Well, I suppose it was inevitable that I would begin this blog with a post about my “go-to” restaurant. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you could not possibly have failed noticed that little fact! I haven’t written a post regarding The Eastern Seaboard in a number of years, so what better place to start than with our favourite neighbourhood restaurant.
On Monday evening, last, after a necessary shopping trip to town, we were feeling a bit peckish and just not in the mood to cook at home. As it was still rather early in the evening (and the week), not having a reservation wasn’t a problem. However, the restaurant was quite busy by the time we left.
To ease ourselves in to the evening, I ordered a simple bowl of Lucques Olives. Grown in the Languedoc region of France, they have a firm, slightly sweet flesh but not overly so. When I say simple, they may look simple, but are the most delicious olives you will ever taste….. trust me! My dining companion (Hubs) chose a glass of Pinot Grigio to accompany his meal.
For his starter, Hubs chose from the Specials menu – Potato, Spring Onion, Callaghan’s (Bettystown) Black Pudding croquette, topped with The Wooded Pig Charcuterie (Slane) Salami slices, shavings of fennel and a quail egg, served with paprika mayonnaise. This dish really must make another appearance on future Specials menus. It was packed with flavour from each ingredient, and brought together beautifully with the creamy mayonnaise.
When it came to ordering a main course, I opted for a starter-sized portion of Garlicky Crab Claws from the main menu, while Hubs chose a “Special” – Rib-Eye steak served with split Langoustines. and a side of fries. The sweet, soft-as-butter Langoustines were excellent partners for the medium-rare steak.
The crab claws (as with everything else at The Eastern Seaboard) are consistently good, and are served with two unadorned Crostini. These are perfect for dipping into the tasty broth in which the claws are served.
For dessert, Hubs decided to order “Eric’s Creme Caramel”, again, from the Specials menu, which was gently spiced with some Togarashi Salt. He doesn’t order dessert as a rule, but was curious to try it. “A definite winner” he declared! I chose the Bread & Butter Pudding, warm custard, chocolate sauce and served with vanilla ice cream, both desserts equally appropriate for a cold January evening. We finished our meal with a double espresso for himself, a macchiato for me, and made our way home…..until the next time!
Booking is advisable, especially at weekends, and can be made either through The Eastern Seaboard page on Facebook, or by calling the restaurant directly.
I hope you enjoy if you visit, and I have a feeling you will!