Thursday, 18th July 2019
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The WXPG food review  Flaherty's Irish Pub

The WXPG food review – Flaherty's Irish Pub

Flaherty's - Front line Marina at Sotogrande Port. Tel: +34 956 790 390 - Opening hours: Every Day from 11.00 till late

The food reviews are not advertisements. We pay for the meal and we comment and give points as honestly as we can for the benefit of readers. The points relate to quality and price according to the standard of the restaurant. We try to visit only restaurants which we believe are worth reporting on. The food testing team includes Web Express Guide loyal clients who wish to join in and get to meet each other.

*Key: Price: L - Dress Code: SC

*FBA = First Bite Appeal
*Price Code (excl. drinks):
L = 15 - 30 Euros
M = 30 - 60 Euros
H = 50 – 100+ Euros
*Dress Code:
CC = Casual Comfortable
SC = Smart Casual
F = Formal

Introduction
It was time we visited Flaherty’s again. Their last review was done 5 years ago and it needed revisiting, only this time with a discerning food testing team. Everyone present contributed with his or her own opinion thus arriving at a totally unbiased report.

The Staff
Same as before, every one working there seemed happy and willing to please the clients. They were friendly, polite and attentive, without exception, even though there seemed to be a full house with people dining, while many others were drinking at the bar. All members of staff seemed to derive satisfaction from the clients’ approval and that includes both managers Nadine and Tim. Even the Matt the Chef found the time to come to the table to ask if we were happy with the meal.

Atmosphere
What I like about Flaherty’s is the fact that once you get past the front door you forget you are in Spain. The decor, the furniture the atmosphere are all typical of a traditional up market Pub, the type of Public House one would go to for a meal with the bank manager. Food is well emphasised by the way the tables are laid and the fact that you can see the cooks working away in the kitchen. I think it adds to the ambience when you can glance at the activity in the kitchen while waiting for your order.

The Menu
The menu is changed every season and it is organised so as to cater for the different times of the day, including breakfast. It is the type of menu that you would expect to find in an up market traditional pub back home, ranging from ‘A la Carte’, to salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, pizzas and even a children menu. The traditional Sunday Roast is something well worth trying!

Wine List
Let’s not forget that this is a well stocked bar, with branches in other parts of Spain, however for the sake of the menu, the list is short but comprehensive, comprising red, white, rosé wines and a selection of cavas and champagnes. We found the house red excellent.


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We are listing just a selection of the different dished tried on the night.

Starters

Cesar Salad.
I am no expert on Cesar Salad, but I understand that it has to be done correctly to be appreciated. FBA– Well presented on a pure white dish, it certainly looked very appealing. This was ordered by 4 different diners with added chicken. They said that the addition of chicken was an excellent choice to add to the classic recipe. The collective opinion was: Excellent! What a large portion!
Team score – 10/10

Nachos
Tortilla chips piled high with melted cheddar cheese, onion, tomato and jalapeños, served with guacamole dip. FBA– Both diners who ordered this said it was slightly spicy but really nice, they agreed that the dip and the melted cheese helped to subdue the jalapeños making the whole experience rather pleasant. It can be addictive.
Team score – 9/10

Smoked Haddock Fish Cakes
Served with spiced tomato chutney & salad. FBA– This was ordered by two diners and I think the only way is to quote what they said: “Haven’t tasted smoked haddock in years! Gorgeous” and “Actually I really enjoyed it!” What more can you add to that?
Team score – 10/10

Main Courses

Roasted Figs Fresh Salad.
The fresh salad included rocula with added buffalo mozzarella and Serrano ham. FBA– It was well presented and it looked quite intriguing. But what a combination! Figs go with ham, they both go with salad and mozzarella, now add some balsamic vinegar and you have an original dish that’s healthy and tastes absolutely delicious.
Team score – 10/10

Barbecued Rack of Pork Ribs
Served with chips and salad. FBA– Excellent! And what a generous portion! It was described as very tender and very, but very tasty. This is one you must definitely try.
Team score – 10/10

Grilled Fillet Steak
Char grilled fillet steak with rosemary potatoes, slow roasted tomatoes and a wild mushroom sauce. FBA– Cooked to perfection, tender and very tasty, the mushroom sauce was an excellent finishing touch that blended well with the tomatoes and potatoes.
Team score – 10/10

Fish & Chips –
Exactly what it says, it’s the classic fish & chips served with mushy peas and served with some homemade tartare sauce for good measure. FBA– It tasted exactly as it should crispy with the clear taste of fresh fish inside. The mushy peas were just right, I really enjoyed them.
Team score – 9/10

Dessert
With some of the portions being so generous, at this point we all felt quite full up, however some of us could not resist the temptation and we just had to gather enough courage to try some of the desserts.

Apple Crumble
With side whipped cream served over a bed of warm custard with a fine dusting of cinnamon to decorate the plate. FBA– It was perfect and delicious, there are no words to describe what one really likes and this one was it! Don’t ask me, try it!
Team score – 10/10

Belgian Waffle
Topped with compote of cherries and berries and accompanied with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream, adorned with chocolate sauce. FBA– Well if your mouth isn’t watering there has to be something wrong with your taste buds. This isn’t just rich, it’s super rich. I’ll definitely try this next time!

Team score – 10/10

Summary
It is great to have a place where one feels at home and where you become oblivious of the fact that you are in Spain. I don’t think there is another place quite like it here on the Costa. I suppose this is the reason for the success this establishment also has with all other branches in Seville, Barcelona and Zaragoza.
This is where you can have your pint with your friends, your business meal, your breakfast or brunch or indeed just a quick snack or a sandwich. You can even enjoy an excellent traditional Sunday lunch.

With the good weather of course, there is the added bonus of a large terrace right on the front of the marina with the full view of the port. The only one remark that was made was about the background music being just a tiny bit too loud.

As a group we all had a good time without exception, and we all thought that the meal was good as well as good value for money. Some had heard of Flaherty’s but had never visited it before, they will now.



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