Keith & Siobhan Brennan
Garden Street, Ballina,
Telephone: +353 (0)96 74044 (Bar)/74971 (Restaurant)
The West has certainly come awake when in comes to food in the past few years, what with gourmet food trails, farmer’s markets and foodie events. The busy town of Bal...
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12.00 - 21.00
12.00 - 21.30
A La Carte:
Mains €14.50 - €29.50
Mon - Sat
12.00 - 17.00
Roast of the Day €10
Value Menu: Yes
Sunday Lunch: Yes
13.00 - 17.00
Sunday Roast €11.95
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 70
WC and Lift from Ground Floor
Licensed Premises: 7 Day Pub with Late Bar@weekends
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking - Close to Teeling St Carpark
Private Dining Facilities: No
About The Restaurant
The West has certainly come awake when in comes to food in the past few years, what with gourmet food trails, farmer’s markets and foodie events. The busy town of Ballina is a real destination in itself for a great weekend as it is also blessed with some really good hotels. I always think that a couple of really good restaurants and gastropubs add greatly to a town and its ambiance, and this is where Brennan’s Lane Bar & Restaurant comes into its own.
Keith and Siobhan Brennan are really on the nose of how people like to dine out and enjoy themselves nowadays. They know what good food is and they have really put Brennan's Lane on the foodie map, as well as it being a great contemporary pub and nightclub. Their Chefs, David Gouman and Jonathan Reeves are accomplished and know what they are about in the delivery and execution of some very fine dishes focusing on fresh, local and seasonal produce. They also have a very large range of Gluten Free and vegetarian offerings – which always pleases me personally. They are very au fait with the times and customer needs.
Starters include cracking seafood chowder served with spelt bread, whilst Atlantic crab claws are in a white wine and vanilla cream sauce, which is also GF.
A French style tomato and caramelized onion tartlet is served with deep fried St. Kevin’s Brie and cranberry jam. Baby Back Ribs are Thai spiced and gloriously sticky served with an Oriental salad, whilst a triple pork dish is French style with an Irish twist having succulent confit pork belly, pan-fried Kelly’s of Newport black pudding, and a seared pork scallop with caramelized onion puree and jus. You can of course have a cracking Prawn Cocktail of fresh Atlantic prawns with Baby Gem and cocktail sauce, a searingly delicious Thai crab cake, the ever popular chicken wings, and a smashing Oriental Tapas selection either for one person or to share.
Main Courses from the Land include their amazing 10oz and 12oz Hereford fillets and sirloin steaks. The fillet comes with a gratin of garlic potato, sautéed onion and mushroom, whilst the sirloin comes with Champ and the other two, no problem if you want to change your potato choice. Here again the choice of accompanying sauce are all GF – Brandy Pepper Sauce, Béarnaise Sauce, Café de Paris Butter, Roast Gravy, Caramelised Puree. They also do a cracking 8oz Hereford minced beef burger served on a Floury Bap – with beef tomato, Baby Gem, gherkins, red onion, red pepper relish, Cheddar cheese and house wedges.
I rather like the roast honey and mustard French Rack of Irish Pork with white bean and Brie casserole, fondant potato and thyme jus, and also the Moroccan style roast rump of Irish Lamb served with saffron couscous and chick peas with a light coriander and spicy tomato sauce. Crispy Silver Hill duck is there too served with ginger and spring onion sausage, Kelly’s black pudding mash and Puy lentil jus.
Fishophiles have plenty of choice too. The every popular posh Fish ‘n Chips is there – either in a traditional batter or GF option if you ask. Steamed salmon might come with sauté spinach buttered asparagus, Gnocchi and red pepper coulis, whilst a great Caribbean style monkfish dish has the fish wrapped in banana leaves with ginger, coriander, and lemongrass, steamed and served with Jasmine rice and spicy Caribbean sauce. Pastas are homemade including cannelloni, and Tagliatelle served three ways. Look out too for the delicious lobster and crab ravioli with Mornay sauce, gratinated with a Parmesan tuille and pesto.
Puds are yummy. Think duo of chocolate mousse, apple and pear Tarte Tatin, Crème Brulee, Vanilla Panna Cotta with passion fruit and orange broth…….follow up perhaps with Limoncello Coffee from their Barista selection….
They also do a terrific lunchtime selection of well priced casual food from salads, posh sandwiches, homemade pasta, and a wide selection of mains including a roast of the day from noon to 5 pm. Kids too are very well catered for with good healthy but attractive food – no puds unless they eat their mains!
Beat a path to Brennan’s Lane…..for food and fun.
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