Killarney has been Ireland’s most popular tourist town for many years now, and few can deny the beauty of the landscape. However, it has not traditionally been known as a ‘Foodie Heaven’ or even a good place to eat. But yet, like many places, it has its ‘little gems’, and tucked away in Aghadoe overlooking the famous lakes of Killarney is one such jewel – Rozzers Restaurant at Killeen House Hotel.
Run by Geraldine and Michael Rosney, their “little hotel” has been a real hit with guests for several years now, many of whom return year after year for their warm hospitality, simple luxury and gourmet food. And it was the food that brought us there recently where Rozzers proved itself as one great restaurant.
We heard that Chef Paul O’Gorman has been cooking up a storm in his own quiet way for over fifteen years at Rozzers, his reputation had preceded him. So we sat with an aperitif in the bar and studied the current menu which offered 2 courses for €37.50; 3 courses for €47.50 and €55.00 for the Table D’hôte
What to start with - Oysters; Smoked Salmon; Scallops and Prawns; Duck Confit? Or even a salad or fruit cocktail with a vodka jelly?
After that it was soup, salad or sorbet. Then the main course of the evening – Monkfish, Rack of Lamb, Chateaubriand; Chicken; Salmon; Fillet of Beef; Duck Breast; or even a Dingle Bay Lobster from the salt-water tank. There is also a vegetarian option every night. We duly placed our order, finished our drinks and were shown to our window-side table looking out over the beautifully tendered gardens.
We decided on some really juicy scallops and a very good goat’s cheese salad to start. While I had a sorbet afterwards, Nessa opted for an exceptionally good Seafood Chowder. Her Surf ‘n Turf was a prawn covered Petit Fillet that was so tender no steak knife was necessary, while I opted for the lovely meaty monkfish.
The food really was divine, service was excellent, and we even got a glass of Champagne when they heard it was Nessa’s birthday!
We finished up with a really tangy Lemon Tart and some Irish Farmhouse Cheeses. And as if we had not eaten enough, we then enjoyed some home-made Petit Fours. It was a very fine dinner indeed, and Rozzers Restaurant justly deserves the many accolades it continues to receive.