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    by oneonta_ni Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    *Highly recommended* The bistro is owned by young chef Neven Maguire who has worked in places such as Roscoff in Belfast. The location is a house on the main road in the village. The dining room is the front room of the house and is decorated in rich cranberry reds, lush gold brocades and accents of cream. The tables are set in white linen with white Wedgewood china and glass plates. This is your first clue that the meal will not be cheap!

    Service was impeccably professional. The staff were knowledgeable of the dishes and friendly when serving.

    Overall, this is a perfect place for a special meal. Although it is quite expensive, you can eat relatively cheaply if you just order a main course. However, we felt that the overall quality of the service and food was worth the price.

    We opted for the 5-course suprise seafood meal for €60. We decided not to have wine, although there was a wine list. We were served a jug of tap water (with a typical 'rural' flavour!).

    Favorite Dish: To start, we were served a plate of various breads, including pesto and mustard seed, tomato and chili and curry and apricot. It was tempting to tuck into each and every one of them but I reminded myself of the upcoming courses and pace myself. Next came a 'pre-starter' of organic pumpkin and bacon soup with haricot beans. Then came our starter - a large ravioli stuffed with lobster and asparagus with a cream and spice sauce. The sauce perfectly complemented the ravioli and did not overpower the delicate flavour.

    Next came a plate of seared scallops with crab spring rolls. Then a plate of sea bass with grilled organic vegetables and a lobster vinaigrette.

    Then came a dish of raspberry and passionfruit sorbets to cleanse the palate and we were left for a little while to allow the food to digest. The main course was steamed brill on a bed of mash (really delicious - I couldn't figure out the flavours) with wild mushrooms and cubed celeriac in a rich and buttery sauce.

    'Pre-dessert' was next with a long plate and a little samples of coconut rice pudding with a roast peach, vanilla ice cream and a tiny creme brulee in a tiny little pot that was heavenly!

    For the main dessert, we were served a dish of raspberry panna cotta, raspberry ice cream on a crispy dried apple slice and a 'raspberry shortcake' - fresh raspberries sandwiched between melt-in-the-mouth shortbread.

    Coffee and tea were served in large pots and the coffee was really delicious. Sometimes a coffee after a meal in a nice restaurant can be a disappointment but at this place, they have it all perfect, down to the last detail. They even served the coffee with the dessert - something I like but is never done in Irish restaurants. When we had finished the desserts, they brought a plate of petit fours - as if we hadn't eaten enough!

    Overall, we really enjoyed our whole evening at the Bistro and would recommend it has a special treat!

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