Can you really beat a girlie lunch, with friends who have been around for decades? One of those lazy lunches where you sit, giggle and gossip and catch up on all that has been going on with each other. Yesterday, I had one such lunch, with three wonderful ladies and the fact that the food was excellent only added to the afternoon.
We ate in a lovely little restaurant outside Tralee, Co. Kerry called Spa Seafoods. It doubles as a fish shop, so the quality of the produce is never in doubt.
We started with shellfish in different guises. There was mussels in a delicious, buttery sauce, with crispy French loaf for dunking purposes. Prawns in a crispy tempura batter and a smoked salmon roulade. All were devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.
Mains consisted of a seafood platter, a prawn and monk-fish curry, crabs claws and pan-fried sea-bass. Again, plates were cleared all round and each dish was executed well and presented beautifully. All four ladies opted for a side-dish of potato gratin, which was average but happily over-shadowed by the excellent seafood. Sparkling water and a house white wine were a welcome accompaniment and the meal was rounded off with some perfectly palatable coffees in various forms.
It is great to come home to a part of the country where fresh fish is so accessible and I would heartily recommend this seafood bistro to anyone spending time in the Kerry area.