Man, I love Austies.
I’ve been told in the past by many of you that you like to read restaurant and café reviews on my blog. I suppose we’re always looking for something new to experience and explore. It’s been a while since I’ve done one so I thought this was the ideal opportunity to share something fresh on the foodie front with you.
New month, new menu!
I no longer put myself under pressure to attend every event, but this one definitely interested me as it’s true to me and my brand. We are huge fans of Austies in Rosses Point anyway – a regular hangout for our group of friends. Just last weekend we partied until the wee hours here after day 2 of our bestfriends’ wedding! And so, we were invited out to sample their brand new menu, which will be launching next week… just after the June Bank Holiday rush.
Trust me, you won’t be disappointed! Last night we indulged in all Austies’ latest offerings starting with chowder, chicken wings, bruschetta and baked oysters, followed by paella, crab shots, scampi, calamari, local Lissadell mussels and goats cheese balls. Desserts included mini brownies, bread and butter pudding, strawberries dipped in chocolate and short bread biscuits served with a meringue cream. Everything was melt-in-your-mouth delish. There was not one thing I didn’t enjoy and we all ate too much as usual. My sister Laoise adored the place.
Here’s a closer look at the tasting menu.
I just noticed when writing this post that I got a special mention below.
It really is so nice to be acknowledged sometimes!
Prosecco was flowing and there were speeches from local suppliers: wine merchants, brewery representatives, florists, cheese and jam suppliers, representatives from Sligo Food Trail and The Wild Atlantic Way, Pallas Foods and my favourite: Damien Brennan of The Yeats Experience (if you haven’t experienced this – do it!)
He recited a verse from Yeats’ The Stolen Child in which Rosses Point is referenced.
‘Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,’
We attended Damien’s home at Broc House last summer for my birthday, where we learned so much about Yeats and Sligo.
I really want to go again this summer.
Aside from the great seafood and breathtaking view, what Austie’s really has in its favour is its long-standing loyal staff. It’s lovely to see the same happy faces that are content in their workplace, with very little staff turn-over. The staff is fantastic. Last night they couldn’t do enough for us. They are clearly appreciated by owners John and Lorna (super stylish – always dressed in the best of Irish design), who thanked the staff individually and introduced each member of the kitchen staff. We got to meet each chef and those who work behind the scenes. It is evident that their hard work and commitment do not go unnoticed. We got to try Ally’s (Yeats Country Preserves) homemade jam7s too.
Jules just loves when I take photos of him (not!) But, doesn’t he look handsome?
Insert heart emoji.
More news: Carmel Kilcawley is the new front of house at Austies. You may know her friendly face from The Bistro. She has years of experience managing a team so they’re definitely onto a winner with Carmel. Her gentle manner will make you feel welcome time and time again. On a personal level, I can remember her kindness and caring nature when many years ago, my little brother got knocked down just before his third birthday. Carmel was our neighbour at the time and her family looked after us while my parents were attending to my brother as he recovered from a fractured skull.
I think I just brought the tone down… he’s fully recovered!
So, here’s wishing Carmel and Austies every success and good wishes this summer. We will be a permanent fixture chez Austies for sure. Hope to see you all there.
Check out Austies’ brand new website here.
Here’s a look at their current menu. My favourites are their calamari and risotto.
Book your table this weekend to avoid disappointment. Call 0719117786
Thanks for reading.