Down On The Quay ...

In the midst of all of my reviews, there are still some hidden gems that I haven't tried. Shamrock Quay is a little more out of the way that you'd think, but is home to a restaurant with a 2015 No.1 Trip Advisor award and more recently the AA Hospitality Rosette Award. Quite a place huh?

Quay Fifteen specialises in 'fine dining without the fuss' and they sure do deliver. It's a fairly small menu but with the choices so varied, there's always something you like. I went with my mum and she can't eat gluten, but even with that there were so many options that she could have and the waiter Barry kindly explained everything to us. We also tried a bottle of wine in the middle of a Red and White. I like red, she likes Pinot white and we didn't like each others choice so we asked the waiters who brought us a Rose by Jean-Luc, that was the perfect mix of our two favourites. 

For a little snack, they bring over crisps with cheese and small bread rolls with melted butter (YUM) and for my mum a gluten free cranberry muffin. We then had our starters, mine being scallops, and I know I have them all the time but they all have different sauce and this one was creamy and great so don't judge. My mum went for the Soy Cooked Salmon which I tasted too, and it was so moist and flavourful with the coriander and sesame seeds. 

We then moved onto our mains, and I had fish, again.. (I seem to have theme going on here...) and my mum had the Chargrilled Plaice. My Stone Bass came with a broth that was like a warm soup, except it had the goodness of the fish fillet, beans and vegetables. I really enjoyed it and I even ate the skin, which I don't normally do. My mums Plaice had an odd look to it but the whole dish tasted great and the burnt leek puree gave it a really nice edge. The meals are fairly 'small' when you look at them but they are filling and when you have also had a starter then it's just the right amount of food, as we felt stuffed after! In a good way of course.

Moving onto the sweets, if you've read my review of the Gatehouse Grill you'd know I'm not that keen on deserts and wasn't overly impressed, even though their mains were impeccable. With the deserts at Quay Fifteen however, I think they are probably the best course for me! They are so fruity but sweet and chocolatey but not sickly and they just refresh your palette so well after all the food (for me, fish!). 

I chose the White Chocolate and Green Tea Delice that came with mandarin pieces and sorbet as well. An amazing mix of fruit and chocolate that just really really worked well together and I loved it a lot! My mum enjoyed the Salted Caramel Creme Brulee and although it's not really my thing, it did look wonderful and she raved about it too. 

All in all the service was so helpful and welcoming (I even tried a Patron XO Cafe for a night cap) and we had such a wonderful evening. This is on the more fine dining side of the spectrum of restaurants rather than a chain, but it also thrives on that with the atmosphere and the open kitchen. They definitely deserve all of those awards!

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This meal was gifted for the purpose of an honest review, which is what you see here! Thank you Rocky and Barry and the team for such a lovely experience.