I sometimes feel self-conscious when dining alone but the warm welcome and laid-back atmosphere in Bodéga! immediately put me at ease and I happily sipped on sparkling water as I examined the menu in greater detail. Three menus were offered on the evening that I visited - an Early Bird an À La Carte and a Tastes Menu which after some consideration was the one that I decided to go for.
The Tastes Menu comprises four courses with local produce being used throughout, where possible. First up was a snack consisting of ‘rosettes’ of Carpaccio of Beef and Smoked Salmon. Both were presented simply without any unnecessary embellishments which I found appealing. The tender beef was partnered with small dots of a mild horseradish mayonnaise whilst the smoked salmon was drizzled with a rather zippy pickled onion dressing that was unbelievably moreish. I was impressed to learn that the salmon had been smoked in-house and I loved the depth-of-flavour that it possessed.
I finished my meal with the cheese and oatcakes. I am a huge fan of Milleens - a washed rind, medium-soft cheese with an orange, slightly sticky rind. Here it was served with superior oatcakes, a refreshing homemade apple chutney and rather addictive candied walnuts. This was a fitting end to a truly memorable meal which for the quality of food offered on the four-course Tastes Menu represented unbelievable value for money at €35 per person.
Bodéga! Restaurant & Wine Bar
54 John Street
Monday - Saturday: Serving Noon-10pm; Early Bird: Monday - Friday 5pm-7pm