Sunday, June 23rd- We dropped in to try Kildare’s new Fresh Catch Menu. Check our review, then submit your own for a chance to win a gift card.
When you think of Kildare’s, if your first thought is Guinness and last thought is food, then you’re not alone. But, Kildare’s is out to change that. They’ve recently put out a new seasonal, Fresh Catch Menu full of great seafood dishes. I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to stop by and check out the new food, and I dove right in.
I started off with their crab cake appetizer– two homemade, pan-seared crab cakes topped with red pepper and corn salsa and Cajun remoulade. I have never had such a good crab cake. The crab was fresh and flavorful and didn’t flake like many crab cakes do. I was impressed with the portion and its preparation. The Cajun sauce gave it a beautiful mix of sweetness, while the red pepper gave it a hint of spice.
After I finished the crab cakes, I moved on to the entrée – a grilled Mahi Mahi sandwich. I had never had Mahi Mahi before, but I decided to give it whirl. The sandwich was layered with lettuce, tomatoes, grilled red onions & Cajun mayo then stuffed between an onion roll and served with fries. The Mahi Mahi was thick and dense, and it oozed flavor. The grilled red onions complimented the Mahi Mahi wonderfully, and let’s not forget the roll. Have you ever ordered a sandwich from somewhere and the roll is bland, flaky, and lacks flavor? That’s not the case with Kildare’s – this roll was prime. It made the sandwich. It brought out great flavors with the fish and veggies.
After devouring the Mahi Mahi, I got to pick one more dish. As I had the choice between swordfish, salmon, and tuna, I decided to go with something new. For me, that’s swordfish. The dish was pan-seared and came with tomato-avocado spread and fries. Talk about a delicious meal, folks. The swordfish was the perfect size and left a delicious aftertaste. This fish was dense and dry, but the flavors were remarkable. But what made the dish, at least in my eyes, was the tomato-avocado spread. I can think of one word to describe it: beautiful. I could not think of a better topping to put on swordfish than avocado blended with tiny pieces of fresh tomato. The avocado taste had a slightly salty flavor and gave it a great kick.
At this point, I was stuffed. I had been treated like royalty, and I ate all the food I could fit in my stomach. But, lo and behold, my waitress Deanna came over with the dessert dish. Damn you, Deanna. Just when I wanted to unbutton my pants and lay on the sofa for several hours, you tempted me with dessert. The fact of the matter is, I have a sweet tooth, and I could not resist. I chose the Bailey’s pie with the hot coco cup on the side (because, why only take one dessert?). The pie was extremely rich, full of chocolate, and made you want to sleep for days on end. It would go great with a glass of milk (or Guinness). My hot coco cup had a layer of hot chocolate cake at the bottom, the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted in the middle, and at the very top was a swirl of whipped cream.
Overall, my experience at Kildare’s was one to remember. Not only because I was provided with wonderful hospitality from Dane and Deanna, but because the fish really spoke for itself. I came to Kildare’s expecting to experience the common distasteful Irish food (the Irish do have the reputation, you know), that’s far from what I got, and I guess that shouldn’t surprise me. After all, this is the Dave Magrogan Group we’re talking about, and if they can churn out fantastic, praise-worthy fish just two blocks away in their oyster hour, why should we expect anything less from Kildare’s? It just makes sense, right?
If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to try it for yourself. Like us on Facebook and share your review, and our favorite response will win a gift card to Kildare’s. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and try it.
Kildare’s, 18-22 West Gay Street, 610.431.0770.