THE FATTED CALF
Church Street, Athlone Tel: (0906) 43371 thefattedcalf.ie
The Lisduff Black Pudding Bon-Bons, Tartare of Smoked Mooncoin Beets and Horan’s 14-Hour Confit Pork Belly underline chef Dee Adamson’s commitment towards minimising this destination restaurant’s carbon footprint as low as possible. The food is universally spectacular with a € 31 Lunch Menu that’s worth jumping into the car/onto a train for.
Best Dish: Carved Rump of Black Island Lamb with Duck Fat Roast Artichoke, Mint Gel & Salsa Verde – € 27
Strand Street, Athlone Tel: (0906) 478 850 thymerestaurant.ie
A cosy, stylish restaurant in the centre of town, Thyme’s menu has a reassuringly traditional feel with dishes assembled from fresh ingredients procured from local farms, butchers and fishmongers. Chef and owner John Coffey has made it his mission to build relationships with the best suppliers – and the results can be seen on every plate.
Best Dish: Menu Changes with the Season