I was a lucky winner of a Facebook competition for two to enjoy the Chef Specials and a bottle of wine at Bay Restaurant in Clontarf.
When we arrived, the restaurant was busy, which was great to see on a Saturday in January, when many are at home recovering and saving their money after spending it during Christmas. The clientele was a mix of groups with families and small children to older couples celebrating a special occasion.
We were promptly greeted by a friendly waiter who showed us to our table and within minutes, a bottle of Lobitia, a lovely organic Chardonnay from Spain arrived. We were directed to the specials menu on the wall, where we could choose from three. A small appetizer of mixed crackers and hummus was brought over. I chose the pan fried sea bass fillet with Jerusalem artichoke puree, sardine pate with a spiced mixed lentils and pepper salsa. My husband chose the stuffed loin of Irish lamb with roasted vegetables tarte tatin and lamb jus. We snuck in two photos – next time we’re in, I’ll take more photos but didn’t want to have everyone looking at us 🙂
It is not often that I clean by plate but the food was so amazing, I couldn’t resist. In fact, we ordered the duet of creme brulee which was pistachio and white chocolate and a chocolate brownie for desert to top off a fantastic meal. All the products were fresh and the dishes had the warmth of home-made food. The chefs take great care in selecting the best quality ingredients. Something interesting and what you don’t see often but the total calorie where listed on the board and the menu lists an allergen guide for every dish. I can imagine this is very handy for those with allergies and dietary restrictions.
We booked in a sitter so we could dine alone but for those like us who have small kids, the restaurant offers a deal hard to come by – kids EAT free on Tuesdays from 4-7 pm (1 child per adult). Be sure to check out their website at bay.ie as they have breakfast, brunch, lunch, early bird, parties and more – I think it would be hard not to find something for everyone.
The service and cleanliness were all top notch. We’ll be back as a couple and a family! In fact, I organise a monthly coffee/breakfast for a social group I belong to and will be including Bay in the upcoming rotation.