Stu is on holiday’s this week so my mum kindly offered to give us a few hours of freedom from the kids on Friday night. We headed towards Delgany to The Pigeon House Café.
This was based on a recommendation that we got from friends recently. Stu rang earlier that day and spoke to a lovely girl called Clare and booked a table for 6.30pm for the neighbourhood menu (earlybird).
It was a beautiful evening as you can see from the photo above.
You drive around the back of the building and there is a large car park with plenty of spaces.First impressions were the décor was really nice. Very hipster/1970’s with lowdown leather seats in the waiting area. The seats in the main dining area were different again,cast iron grey all matching and really comfortable leather couches. Both the wall and surrounding areas were all wood, again very 1970’s but really nice and warm.
We were surprised at how quiet it was, mind you it was 6.20pm when we arrived. We were shown straight to our seats.
They do an early bird called the neighbourhood menu and Friday night is steak night so they have really good offers on if you are a steak fan. You can order a steak and get a glass of wine or a beer included for €20-€30 depending on the steak.
I really wanted to go all out as it’s rare we get out these days for a meal so I ordered the goats cheese salad for starters and Stu got the calamari with soft noodles.
The Calamari was served on a really nice rustic plate, that reminded me of a pottery place in Dingle we went to before.
I have to say the presentation was very impressive and the goats cheese starter was mouth watering good. So many flavours and I loved the way it was served on a black plate. It almost looked too good to eat.
Stu ordered the Calamri for something different, he’d always go with chicken wings for starter if it was on the menu. He wasn’t disappointed. Calamari can be a difficult thing to get right as it can sometimes end up chewy and tough but it was really well cooked and the batter was light which was really nice. The noodles were a great compliment to it aswell.
For the main event it was steak all the way. We both ordered the Rib eye medium rare. Rib eye can be a bit hit and miss sometimes as by nature it’s a fatty steak. The thing that impressed me most with the steak was the thickness of it. Mine was served with a Café de Paris sauce and Stu got the peppercorn sauce. I tried both and they were delicious. I love my sauces so my only disappointment was the peppercorn sauce was a bit watery. If that’s all I have to complain about though, it’s pretty good.
We briefly looked at the desert menu but nothing really jumped out as we were both pretty stuffed by that stage. I did notice jelly and Ice cream which was a nice touch, but for €6 I thought i’d pass and grab an ice cream on the way home instead.
Very happy with the meal for two people with starters and main and a glass of red wine and a beer for €69.
The main thing was the quality of food, I don’t mind paying €30 for a starter and a main if you are guaranteed good quality tasty food and generous portions.
Atmosphere wise It was pretty dead when we were there but what can you expect for a 6.30pm meal. In fairness it did start filling up when we were leaving at 7.30-7.45.
Overall score 8/10. I forgot to mention the staff. All female and really friendly, welcoming and attentive. We will definitely be back soon to try out the Sunday Lunch menu which I’ve heard is also very good.