A relaxing lunch at Eala Bhan, Sligo

Anthony, the owner of Eala Bhan Restaurant in Sligo, kindly invited me and Jono along to have lunch recently and it was wonderful. Eala Bhan means white swan in Irish, very apt considering the restaurant is located overlooking the Garavogue River where the swans glide by. The restaurant is in the centre of Sligo town and features quotes by WB Yeats, the Seamus Heaney Table, and even a stunning sculpture of a swan. It’s a very relaxed vibe, you leave your worries at the door as you enjoy delicious food in a wonderful setting.

Now to tell you about the food. We were given a complementary amuse bouche of sweet potato and chilli soup – which was absolutely delicious.

For the main course, I was tempted by so many dishes, so it was a hard choice for me to choose, and I’ve already decided that next time I’ll have the Mushroom, Spinach and Blue Cheese Lasagne – which sounds amazing. This time I had the Supreme of Irish Chicken – Irish Chicken Breast, which was served on chive pomme puree and came with a gorgeous mushroom sauce, made with Athrú whiskey (which is produced in Sligo).

That’s one of the great things about Eala Bhan, there’s a focus on using food sourced from local suppliers. It’s not unusual to see Anthony at the local farmers markets buying produce for his restaurants.

Jono had the pulled pork in Hoisin sauce, which was served in a Brioche bun, with basil pesto and twice cooked chips. He loved it and there were clean plates all round.

Of course there’s always room for dessert (for me anyway). I had the white and milk chocolate mousse, which was topped with honeycomb and pistachio crumb, it was just melt in the mouth – and I almost licked the dish!

I have to give a special mention to our waiter, who was just excellent. You can check out the lunch menu here, I really think it’s great value for money, and although we were invited along this time we will be back. Thanks so much to Anthony for such a lovely lunch.

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