Each year we try to improve and develop our menu at VL Restaurant here in Lahinch County Clare Ireland.
There are lots of pub restaurants in Lahinch and some family dining restaurants but we have the only fine dining restaurant in Lahinch
Chef John Gilmartin works out his ideas over the winter and we chat about what our guests like to eat. We also look around for new produce or products from local suppliers like St Tola Goats Cheese, Burren Smoke House, our fish supplier CS Fish and our vegetable supplier Richardsons. Our purchasing is exacting and quality driven. We often refuse produce because it is not presented well or the quality fails. There is a lot spoken about local provenance. We find that we just have to travel beyond Clare for Lamb and Beef, Duck and Chicken. We source from the Midlands, Cork and Wicklow sometimes depending on seasonality.
The dishes that really stand out this year are ;
Chicken Liver Parfait Crème Brulee, White Grape, Celery, Hazelnut
This starter is absolutely melt in the mouth creamy and the fruit brigs some acidity to the palate. Served with some brioche it really is a delight.
John Dory, Tenderstem Broccoli, Samphire, Crisp Prociutto, Borlotti Bean, Garlic Emulsion
John Dory is caught off the Doonbeg Coast by Cathal Sexton and we get it within hours of arriving on shore. It is a lovely light fish with bite. The Broccoli and Samphire combine well adding texture and the Prociutto adds a crunchy smokey dimension. There is an elegance and simplicity about this dish yet this combination of flavours is not an easy balance to achieve.
Rhubarb and White Chocolate Cannelloni Poached Rhubarb, Vanilla Ice Cream
What a delightful way to finish off a lovely meal. The summer is nearly here and served to you on plate.
Try these and other lovely dishes from our early summer menu at VL Restaurant
Open Tuesday evenings through Saturday 6.30pm to 9.15pm
Tel 065 7081111