I had the tasting menu with paired wines here recently and found it excellent. The setting of the Adare Manor brings the experience to another level.
We started the evening with a drink in the bar outside. This is not to be missed as the room is pretty stunning. Once in the restaurant, our table was located outside the main dining room in an long room created from an original stone canopy. The light is dim which could bother some diners. The staff at main reception were not very welcoming initially, however, after this in the bar and restaurant the staff were excellent.
The tasting menu had six courses (excluding amuse, sorbet and petit fours) and all were excellent. These were crab salad, pork belly, sea bass, fillet beef, pineapple carpaccio and chocolate parfait. The highlights of the meal were for me the pork belly, beef and parfait. The flavours in the beef dish were particularly good. Paired wines were made up mostly of new worlders (Chilean cab sav, Argentinan sauvignon etc) which complemented the dishes well. There was a prosecco in place of a more traditional dessert wine. I am a huge dessert wine fan so this was a little disappointing. At 100euro with wine per person the value was good. The setting is unquestionably special.
There were some flaws, however, I'm not sure if all diners would be bothered by these things. These were: the welcome at reception (as mentioned), the bread (far too doughy and without the flavours their titles described - reheated?), the amuse bouche (goats cheese was bland and over-powered by the batter it was cooked in) and the choice of prosecco instead of a more traditional dessert wine.
I would recommend Adare Manor, in particular for an occasion.
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