The Red Bank Restaurant, Carrick On Shannon

Exploring Leitrim

We have been exploring a look around the County Leitrim area recently and spent a lot of time around Carrick Shannon. We heard great things about the restaurant The Red Bank so we decided to check it out one sunny evening

Pre drinks

We had a nice sunny day so we decided to check out Gings Bar which has it’s own beer garden with views out onto the river shannon.

Pre drinks

A more traditional choice of bar would be either the Oarsman on the main street or Flynns bar also on the main street the later has great live music in the evenings.

The Red Bank Restaurant

The Red Bank Restaurant was opened in 2020 and after a couple of tough years during the pandemic it is now able to show off its talents and flourish.

Outside the restaurant

The Menu

The menu at The Red Bank is full of choice, with seafood, steaks, burgers and and a few different choices. Started range from a wing menu, chowder, local goats cheese to name a few.

Most impressively was the vegan menu with a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts. Its not often you see that in fact you lucky to find 1 of each in many places, they should be commended here.

Our choices

To get a great feel for the food we opted for both menus one off the normal menu and one off the Vegan.

Firstly off the main menu we chose the Buffalo wings which were delicious. Crispy wings not to saucy, could of kept eating and eating them

For main the Andarl Farm Pork Fillet with herb crust, black pudding, apple, potato fondant a d re wine jus stood out. And when it came out an A+ for presentation and the taste didn’t disappoint either.

Note : Andarl Farm is home to Velvet Pork, based in County Mayo great to see local produce being used and so well advertised.

The Vegan menu as mentioned sounded delicious we opted for first course seared Tofu marinaded in lemon and herb and served with charred baby gem and pea and mint dressing. This dish was a highlight so fresh and moreish would recommend either to a meat eater.

For main the the homemade burger of beetroot and mushroom with pickled red cabbage, beetroot ketchup, rocket and sweet potato fries. The dish I must say was so tasty and again would recommend to anyone. The flavours were perfectly balanced.

Contacts

Phone

+353 (0)71 967 1392

Address

St. George’s Terrace, Townparks, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 CK00

Socials

Lovely Leitrim

As mentioned at the top we have had some great trips and have enjoyed exploring the sights of Leitrim. Lough Rynn Castle is certainly a must with it’s walled gardens and lush grounds and further north in the county would be Glencar Waterfalll and the stunning views over Glencar lough.

For more food in the Leitrim area you could check out our look at Honestly Farm Kitchen an organic cafe in the heart of Carrick and Shannon

Honestly Farm

Find out a few more on our Instagram Page or even our sister page Travel Through Ireland

Honestly Farm Kitchen, Carrick on Shannon

New Opening

There’s a new kid on the block in Honestly Farm Kitchen in Carrick on Shannon has opened its doors. A organic cafe and farm shop with drive through, known to be Irelands first organic drive through.

Its honestly organic food

Honestly opened in Carrick on Shannon early 2022 from the producers of Drumanilra organic farm a family farm from Boyle Roscommon. Drumanilra used to have its shop and cafe in the heart of Boyle Town but moved to these new and improved premises on the old KFC site.

Honestly aims to use its own produce with local suppliers to bring the best and freshest food to the table so to speak.

What the owners say

There statement on there website reads.

Our Honestly Farm Kitchen in Carrick on Shannon serves food sourced from our own organic farm, (Drumanilra Farm just 15 km away on the shores of Lough Key) and from like-minded producers.  We serve breakfasts, burgers, salads, sandwiches, freshly baked desserts and locally roasted coffee. We use local, sustainable and organic ingredients wherever possible.

Our Visit

This venue looks sleak and clean very functional with plenty of space no sitting on top of one another. There is no table service which is fine, it’s order at the counter the menus are displayed above, along with printed kids menus also which double up as drawing sheets with pictures to colour in.

I made two visits so far both times sampling the homemade burgers. Firstly I opted for the Deluxe Dexter burger and second visit I tried the Buttermilk chicken burger with buffalo and blue cheese.

The food at Honestly

The Dexter was juicy and tasted great. Dexter is a great Irish grade of beef with fantastic marbling which gives it is great flavour and tender beef. The burger is accompanied with free range bacon, Irish cheese, caramelised onions, brioche bun and the Honestly burger sauce.

Buttermilk Chicken Burger

The buttermilk chicken burger was a great piece of organic chicken beautifully coated and crispy, with generous spicy buffalo sauce and blue cheese very simply done done but packed full of punch and flavour.

On the side

The sides we have tried are the fries, sweet potato fries and the sweet and sticky wings. Both the fries were hand cut which is all the better and the chicken wings were tasty not too saucy and feel of the bone.

Sweet and sticky wings

Something different

My wife tried the Tofu burger the first time and probably the biggest compliment was she went back for it again the second time. The kids both had sausage on a stick with sweet potato fries and again the quality of the meat in the sausage was delicious, not fatty or greasy just quality, just what I want my kids eating.

Drive through

A first and very rare sight to have a drive through for a cafe / restaurant is a plus for the business and certainly for those in a rush or like ourselves with kids the ease of it all makes me want to use the business even more, to which i have regularly for coffees the ease of it is great.

Farm Shop

Inside the building in the left corner of the shop is a farm shop selling Drumanilra produce of veg and fruit, baked goods, organic pantry goods and much more. A great idea and with the owners of the premises owing the farm you just know the produce will be first draw.

Contacts

Phone

(071) 931 7388

Address

Rosebank Retail Park,
Dublin Rd,
Attifinlay,
Carrick-On-Shannon,
Co. Leitrim,
N41 VK33

Website

Honestly Website

Socials

Finding Honestly

The easiest and best way to plan your trip is to use the google maps directory.

More Carrick on Shannon

More Eats

Carrick is a great bustling town and is a bit of a food and drink destination with another one of our favourite places to go The Oarsman in the heart of the centre of Carrick. More a finer dining approach with some of the best food in the county. you can check out our Oarsman review Here.

Best to do

With all the eating a bit of exploring is needed and no better place to visit would be Lough Rynn Castle. With walks around the grounds and walled gardens a must and even step inside and see the history of this great castle.

Little Bao Hong Kong

Little Bao

Insight

Little Bao Hong Kong and there owner May Chow started life in the suburb of Soho on Hong Kong Island in a small and cosy shop front seating minimal people, with people queuing to get a piece of the great food on offer. The site had to go to housing development and was closed.

Fast forward and Little Bao soho is back with a new venue and  sleek revamp and the opening of the large Causeway Bay restaurant this restaurant is now flourishing.

Owner operator May Chow has become something of a celebrity in the culinary scene on Hong Kong Island. She was voted 2017 best female chef at the Asia’s 50 best restaurants awards.

Notable as well Little Bao was once visited by the late Anthony Bourdain for his epic series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. You can find her interview on the Parts Unknown website. May has also appeared on MasterChef Asia, MasterChef UK.

Location

Located on Hong Kong Island, central district and also Causeway Bay Little Bao Hong Kong has two venues.

The Food

The food at Little Bao is just to doe for, based on relaxed dining the menu consists of share plates and the obvious there trademark baos.

Those not familiar with Bao buns, they are a steamed yeast bun soft in texture which can be filled with your own fillings. Popular in Chinese cuisines but now ever popular in all types of Asian cuisines.

From the share plates menu such dishes like ‘Lu Rou’ a Taiwanese version of a scotched egg or equally as inviting is the short rib dumplings. Both packed full of flavour and so Moreish that the share plate name would suitably be eaten alone.

Then there are the trademark baos. The buns so beautiful steamed, with the fillings expertly crafted to allow an array of textures. Personal favourites include fried chicken with black vinegar glaze and szechaun pepper mayo. Or equally as good and for the veges the Sloppy Chan a great mix of shitake tempeh, truffle mayo and pickled daikon. Disclaimer: They are delicious.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Soho – Tue-Sun 12-4pm, 6-11pm 

Causeway Bay – Sun-Thur 12-10pm, Fri-Sat 12-11pm

Website

Little Bao Website

Socials

Address

Soho shop: 1-3 Shin Hing Street, Central

Causeway Bay Shop: Shop H1, GF, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

And Lastly

Chef May Chow hasn’t stopped at Little Bao her success has brought about a second venture in Happy Paradise. This venue Chef May Chow calls her love letter to Chinese cuisine, and looks an elegant and fantastic dining experience. The accolades for Happy Paradise are impressive

  • Condé Nast Traveller’s The Best New Restaurants in the World 2021
  • Tatler’s 20 Best Restaurants in HK and Macau 2019, 2020
  • TIME Magazine’s 100 Greatest Places on Earth 2018
  • featured in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown.

We have not experienced it yet but it’s a main reason we want to return to Hong Kong.

Keep up to date with our latest restaurant reviews from around the world featuring Bonita Bonita on the Gold Coast Australia, Harbour House in Cape Town or the Red Bank in Carrick on Shannon in Ireland.

Social Eating House, Gold Coast

Social Eating House Gold Coast

Insight

Class and sophistication is the key at Social Eating House on The Gold Coast. This relaxed yet formal dining experience. Set in a quiet corner of Broadbeach only emphasizes the relaxed nature of this venue.

Impressively Social is the winner of three consecutive years of the People’s Choice ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, and even more impressive is Matthew Jefferson is the Owner, Operator and Executive Chef of this fine restaurant.

Location

Located on the Oracle Boulevard, tucked just behind the Oracle building. Located in a quiet spot, however only minute walk to the centre of Broadbeach.

The Food

The food is based around share plates small and large with a variety of influences from all over the world.

Musts would be the roast quail or the wagyu tartare from the small plates and slow cooked lamb shoulder in yoghurt or twice cooked pork belly in chilli and tamarind for mains.

The Food At Social Eating House

And please please please, try the cheesecake pannacota with stewed rhubarb and yoghurt sponge. Its divine, i can honestly say a pannacota has never tasted so smooth.

Presentation of food is considered a art form at Social with almost art like dishes, but what makes it stand out is the quality to match it that that is a stand out for us.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12 to 3 and 5:30 to late

Website

Social Eating House Website

Socials

Address

3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, Queensland, 4218

And Lastly

If you want a great dining experience Social Eating House is a must visit on any Gold Coast Visit. It is a restaurant that has won many a accolades and rightly so.

Social Eating House was also one of our picks in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast, Australia list and would be hard to deny it a top two at least on the Gold Coast.

Etsu Izakaya, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast

Etsu Izakaya

Insight

Hidden away behind the large white wooden doors on the Gold Coast Highway, is this hidden little gem, you’d say speakeasy as other than the music it is relatively unseen. With just a little red lantern shining out the front to distinguish Etsu themselves say “look for the red lantern”. And here your find Etsu Japanese restaurant.

Enter through the doors and through the tunnel shaped bar area and don’t forget to look up at the impressive half pipe (yes half pipe skate ramp) as a ceiling. And into the large dining area of share and private tables.

Etsu is a popular Japanese restaurant on the Gold Coast with a reputation beyond the Coast. The owners must know a thing or two with there other popular business Commune Cafe.

Location Etsu Gold Coast

Located in the ever popular and trendy suburb of Mermaid Beach, a short couple of minutes to Broadbeach and only 10 minutes from the central hub of Surfers paradise.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

The food at Etsu is second to none, with a large variety of Japanese inspired food, one of a kind on the Gold Coast.

There are 3 parts to the menu and indeed the kitchen with the raw bar (sushi), the main kitchen and the robarta (a specific Japanese grill).

Most of the food is served with the assumption of sharing with small plates and many options to try. We personally recommend five, but you know yourselves how hungry or in our case tempted we might be.

Our favourites would be the sashimi plate, mixed seafood or individual fish choices can be made, the produce is always fresh and of top quality. For a cooked sushi suggestion the Spider Maki (soft shell crab)is always a great choice.

Sashimi Plate

Homemade pork gyoza, chicken tsukune (chicken meatball) and the 72 hour marinated black miso cod are by far our favourite selections.

For something larger to share the miso pork ribs are not only delicious, but super tender falling off the bone with ease.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5pm to Late

Website

Etsu Izakaya

Socials

Address Etsu Gold Coast

2440 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach QLD

And Lastly

The bar at Etsu is equally impressive, with an array of modern and traditional cocktails, the finest selection of Japanese whiskey your find anywhere and top quality Saki. Making this not only one of the best Gold Coast restaurants but also bars.

The reputation of Etsu as a restaurant on the Gold Coast has grown and grown over the years and that’s why its a multi award winning restaurant. So much so it has also featured in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly up the top.

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast

Bonita Bonita Mexican Restaurant Gold Coast

Insight

Built at the back of a small precinct in Mermaid Beach lies Bonita Bonita, undoubtedly one of the best Mexican restaurants on the Gold Coast. A renowned place for it flavorsome food and sticking to native Mexican ways.

With its dark lights, candles and Mexican décor brings this restaurant to life, the sound of authentic Mexican music in the background all sets the scene for this unique experience.

The addition of a bar on the side by the name of Bon Bon and an impressive back bar of over 50 tequilas all adds the this authenticity of this venue.

Location

As mentioned Bonita Bonita on the Gold Coast is located in a small preciect in Mermaid Beach, it lies just along the Gold Coast Highway. Close to the trendy suburbs of Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads and a short 3 minute ride to Broadbeach and 10 minutes to Surfers Paradise.

Plan your route with Google Maps

The Food

Bringing modern Mexican dining to new heights, pack up your faijitas you wont find them here. Cali style tacos, taquintos, croquettes and chimichangas are all on and pack full of flavour. Can personally recommend the homemade guacamole, pescado (fish) and achiote chicken tacos are firm favourites with us. All locally sourced where possible giving fresh Mexican produce.

Chimichangas

An impressive banquet menu venue is available for tables 8 and over and at $40 a head for 7 courses and an opportunity to try a whole range of food is great.

Once you finished your savoury fair, a must is the Raspberry BonBon dessert with Coconut ice cream, Malibu, Chambord, raspberry and chilli coulis ,shredded coconut, fresh raspberries and whipped cream..

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 Days

5pm to Late

Website

Bonita Bonita Website

Socials

Address

2460 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach,​ Gold Coast, QLD, 4218

And Lastly

A restaurant with a top reputation and a multi award winning Mexican food on the Gold Coast And this is exactly why we included this in our Best Restaurants Gold Coast list and sits proudly at the top.

Tip: Bonita Bonita is generally very busy we advise booking ahead and early.

Commune Cafe Burleigh Heads Gold Coast

Commune Cafe

Insight

One of the original occupiers of the trendy Gold Coast Café scene is Commune Cafe located in the trendy Burleigh Heads suburb.

With it’s Queenslander style building. The feeling of home oozes out of Commune and the garden with its mismatched furniture certainly emphasizes that. It like being served breakfast at your mates place.

The owners are big players in the Gold Coast dining scene with the ever popular Japanese restaurant Etsu Izakaya as another one of there businesses.

It’s certainly a destination cafe with locals and tourists visiting and one which holds a wide reputation.

Location

Commune Cafe located alongside the Gold Coast highway 2 minute drive from the the center of Burleigh Heads. And 25 minute drive to Surfers Paradise.

Tucked in a side road off the highway, but still clearly visible.

The Food

The simple things are done right at Commune the bacon and egg roll with added avocado is delicious and the bacon and eggs with homemade tomato relish is great (the relish makes it).

Bacon and Egg Roll

Simple is not all though take a look at the crab meat scramble egg or the tasty mushroom and haloumi burger. Even if your not a vegetarian this burger is to die for.

Acai Bowls add a great twist, a refreshing choice packed with fresh fruits and very pleasing on the eye.

A treat cabinet at the front rounds off a perfect morning indulgence and with the ever popular Campos coffee you wont find fault here.

Finer Details

Opening Hours

7 days a week

6am to 3pm

Website

No website, Facebook is available

Socials

Address

1844 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh, Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia 4220

Lastly

A big favourite in the cafe scene on the Gold Coast made tis cafe an easy option on our Best Cafes Gold Coast, Australia list. And one im sure is on a lot more lists.

Bam Bam Bakehouse, Gold Coast

Bam Bam Bakehouse

Insight

Firstly with a name like Bam Bam Bakehouse we knew it would be unique. And unique it is as it offers something a little different to most cafes on the Gold Coast.

Not only a great café, but with the added flair of a artisan style bakery with all baked goods and treats hand crafted and there is certainly no stone un turned here.

Bam Bam has grown dramatically since its 2015 opening, With local duo Ben and Ursula Watts who were the original founders of Paddock Bakery, which they sold in 2017. They have since grown the business and have added its sister venues Custard Canteen at Tallebudgera Creek and Cubby Bakehouse in the northern NSW town of Chinderah. At each venue, you’ll find epic handcrafted pastries, great coffee by Byron Bay’s Marvell Street and a menu of simple food, done well.

Bam Bam Bakehouse Location

Located in Mermaid Beach just tucked away off the Gold Coast highway and in Mermaid Park lies Bam Bam Bakehouse.

2 minute drive to Broadbeach and 10 minute drive to Surfer Paradise. And in perfect walking distance to Pacific fair shopping centre.

The Food

Bam bam are known for there croissants which are all homemade. It happened to be a savory one that took our eye, pairing one of these with karage chicken, slaw and kewpie mayo it was a stroke of genius. The croissant are that good that even the eggs benedict comes on one.

Bam Bam Benedict

Sweetcorn fritters with chipotle and coriander crema or Indonesian egg nasi goreng are 2 that catch the eye as something different and definitely worth trying something new.

An organic Acai bowl with strawberry, blueberry, banana and house made granola for the healthy conscious.

And then there’s the bakery cookie dough slices, nutella cruffin, salted caramel éclair and not forgetting the croissants plain, almond or pain au chocolat. And many more to choose from.

Cookie Dough Slice

A great online bakery service is also available with your favourite treats sold by the box and available to pre order in advance.

Finer details

Opening Hours

7 Days

7am to 3pm

Website

Bam Bam Bakehouse Website

Socials

Address

2519 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach QLD 4218, Australia

Lastly

Bam Bam is not only a top cafe and bakery itself, but also throughout Queensland and that’s why it made our Best Cafe Gold Coast List. It is also somewhere that celebrity food critic Matt Preston often visits when in town to try the superb range of pastries and treats.

It is well worth picking up a treat here even for take away and enjoying on one of the Gold Coasts many beaches.

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