i live in meigh and it is a sh*t hole full of thugs that sell ilegell drugs eg horion cocaine speed cannibis i h8 this place only jokin its a nice place go to jonny murphys bar nice food in there theres a chippy too and theres to shops in this village and there is a mountian called sleave gullon its the secong biggist mountain in ireland k :)
We first found out about Annahaia through a review on the Food Stuff Ireland website. Caroline Workman says it is her new favourite restaurant - and it is now our new favourite.
We wanted to go on GF's 40th birthday but the restaurant is only open Thursday - Sunday and his birthday was on a Wednesday. He didn't mind waiting a day extra, though. When I rang, I was told that the night we wanted was a winetasting night and that there was a set menu of 7 courses with 7 different wines to drink. GF's idea of heaven but it seemed a waste for me being the designated driver. Our problem was sorted when a friend very generously offered to drive us to the restaurant and back - a distance of approximately 100 miles round trip.
We arrived on the 24th of June, just a few days after the solstice so the sky was quite bright up until nearly midnight, which made the drive all the more pleasant.
The restaurant is situated in the Slieve Gullion Courtyard, an old stable block by the look of it, and includes self-catering cottages - something to remember for future trips. The doorway leads to a small bar area decorated in dark, broody colours with comfy couches. We sat and had a drink until the tables were ready and were then led into the small dining room, where the tables were nicely decorated in white linen and silver. Interesting artwork decorated the stone walls and large windows looked out into the courtyard.
Favorite Dish: This was the menu:
Cream of watercress soup with quail's egg hollandaise - it was served in a china teacup. Wine: Monmousseau sparkling brut, cuvee Justin Monmousseau Blue Label.
Camembert croute - a rather plain name for a gorgeous buttery dish that melted in the mouth. Wine: Fleur du Cap chardonnay, Distell, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Ravioli of chicken and fois gras, with madeira jus - cooked to perfection. Wine: Chateau Mas Neuf cuvee blanc, Luc et Stephanie Baudet, France.
Courgette flower with a prawn mousseline and bouillabaisse sauce - absolutely devine. Wine: Enate Rosado, Vinedos y Crianzas del Alto Aragon, Spain.
Lime and basil sorbet - an unusual but very delicious combination.
Roast squab with saute cabbage and chorizo - GF's favourite. Wines: Piancarda Rosso Conero DOC, Gioacchino Garofoli, Italy and Chateau Bonnet Reserve Red, Vignobles Andre Lurton, France.
Trio of tropical sorbets with won ton of pineapple - lovely light ending to a fabulous meal. Wine: Dom Brial Muscat de Rivesaltes, Les Vignerons de Baixas.
There was a wine specialist who talked about the different wines while we ate. I am not really into posh wines but I did enjoy tasting these. My favourite by far was the chardonnay.
The restaurant is not cheap but if you wanted to celebrate a really special occasion, this is a wonderful place to do it!