Three to try... On the wa­ter­front

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TRA BAN Strand­hill, Co Sligo Tel: (071) 912-8402 tra­

An ex­cel­lent steak and seafood res­tau­rant lo­cated on the first floor over the at­mo­spheric Strand Bar in the sea­side vil­lage of Strand­hill. Tra Ban, sis­ter res­tau­rant to Sligo’s pop­u­lar Eala Bhan, is named for the beach it over­looks and has stun­ning views out over the Monas­tic Set­tle­ment on Inish­mur­ray Is­land.

Price: Mains, €17.50–€24.95 Try: Duck breast on a bed of sweet potato, with red wine jus, and parsnip crisp, €22.95 Drinks: Wine; drinks avail­able from Strand Bar down­stairs

THE LIGHT­HOUSE South Quay, Wick­low Tel: (0404) 62548 the­fish­

‘Sammy the seal’ has joined Fungie in the world of celebrity seal­ife at­trac­tions, pitch­ing up daily to be fed out­side The Fish­man and its new Light­house seafood res­tau­rant on the South Quay in Wick­low Town. There’s a lovely at­mos­phere, with That’s Amore play­ing dur­ing my visit. Lots of seafood and daily spe­cials.

Price: Mains, €16.95-€26.95 Try: Ray wing, chorizo and tomato sauce, mash and lo­cally grown veg­eta­bles, €21.95 Drinks: Wine, beer

VISTA CAFE & WINE BAR Pier Road, Kin­sale, Co Cork (021) 470-6866 face­­taBistro

With its new up­stairs ter­race giv­ing spec­tac­u­lar, un­par­al­leled views over Kin­sale’s ma­rina and har­bour, Vista adds a def­i­nite touch of Cannes to this fab­u­lous town, and is hugely pop­u­lar with the lo­cals. The fare ranges from great break­fasts to all-day eclec­tic ca­sual food. A great ta­pas menu kicks in from 5pm on­wards.

Price: €5-€24 Try: Vista’s Fa­mous Fish­er­man’s Pie, with mashed potato and cheese top­ping, €14.95 Drinks: Wine

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