We arrived early around 6.15p.m. so we'd have time to spend some time over the meal before heading down to the INEC. It's a pretty place from the outside, painted timber panels with an old shop front type of feel. The restaurant decor itself just feels a bit jaded but it was quite busy even for such an early dinner time. We were seated beside the front window which was nice.
I had of course perused the online menu beforehand and had already picked out what I was having, these being Warm salad of duck confit with wild rocket, walnut and beetroot salsa to start and Grilled fresh Ray wings with lemon and caper butter for mains. Neither were on the menu :-( but nonetheless I ploughed on bravely and made second choices!
For starters I had the Deep Fried calamari with a saffron and citrus roille. They came in a lovely stack of calamari rings, beautifully crispy and not greasy, and the roille was really flavoursome - €8.50
Billy had the Treyvaud's fishcakes with wholegrain mustard and chives with garlic aioli - 2 massive fishcakes with a fabulous garliccy aioli. I'd have been happy with the aioli on it's own! - €8.95
To follow I had the duck with a red wine jus, red cabbage and a potato rosti - €25.95
The duck was nicely succulent but the rosti was soggy.
Billy had the half roast guinea fowl with a wild mushroom cream sauce - €24.75.
It was fabulous!!! Neither of us had eaten Guinea fowl before and we were both quite pleasantly surprised, it tastes like a really chickeny chicken! I had thought it would be quite gamey but not at all. The wild mushroom cream sauce was really earthy and creamy and a perfect complement to the guinea fowl.
All main courses have a choice of salad, vegetables, fries or potatoes - we both opted for the spuds and veg.
I had a glass of house white - a very generous measure for €5.95 and Billy had a bottle of the house red - €21.75.
Because we're greedy piggy's we both decided on dessert, a chocolate fudge cake for me and a pannacotta for Billy - both €6.95, and 2 coffees at €2.50 each.
By the time we had got to main course the restaurant had really filled up as they had a large tour group of American's in but service was excellent, very attentive without being overly so.
I had read on their web site that they do a Wild Game night annually in November and we inquired about it and we hope to be there for it!
Our total bill was €103.25.