After having competed in Gaelforce West, we were tired and hungry. And we hadn't booked a dinner table either, so it would be difficult enough to find a table on a Saturday evening during the summer holiday period.
We had ones eaten before in La Bella Vita on High Street, so we decided to try our luck and see if they had a table available.
We were in luck, we entered the restaurant and we were told there was a table for 2, only condition was that we would give the table back for 9pm.
After browsing through the menu, we decided to go with the fresh fish which was on the daily menu, monkfish for me and Dolores would take Hake.
When we ordered, we were asked if we wanted a starter as well, but as we had to give the table back at 9pm, we told our waitress we would stick with the main course.
But we were told that there was plenty of time to try one of the starters, so we decided we would share an antipasto Italiano.
The restaurant itself is cosy and inviting. We were placed upstairs in a small room which had books on a shelf and a fireplace.
The restaurant was full, and that is always a good sign.
And to celebrate us finishing Gaelforce West, we picked a great bottle of Italian wine as well. And then the antipasto Italiano arrived, fresh lettuce, dressing, salami, ham freshly baked bread, olives... we enjoyed it thoroughly.
And then came our mains, fish as fresh as can be. The monkfish and hake were both cooked to perfection, both came with a salad and roasted potatoes with rosemary.
We enjoyed the food and would love to recommend La Bella Vita. If you are after fresh fish and fresh ingredients, this is the place to be.
And although we were told to leave the table by 9 pm, we never felt rushed by our waitress. The staff are very professional and very friendly and we are grateful they managed to give us a table. We ended a great day and night at Matt Molloy's where we met loads of the other competitors. A nice pint was taken while discussing the days events while listening to some traditional Irish music.
Link: La Bella Vita Website
About the Author
We are Peter & Dolores De Bie. We love the great outdoors, discovering new parts of the world and writing about our adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way and further afield