The Kingfisher Bistro is owned and run by Mark and Claire Woods at the Darcy Mc Gee Courtyard in Dundalk Street, Carlingford, Co Louth. After 14 years in business the restaurant has gathered a terrific following and although small, comfortably seating 42, it packs a mighty punch; it’s amazing how much variety Mark manages to create in his kitchen and Claire manages the service flawlessly – The brother/sister team are widely praised for producing what many regard as the most exciting food in the area.
Guests will thrill to their modern menus beginning with a “Pork Spring Roll, Hoi sin, pepper coulis, and basil oil” or any selection of eleven starters ”Confit of Duck leg, noodle rosti, roast chorizo oil and sweet soy”, ”Tomato and Basil tagliatelle with fresh parmesan in a white wine sauce”, and ”Fried crab cakes with pepper coulis, basil mayonnaise and house salad”. The local mussels simmered slowly in the finest of cream and white wine with a hint of garlic are particularly popular and there are a number of main courses dressed up old favorites such as sirloin steak (with potato rösti, garlic & parsley butter and onion sauce) alongside more innovative ideas like “Thai spiced pork with sticky rice, curry oil, sweet soy & Asian salad”. Try the fish specials, cooked so delicately that delicious is the only way to describe them. There are also quite a few vegetarian dishes, usually including the house special.
Desserts are now something of a specialty and the wine list is another pleasant surprise – although it is not long by some standards, it is certainly interesting, varied and fairly priced. Value is a priority and we are proud of our fair minimum charge and reasonable prices on the menu. We have something to suit everyone from families, couples and groups to someone popping in for a quick bite.