This was my first visit to the Strand Restaurant. (I remember the hotel fondly from its days as a popular pub and music venue.). I had heard mixed reports about the restaurant before my visit and my conclusion afterwards was mixed too. There is no taking away from the fact that this formal eating house has one of the very best views in town. The food at the Strand was good, that wasn't the problem. For our main courses my husband decided upon steak, but was unsure (not being Irish) of the difference between the sirloin and T-bone cuts on offer. In the end he was asked impatiently by the maître d'... "well which one DO you want then?" He plumped for the sirloin before the offer was taken away altogether. It was very good indeed, but they manner in which the order was taken did leave a slight aftertaste. I ordered one of the specials, lightly pan fried cod, which was divine... simple, but perfectly cooked. Tasted liked it had jumped out of the sea and onto my plate, with only a quick visit to the frying pan on the way. The wine list was comprehensive, but both the food and wine a bit on the pricey side. The place lacked a cosy atmosphere, somehow, which is a pity given that this could be the best in town. I would advise anyone going there to study the menu before you go in (it's by the entrance) so you know what you want. Make sure to get a table by the window. (We did. It was cramped and we had to move one of the chairs round so we could both look out, but it was worth the trouble.) Ignore any impatient staff, enjoy your dinner and just sit back and enjoy one of the loveliest seaside views in Ireland.
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