It was a dark, wet, windy afternoon when the Flogastronomy team visited The Lime Kiln in Julianstown for a working lunch last week. A gastro-pub located just off the old Dublin/Belfast Road (R132), the Lime Kiln is on the banks of the River Nanny. Since opening last year we had had tried to get tables in the evening on more than one occasion only to find it was booked out, which is always a sign of a popular restaurant!
On opening the large porch door I was greeted with a blazing fire, a smiling face, and an invitation to sit and relax while I awaited the rest of the team. It was a wonderful welcome which set the tone for the lunch that followed.
The menu is concise, but this didn’t make it any easier to choose our dish. After much deliberation, I chose the Open Dunany Crab Sandwich (€7.95), while my companions chose the Chicken Caesar Salad (€7.97), and The Kiln Seafood Chowder (€7.50). The crab sandwich with avocado certainly hit the spot, in fact I wasn’t able to finish the generous portion which included 2 hefty slices of homemade Irish soda bread. Meanwhile the smell of the seafood chowder was incredible and I’m told it was just the thing for the wild day outside. The chicken caesar was pronounced perfect and the plate was practically wiped clean.
Lunch was so good we figured we’d see how the dessert menu held up. Mine was the buttermilk pannacotta (€5.95) which arrived with the perfect wobble, and was served with a fruit coulis and chunks of traditional cinder toffee. While my dining companions chose the chocolate mousse (€5.95) and sticky toffee pudding (also €5.95). Let’s just say there were sighs of satisfaction over the perfect chocolate mousse with the Irish cream topping. My pannacotta was perfect, not too sweet; a perfect way to finish the meal.
We were given plenty of space to enjoy our working lunch, and the staff were attentive but not intrusive. In all we’ll certainly be back to The Lime Kiln and it’s a very welcome addition to the area.