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The Pier Restaurant
John Hickie
Bay View Hotel, O'Connell Street, Kilkee,

Telephone: +353 (0)65 905-6058

Like a lot of people, I love visiting the gorgeous seaside town of Kilkee in Co. Clare. It’s just one of those impossibly beautiful places with so many natural sights to de...

The Pier Restaurant
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12.30pm-8.30pm daily
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About The Restaurant

Like a lot of people, I love visiting the gorgeous seaside town of Kilkee in Co. Clare. It’s just one of those impossibly beautiful places with so many natural sights to delight you, especially the views looking out over the bay and the impressive surrounding cliffs. I had also been eager to check out the Bay View Hotel and its Pier Restaurant, which have an excellent reputation, have been run by the same family for five generations. I’d seen pictures before, and I knew it was set in a very attractive boutique Victorian townhouse.

So, whilst further up the coast, on an excursion to Galway with friends, my son, Aidan, texted to say he was close to Kilkee on a surf trip with friends, and that was all the excuse I needed to pop down for a few hours for some sights and bites.

Dropping in for an early evening meal, we were more than a little bit hungry and began eagerly scanning the menu. The room itself, which has a nautical theme, has a classic air with its stylish hardwood finishes, whilst some contemporary touches are added, like their cool bespoke upturned boat light fixture complete with dangling Edison bulbs.

On our visit, starters included pulled confit of pork belly with Bonina black pudding croquette, parsnip veloute and a crab apple gel; a melody of Atlantic seafood infused with seaweed, kelp, smoked salmon and avocado; as well as a spring roll of Inagh goat’s cheese and chorizo with a beetroot jam and sweet & sour sauce. I went for the chilled pink prawn cocktail, which was a rather tasty number with its avocado salad, gem lettuce and Marie Rose sauce. Aidan quite fancied the pan-seared scallops, which he thoroughly enjoyed with a cauliflower puree, fish bon bon saffron aioli and Parma crisps.

For the mains, there was lots of great dishes to choose from, like a pan-fried 10oz sirloin of Angus steak served with sauteed mushrooms and onions with peppercorn sauce; a braised centre loin of lamb served with a cumin scented carrot puree and roast saffron fondant potatoes; as well as some poached mushroom and spinach ravioli with a garlic and roasted pepper cream and panko crumb. Aidan happily indulged in their pan-fried house-style tandoori-spiced chicken tenders, which he found finger lickin’ good and absolutely devoured along with a side of skinny chips. I, on the other hand, had my eyes on the Black Angus beef burger, which proved a hearty portion, served in a toasted brioche bun with Monterrey Jack cheese, buttermilk fried onions, tomato relish and skinny fries on the side. Absolutely delish!

Well fed, I couldn’t have eaten another bite, however, Aidan was more than happy to peruse the desserts, which had tempting treats like a summer berry roulade served with passion fruit sorbet; a chilled chocolate Marquise with fresh summer berries; along with a warm apple & rhubarb crumble served with vanilla Creme Anglaise, which I’m sure that ‘him indoors’ would have loved had he been with us that day. In the end, a decadent coffee crème brulee served with shortbread biscuit won the dessert debate, and Aidan happily polished the plate.

Well fed, and more than happy with our visit, we made our exit.

Do stop in during the day, when they also have a great menu on offer, with lots from their evening selection, but also dishes like their hop-house 13 battered cod served with twice cooked crisps or a tasty sounding beef & Guinness casserole. Lighter bites like sandwiches and paninis are also available throughout the afternoon, and they do a great Sunday Lunch menu too.

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