David Foley and Julie Randles’s Wild Geese restaurant is in the heart of Adare, in one of the prettiest cottages in the prettiest village in Ireland, and with consistently good modern Irish cooking and caring service, it’s an irresistible package.
David Foley is a member of Euro-Toques and a fine chef who sources ingredients with care. Seafood comes from west Cork and Kerry, and there are local meats, poultry and game in season. Everything comes from a network of suppliers built up over the years and the the main suppliers are listed.
Menus offered include a table d’hôte dinner and a semi à la carte, which is priced by course; some dishes such as beef, scallops, lamb and monkfish, may carry supplements. A separate vegetarian menu with three choices on each course is available on request.
All the niceties of a special meal are observed – delicious home-baked bread (mustard seed, perhaps) is delivered with an amuse-bouche, such as a china spoonful of herby goat cheese.
The cooking style is sophisticated and the results are delicious. Typically, starters may include a parcel of Kenmare smoked salmon stuffed with crabmeat served on a cucumber and dill salsa, while a recent example of a luxurious main course is pan-fried Castletownbere scallops on buttered leeks with chorizo and a lemon and sherry vinegar sauce. More homely dishes also feature though - and pan-seared sirloin of Irish beef with accompaniments such as a rosemary and garlic potato gratin with a mushroom and bacon tartlet is a favourite.
Like everything else, desserts (including ice creams) are freshly made on the premises. In summer one to look out for especially is a more-ish raspberry parfait layered with fresh strawberries and brandy snap biscuits...
Excellent service by friendly staff and a carefully selected, informative wine list add greatly to the dining experience - many wines are priced at under thirty euro and there are some tempting sweet wines, including Pedro Ximinez, to go with your dessert.