|Eala Bhán Dining Room|
Eala Bhán is situated in the heart of the town beside the Garavogue River - a location that, for me, has echoes of the Left Bank in Paris. White swans can often be seen swimming along the river and it is from them that the restaurant takes its name as Eala Bhán translates from the Irish as ‘the white swan’. The restaurant is owned by Sligo native Anthony Gray who also owns Trá Bhán in nearby Strandhill. As the current President of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Anthony is a well-known figure in the Irish hospitality industry but it is his support of the local food scene that has seen his two restaurants go from strength-to-strength, garnering many awards along the way.
|Trio of Duck|
First up was an amuse bouche of Sweet Potato Soup which was served in an espresso cup. It was well-seasoned, flavoursome and warming, giving us a sense of the food that was to follow. Both starters were sizeable; not that we were complaining as we had arrived with good appetites. My Lemon Buttered Scallops (€11.95) was a lovely dish comprising three wonderfully plump and perfectly cooked scallops with a lovely caramelised exterior giving way to a soft centre, full of the sweet tastes of the sea. A saffron aioli was a fragrant accompaniment whilst a pea purée accentuated the inherent sweetness of the scallops. However, it was the slightly acidic apple chutney which, along with the lemon, counterbalanced the overall richness and brought everything alive on the palate.
|Irish Cider Onion Rings|
|Halibut with Asparagus Risotto|
|Mini Baked Alaska|
My guest decided on the Eala Bhán Eton Mess (€7.95) - an interesting reworking of this classic dessert where strawberries which had been macerated in port and bananas were folded along with crushed homemade meringues into some lightly whipped cream. A warm milk chocolate sauce completed proceedings and was an unusual addition.
|Eala Bhán Eton Mess|
It is not hard to see why Eala Bhán is so popular both with locals and with visitors to Sligo as the restaurant is serving some really great food. I loved the cosy but classy feel of the restaurant and the warm welcome we received from our waitress Claudine who helped make our night so enjoyable. Anthony Gray has assembled a great team around him including Head Chef Marcin Szczodrowski and Pastry Chef Elina Aleksandrova. If you are in Sligo, make sure to book a table at Eala Bhán.
This review first appeared in TheTaste.ie
Lunch Menu 12pm – 3pm
Sunday Lunch 12:30pm – 3pm
Early Bird 5pm – 6:30pm
A-La Carte 5pm – 9:30pm
Afternoon Tea 12pm – 3pm
|Eala Bhán Dining Room|