive and be complemented by its sauce (unlike a certain Indian restaurant in Majorca I reviewed recently). These guys know their fish and their sauces, blending flavours perfectly. With a fine glass of Rioja, at €8 per glass, heaven was fast approaching. So much so that we waived dessert for some fine peppermint tea and chocolate petit fours that weren't on the menu, but which the staff very kindly rustled up for us. All in all, a most pleasant dining experience, an oasis of calm and decorum in a very busy tourist mecca in Co Kerry. The only 'eyebrow raiser' was the €7.30 paid for peppermint tea for two. However as we know well, its not the actual value of the goods we are paying for and when it comes to standards, The Killarney Park has them all. So we'll be back to try the main restaurant as soon as possible, given the great 5 star 'bar food' not to be missed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Five Star Killarney Park Hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World is wonderfully situated in the picturesque town of Killarney - Ireland's premier tourist destination - celebrated throughout the world for its magnificent scenery, attractions and welcoming people. Reflecting its town centre location, the only 5* hotel in Killarney Town Centre offers guests the ultimate in luxury, in comfortable yet contemporary surroundings, whilst at all times offering flawless service and "Warmth Beyond the Smile". With 67 bedrooms and suites, a full service Spa offering Elemis Treatments together with our exclusive BIOTEC Facial & Health & Fitness Suite, the Park Restaurant, Garden Bar and our welcoming Garden Terrace in addition to the attractions, Killarney National Park, world class golf courses available in Kerry, the Killarney Park Hotel is your natural choice for a pleasant, luxurious and relaxing stay. Complimentary Car Parking and Free WiFi for all guests. ... more less
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