The Roadside Tavern
Peter Curtin is one of the pioneering West Coast craft brewers, and fashioning his trio of beers – Burren Gold; Burren Red, and Burren Black – has given a powerful new animus to his family's 150-year-old bar. The Roadside Tavern is a destination that has the lot: great drinks; great food; great music; great fun; great ambience. The fact that the beers work so well with the food is another powerful attraction but, whatever it is that draws you to the door of this classic Irish pub, there is one truth about the Roadside Tavern that you will ultimately have to confront: it's easy to enter, and damned near impossible to leave.
Deliciousness is in the detail.
That’s what Kieran, and head chef Viv, understand in their work in the kitchen in Kieran's Kitchen, in the iconic Roadside Tavern, in pretty Lisdoonvarna.
The deliciousness means that they offer precise and refreshing cooking, served in what is one of the classic bars on the Wild Atlantic Way. The chowder is a beauty. The lamb stew is a masterpiece. Roasted monkfish with mango risotto makes you want to march up to the bar with an empty bowl and ask: “More, please!”
This cooking is, in the professional parlance, clean: everything tastes of itself, natural and alive, the flavours liberated by sure cooking technique, and it means the food eats beautifully, because Kieran and Viv and the crew have thought about the best way to confect a chowder, the best way to serve a fillet of monkfish. They know that the deliciousness lurks in the detail.
They are lucky, of course, to be able to serve their food in this great, sociable bar, with its fantastic craft beers, and its peerless atmosphere. The perfect cooking, in the perfect place.
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