Landmark Hotel - The Boardwalk Cafe
Ciaran & John Kelly
Telephone: +353 (0)71 9622 222
The Landmark Hotel is more than aptly named for it is a truly fine landmark not only in Carrick-on-Shannon itself, but in the general region as it has achieved a huge reputation ...
How to get there
On the N4 before crossing the bridge in Carrick-on-Shannon, en route to Sligo
Good to know
Opening Hours: 12pm - 9pm daily
Cuisine: Modern Irish
A La Carte: Mains €12.50 - €23.50
Sunday Lunch: Yes
Children’s Menu: Yes
Wheelchair Facilities: Yes
Credit Cards: Yes
Private Dining Facilities: Yes
About The Restaurant
The Landmark Hotel is more than aptly named for it is a truly fine landmark not only in Carrick-on-Shannon itself, but in the general region as it has achieved a huge reputation for consistent hospitality, comfort, style, service and good food. Carrick-on-Shannon has forever been known as the cruising capital of the River Shannon but, that apart, it is a great central location for a weekend break, the roads are now so good that you are down to Carrick-on-Shannon from Dublin in no time at all.
What I also really like about the Landmark are their great dramatic public areas, smashing bars, the Black Mint Cocktail Bar, the traditional style Mallard Bar, and Boardwalk Bar, two dining options, the Boardwalk Café, and Aroma’s Café in the beautiful conservatory with Lloyd Loom chairs which make you feel as if you are relaxing on the River Nile in an Agatha Christie movie– not as good as the River Shannon of course.
The menu at the Boardwalk Café is eclectic and modern with something to suit every palate and it offers excellent value in lovely surroundings both for lunch and dinner. The menu covers salads, pasta, platters, mains, burgers, and interesting vegetarian options. Starters include Clonakilty black pudding with pan seared scallops served with a smoked bacon and shallot cream, whilst a delicious trio of duck has a spring roll, smoked duck breast with a pear compote, and duck pate with pickled pink ginger. Love that. Clarke’s Irish oak smoked salmon is with cream cheese and a warm herb potato cake, whilst prawn and chicken wonton with toasted sesame seeds comes with sapo salad and a sweet soya dressing. They have lovely salads which can be had as a starter or mains, a herb roasted Chicken Caesar, a Mediterranean salad, or a warm shredded duck salad. A brace of pastas include a PrimAvera pasta and a Papperdelle pasta with Parmesan crusted chicken, shallots, rosemary and smoked bacon cream. Mains include what I call posh fish ‘n chips, we all love them, at the Boardwalk it is battered fillet of fresh cod served with homemade Tartare sauce and fries. They also do sweet and sour chicken with rice and another popular Eastern influence has crispy Malaysian chicken satay with toasted sesame seeds, satay sauce, and a timbale of coriander scented rice. Steaks are very popular and good so maybe try the 10oz Irish Angus sirloin with a mini Caesar salad, fries and sauce Bordelaise, or an Angus Steak sandwich on ciabatta which has honey and grain mustard mayo, sauteed onions, rocket and beef tomato with fries. I like the seared fillet of Irish beef medallions with breaded flat mushroom, balsamic glazed beef tomato, gratin potato with a Brandy and three peppercorn sauce. Another dish I like is the oven baked roulade of sea bass served with a green olive tapenade, carrot and ginger puree, tomato potato cake and a citrus and saffron dressing. As for their great homemade burgers they have three options, The Boardwalk, The Chilli, or a Duo of mini burgers. The lunch menu runs from 12 – 4pm which is very civilised and has lots of delicious dishes including panfried fillet of hake served with saute lemon scented potatoes and creamed leeks or a cracking shank of lamb with root vegetables and red currant jus. If you want lighter options there are ‘posh’ sandwiches on lovely breads, sublime salads and much more. Oh and delicious desserts.
There is also the lovely Aromas Café in the conservatory setting which is just perfect for a casual lunch from 12 noon to 6 pm, an all day breakfast, gorgeous afternoon tea, or indeed a great casual Sunday breakfast or lunch – try the hot roast beef on grilled crusty country cob with sauteed onions and red wine gravy.
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