Zest Bistro is in Shannon Town. As the name suggests, Zest is a lively looking spot, sexily decked out in with a shiny dark wooden interior and pendant lights with the wow factor. Cosy booths for families are the best place to sit and admire the views, it could be Belfast, or New York. This is a busy kitchen, working through from breakfast to dinner seven days a week, with a carvery and light bites menu no appetite is left unturned. The lunch menu features hearty doorstep sandwiches of the daily hot roast or the classic ploughman’s, soups, salads and caesars. Pizzas are a known attraction here and come thin and crispy with every variety of topping.
Starters are popular choices like goats cheese crostini, a duo of Clonakilty black pudding and brie, garlic ciabatta an chicken spring rolls.
Dinner doesn’t disappoint and the cod and chips was perfectly battered, light and thin and super crunchy. Extra fat chips, tartare and rocket made this a perfect plate. The roast half duck was tender and tasty with no shortage of zingy red cabbage and perfect mash. The fillet of pork is a herby main, served with delicious mashed roots and buttered cabbage.
Deserts are another highlight to Zest’s extensive menu. Chocolate fondants are the real thing and worth the fifteen minute wait for them to cook, these are served with a scoop of local, organic vanilla and don’t disappoint with their oozey, melty insides. The raspberry roulade is a soft and sticky meringue filled with cream and raspberries, both light and naughty at the same time. Zest boasts a good destination for just about anybody from a family to a business meeting, offers value and service with great food.