My friend had been recently to the launch of Mcloughlins restaurant st Roganstown Hotel and country club. Reading her amazing blog and the pictures of the food made me want to go. So the 4 of us, her and her husband and me and mine booked a night away.
Tom Walsh is the head chef here. I have seen loads of pictures of Toms food from when he worked in Samphire. He has gotten lots of recognition also. This was really going to be a great treat.
Our room was spacious with a nice garden view. It was a cold November evening but we didn’t mind as we were not planning to leave the hotel.
Pre dinner drinks in the bar were great. It’s a nice cosy bar and the waiter was friendly. It was a nice chance for the 4 of us to catch up. The Prosecco was cold and the bar warm, makes for a very good start to any evening.
Walked over to our table for dinner at 7.30 we were treated to an amazing meal. The food is fresh with lovely delicate flavours. To start (below) was soup. Do you think I can remember what was in it? Nope. It was amazing and just what I needed on a winters night to get me all warmed up.
Next up was a Salmon Tartare. One of my favourite dishes of the evening. A big portion but again some very delicate flavours.
Followed by Fillet of Turbot, confit potato , truffle jus, trompette mushroom, Jerusalem artichoke it really was simply amazing. Flavour after flavour. The fish was executed perfectly. All components matched. A beautiful plate of colours, lease don’t mind my bad photography.
I was curious to try the Boxty potato, been from the west of Iteland I was brought up on Boxty. Tom did a great twist on the original. The presentation of the food here is “Wow” but what’s great is that it follows through with taste.
Last up was a Palate Cleanser , Strawberry, Ginger, Apple shot. Different flavours that worked in harmony with each other.
I was too full to have dessert but everyone else did and they all equally declared that it was fabulous. The food here is nothing but perfect served by friendly staff and of course cooked by a top chef.
Opening times for Mcloughlins
Dinner – Monday to Sunday: from 5:30pm last orders at 10pm,
Sunday Lunch: 12:00pm to 7:00pm
McLoughlins is a popular Restaurant near Dublin Airport and only 5 minutes drive from Swords in North Dublin.