The Restaurant Detective – By Alan Thompson
Bar 75 at The Clarion Hotel
I FOUND myself in Carrick for The Restaurant Detective review this week and I wasn’t to be disappointed.
The prestigious Clarion Hotel was the setting for my gourmet review in the Hotel’s Bar 75. There were no less than nine starters on offer and after much deliberation I plumped for the Peking Duck Spring Rolls. These were served with Asian Salad and Hoi Sin Sauce. What a delight, perfectly crispy and superbly presented.
For the main course I wasn’t too adventurous, choosing a 10-oz Sirloin Steak. The steak was served as I ordered it (medium to well done). I say this because in my last two visits to other establishments in Carrick I’ve had to send my steak back to the kitchen to have it cooked the way I requested. However, there’s no such problems or hassle at the Clarion – the steak was cooked to perfection.
I had a side order of French-Fries, nice and chunky and tasty. Great! Fresh Fruit Pavlova followed (and it was fresh) washed down with a pot of coffee.
The setting was family friendly, excellent menu choice, good service and (I felt given the quality of the food) good value also. Total Bill: £26.25.
Clarion Hotel, Carrickfergus. Tel: 028 9336 4556.