Last night, I went to the Silver Key in Ballinlough with my parents for a belated Mothers Day dinner for my mum. The Silver Key is my parents favourite restaurant in the city so it was the natural choice. It’s a bar as well as having the restaurant upstairs, so as you can imagine, because of the rugby, it was buzzing when we arrived.
The staff here are great and very efficient. We were seated promptly (having already made a reservation because otherwise there wouldn’t have been a table for us I’d say!). Having scanned the extensive menu, we made our selection.
We all had starters which were lovely – I had breaded garlic mushrooms with garlic mayo and a dressed salad, dad had his usual vegetable soup with soda bread and my mum opted for the brie in filo pastry – we all enjoyed it, however my mum did say that the brie was a little greasy being in the pastry; she was comparing it to the brie she had had the week previous when she went away for a few days with friends and stayed in the sneem hotel – this brie was superior she said (made in breadcrumbs rather than pastry).
For the main, my dad had a dish he had eaten before and enjoyed and he is a creature if habit when it comes to food (if he liked it before, he’ll get it again and again, not very adventurous!) – it was plaice with king prawns cooked in garlic butter and served with chips and salad. It did look pretty tasty I must say.
My mum is also lumped into the “creature of habit” category, even more so than my dad, so as usual she opted for the sirloin steak with crispy onions, mushrooms, potato gratin and veg…
The steak was huge! I have has the steak on a few occasions before and have to say it is delicious.
I took a bit of time deciding on what to have, you know when you don’t know what you’re in the mood for (!) And eventually decided on the penne pasta with red onion, cherry tomato, bell peppers and basil pesto and an addition of chicken and bacon, topped with parmesan cheese. It arrived with a serving of garlic bread also. I enjoyed it but for some reason it wasn’t what I expected, a bit too oily (probably due to the pesto to be fair) but it was just lacking a little bit in seasoning and something else but I don’t know what! Nevertheless, I still ate it (it was edible!) but I don’t think I’d have it again.
We were too full to order dessert so the bill came to 87e – that was for 3 starters, 3 mains (including a 12oz sirloin), a glass of house white and a pint of Heineken and a cappuccino. I thought this was pretty good value.
As I said already, there is quite a selection on the menu and I have tried a few of the dishes on previous visits and they were excellent. The food overall here is very good and this, together with the comfortable surroundings and good service, makes the Silver Key a great restaurant for any special occasion 🙂