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Published May 31st 2019
A seafood lover's bucket list
So, am just back from a girl's only break in Ireland. This whole thing was the brainchild of some of my dearest and oldest friends whom I have known since my University days (let's say that was many moons ago!). Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, so as I was saying, we randomly chose Ireland as none of us had been there before.
Suffice it to say that there was lots of talking, laughing, eating, walking, relaxing and then more talking, laughing, eating and relaxing! You get the idea!
One of the days, we did a day trip to a little fishing village called Howth, just north of Dublin. It was a quaint little village with a host of seafood restaurants among other things. I was particularly struck by the fact all of the seafood was indeed locally sourced. In these times, that is something really unique! I mean, for instance, in the UK, when I go to seaside towns, all we get is fish 'n' chips and that too - not really locally caught. But, here at Howth - it was the complete plethora- lobsters, prawns, langoustines, calamari, crabs and the like!
So, after a good walk over the cliffs, we browsed around, looking for a good place to eat. We settled on Octopussy and entered in. Had the weather been warmer, we might have sat in their outdoor seating area, but as it stood, it was rather chilly and so we chose their cosy indoor seating. It was around lunchtime and the wait was around 20-25 minutes.
The menu essentially has all things seafood and a small portion of turf (there'll always be that one person who wants non-seafood stuff in a seafood restaurant, you know!). Anyway, two of us shared a seafood platter which was priced at 32 euros. The picture tells you what you need to know about quantity and variety. The third one in our party went for seafood paella.
Well, what can I say- the platter and the chowder were simply the tops! My friend with the paella said that hers was okay but on seeing us both clearly relishing every bite, she was a tad regretful that she hadn't ordered the same thing. I loved the chowder too - which came with calamari, mussels and a white-fish based broth.
As we didn't really order any alcoholic drinks, our bills were quite reasonable. Having said that, they do boast of an amazing wine list. As I write this, I realise that they do have a catchy tagline- 'licensed to chill' a spin-off from the Bond movie Octopussy. But, nota bene - octopus is not on the menu! That said, it still did full justice to a seafood lover's palate.