Having the night of the kids last night, we decided to head down to Kinsale and try out Bastion. Mr. SKD has heard plenty about it and it sounded pretty good. So after a quick call, we got an early table and drove straight down.
Bastion is located at the corner of Market St and Main St right in the town centre. The interior is modern, classic and simply chic. I loved that there’s a small bar where you enjoy a prosecco (on tab!) and have some nibbles (olives, Iberico ham etc) while you are waiting for your table.
We were greeted by first names as soon as we walk in and once we sat down chef Paul came over to our table to introduce himself. It was such a nice touch and made us feel really relaxed and welcome straight away. We ordered two proseccos while deciding on what to have. There is a nice selection on small plates and big plates and we decided to order five small plates and two dessert to try out as many different dishes as possible.
To start off, we had the Dingle Bay Crab fish cake (10Eur) with tarragon, lime creme fraiche, Apple & saffron jelly and coriander – and it was divine! I could have had another serving straight after. Next were the mustard and white wine braised rabbit, with Iberico ham, peas and parmesan gnocchi (10Eur). Mr. SKD favourite and simply delicious as well! The crispy truffled Mac & Cheese croquettes (7Eur) accompanied with a cauliflower dip went down really well! The leg in the egg was really different but just as good as it looked! It is an ensemble of confit duck, yolk, celeriac puree with sour dough croutons and dhukka. Very tasty!
I am usually not a huge fan of foie gras but that might have changed last night. The presentation was perfect and the combinations of foie gras, rhubarb, recioto syrup and pain d’epices could have not been more perfect!
Mr. SKD also tried the Mackerel, gin & tonic – a soused & roast mackerel with sweet cucumbers, Hendricks & tonic foam and chorizo and he really enjoyed it.
After trying five dishes I was pretty full but we just couldn’t leave without trying at least some desert: so we decided to have the chocolate tart with banyuls and the toasted apple with burnt caramel mousse and apple and ginger custard – both were the perfect finish to an overall fantastic meal!
We both agreed that it was one of the best meals we had in quite a while and we’ll definitely be back soon for more. Highly recommend!
(Apologies for the photos – I never brought my proper camera. The photos just don’t do any justice)
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