After including The Fatted Calf on my list of must visits for 2014, I was glad to get an early opportunity to visit for lunch on a blustery Saturday in early February. Glasson is easily accessible from Athlone and well worth the trip even from farther afield. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday.
There are a number of elements to the lunch menu. Firstly, there is a set lunch menu offering a choice of three starters and three main courses. You can have two courses with a glass of wine for €22. There are also some Light Bites for those who not want a full meal. There is an a la carte lunch menu aswell in addition to a daily list of Blackboard Specials – both starters and mains.
The a la carte starters included Soup, Seafood Chowder, Caesar Salad, Potted Mackerel, Cheese and Onion Rarebit and Crispy Prawn Wontons. The a la carte mains included a Roast of the Day (Chicken), Jane Russell’s homemade Sausage with pan fried potato gnocchi, Beer Battered Fish & Chips of the day (Cod) and an 8oz panfried 30-day aged Sirloin steak. The special starters included a Warm salad of Pigeon served with pickled rhubarb, garlic sausage & rocket, Deep fried Camembert and a rack of ribs for two to share. Main course specials included the Fatted Calf burger and a Rib Eye steak.
It doesn’t normally happen but my friend and I were obviously feeling like the exact same food and both chose the Warm Pigeon salad followed by the Sirloin Steak. Before the starters arrived, we enjoyed some wonderful homemade breads – a treacle bread and a sourdough. Both of these breads can be purchased aswell to take home (along with some other goodies). The salad starter was so good, the pigeon perfectly pink and superbly complemented by both the garlic sausage and the pickled beetroot.
The Sirloin was served with a flat mushroom and some Marrow Butter and was accompanied by a large portion of excellent skinny fries and by some mixed vegetables (green beans, carrotts, peas, roast potatoes). We thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful. Both steaks were cooked exactly as ordered and the quality of the produce was in no doubt.
Even after two large courses, we were determined to have dessert. I chose the daily special which was a raspberry brioche and butter pudding and my friend chose the Banana & Hazelnut pudding with salted caramel ice cream. Both desserts were outstanding and the presentation was wonderful.
The bill came to €88 for 2 starters, 2 main courses, 2 desserts, a diet coke, 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio and a Latte. This is wonderful value for a fantastic meal made using the best of produce. We really enjoyed our time at The Fatted Calf. The restaurant itself is really lovely, the food was outstanding and the staff were super friendly. We will definitely be back.
P.S. The Fatted Calf is now closed. It is due to re-open in a new venue in the near future. Watch this space!