One of my favourite things to do is go out, eat good food and drink delicious wine. Is it not everyone’s? That’s why I was absolutely delighted to be invited along to The Salthill Social a couple of weeks ago to test out their new evening menu. Anyone that has followed me for awhile will know that The Salthill Social is a bit of a haunt of mine already as I always go there for brunch and coffee. It also helps that it is literally less then a minute from my house! Taking both of those two things into consideration, you could understand why I was so excited to hear they were launching a new dinner menu. Salthill already has a few amazing places to eat but I’m always welcome of new places and it’s really great to see new businesses popping up and the street becoming even busier.
Anyone that has tried The Salthill Social’s brunch will know that it never disappoints so the standards were set at a high standard for their evening menu. I brought my sister/photographer along who is also a fellow foodie. Our mom’s an incredible cook and because of it we love good food, so she was the perfect plus one. It was also a nice way of being able to thank her for having the patience of a saint in dealing with me and taking all my photos. 🙂
On entry, we were greeted by some of the lovely staff, given a glass of bubbly and sat by the window. With that, it was time to inspect the menu. First thing that I noticed, was how extensive it is. There is something for everyone on it. They offer a range of light bites or tapas style dishes, sharing boards, mains, sides and delicious deserts.
To start, I opted for the calamari while Abbie went for the prawn gambas and we shared the patatas bravas between us. The key to good calamari is how its cooked and this was cooked to perfection. Lightly crispy on the outside and not at all chewy on the inside – calamari should never be tough or rubbery, if it is, then it hasn’t been cooked correctly. Usually, calamari will be served on it’s own with a side dip of alioli. This was served on a bed of rocket and finely chopped, ripe tomatoes and then drizzled with alioli. It was some of the nicest calamari I’ve ever had.It just melted in your mouth the way it is supposed to. I’m not a big prawn lover but Abbie was able to confirm the gambas were also delicious. The patatas bravas were as good as ones you would find in any small Spanish town.
For the main, I settled on the chicken skewers served with patatas bravas (again!) and my sister had the lamb skewers served with Moroccan style cous cous. Both were seriously tasty and bursting with flavours. Another main that I was eyeing up and that looked and smelled equally delicious was the paella! Next time!!
We were full to the brim at this stage and seriously struggling but we managed to compose ourselves and squeeze desert in. I’m definitely a “savoury over sweet” person, but I couldn’t resist the raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake when I spotted it on the menu. Served with homemade pistachio ice-cream, it was as good and as mouth watering as it sounds! Abbie was delighted to see there was a vegan option too which was the raw, blueberry cheesecake. One was as enjoyable and tasty as the other.
From start to finish, we had an incredible time. The staff were beyond friendly and helpful, the food and wine was delicious and the setting relaxing. It goes without saying that we will both definitely be back!
They will be serving their evening menu every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and you can make bookings on their site here.
I asked recently on my insta-stories if you guys would like to see more food posts and you answered with a resounding yes so I hope you guys enjoyed this!