The Avenue Kitchen
aget Lane, Enniskillen
I used to be very completely happy to listen to an thrilling younger chef with a formidable CV has simply taken the plunge into opening his personal restaurant.
The chef is Marty McAdam, the venue is The Avenue Kitchen in Enniskillen.
The restaurant has began out providing solely brunch and lunch, however as we arrived at lunchtime, it was clear from the queue outdoors that they had been doing that quite nicely. We elected to absorb a few of what Enniskillen has to supply quite than becoming a member of the queue, however even after we returned later there have been nonetheless loads of punters ready to pattern the wares.
Once we acquired contained in the distinction between the outdated stone exterior and the recent and shining inside was fairly placing. It was a stunning eating area with high quality music within the background and wonderful aromas within the air. I did assume they might use a much bigger eating space as a chef of this calibre is sure to construct fairly a following and it will be onerous to department out into night service in such a small venue. There was solely seating for 14 diners plus about six extra stools on the counter in entrance of the busy open kitchen. I’m not being vital as I do assume they’ve carried out all they might with the area on supply, however having had a few of this chef’s culinary creations earlier than, I really feel this place shall be successful.
I had a choosy youngster with me however I had already checked the menu and confirmed along with her that she would simply eat some fries, because the lunch menu is compact with solely about eight choices and positively completely different to anything within the space. You gained’t be getting a cheeseburger or hen goujons in right here.
The menu feels fairly private to the influences and travels the chef has encountered as he discovered his craft, and when meals comes from the guts it all the time tastes higher, so I used to be intrigued.
Now to our meals. Other than the great crunchy sides of fries, there have been a variety of Asian influences on each our plates. I had some very good squidgy bao buns with crispy flavourful pork, greens and some swishes of coriander mayo.
The opposite important was an intensely flavoured hen dish with hints of satay, chilli, curry and many freshness from herbs and salad all sitting on a well-made naan bread.
We had a aspect of smoky and crispy hen wings and a few tremendous spicy chilli cheese fries. Their chilli sauce, which they name beast relish, was a function all through the meal and it does have fairly a kick with out being unnecessarily scorching.
The entire meals was nice aside from a bit dish of Asian rice that got here with my meals. It began okay with a number of bits of recent chilli on some rice with a touch of acidity however then after two forkfuls the entire thing was waterlogged with the acidic dressing and inedible. I’ll put it right down to a small mistake whereas plating it, in an in any other case great lunch.
I can even applaud the service staff who gave the impression to be equally passionate in regards to the new enterprise as they fortunately bounced in regards to the restaurant chatting to and checking on clients. Whatever the queue outdoors, I didn’t get a touch of anybody being rushed to complete their meals inside.
To sum up, progressive and fascinating delicacies that was nicely price queueing for.