Embassy Steak House is a chic and trendy restaurant and wine bar located on JFK Parade in the centre of Sligo. With five large arched windows the building is very impressive from the exterior. Entering through The Belfry Bar you come into a cosy, warm bar where we were seated and given copies of the wine list and menus to browse while waiting for our table
The décor in The Embassy is rustic; there are slate tiles and exposed brickwork to one side and large mirrors to the other, and shiny brass adds depth and gloss. The seating is divided between a number of red leather booths for larger groups and polished wooden tables with high backed leather chairs for groups of two or four. Tables are nicely spaced, and glassware and cutlery are of a high quality.
The menu features steak and seafood, and starters include dishes like Mullaghmore potted crab, pan seared king prawns, Ardsallagh goats cheese and a choice of soups priced between €4.95 and €8.95. Main courses follow a similar theme, with a number of fish dishes such as fillet of Irish hake or crab linguine, a chicken dish, vegetarian choice of ricotta and spinach ravioli and a large selection of steaks – sirloin, rib-eye or fillet in a variation of sizes and styles which come with a choice of sauces. Main courses start at €15.95 and go up to €27.95 per person for the chateaubriand.
As we were waiting for our orders we nibbled on fabulously warm, homemade brown and white breads served on a board with a delicious tomato & chilli tapenade. The wine list showed a good selection of wines ranging from €20 to €38 a bottle, a couple of half bottles priced at €11 and champagnes and sparkles for that special occasion. We chose a bottle of Frascati at €22, a refreshing, light Italian wine that we both enjoyed.
To start I had the potted crab which was served with salad leaves and sourdough toast. I spread my crab and enjoyed this hearty starter. My friend had the king prawns which were big and juicy, full of flavour and a generous serving.
To follow I had chosen the hake which was pan fried and came with sautéed fennel, cherry tomatoes and olives and a side of hand cut homemade chips. The fish was perfectly cooked and my handcut chips made a posh fish and chips. Himself was delighted to be able to have the 10oz rib eye, which was served with onion marmalade, sautéed green beans, grilled asparagus, homemade chips and a Jameson whiskey sauce. This was a meal fit for a king and he manfully struggled to finish every bite.
There is a fab dessert menu - if you can still eat after the steak - and a selection of coffee. I went with the mango mousse with a passion fruit glaze served with ice cream, which was fresh and light, and hit the sweet spot. The friend went with the homemade cheese cake of the evening - which just happened to be his favourite - oreo, served with ice cream. We finished two happy campers after a fine meal.
The Embassy Grill list all their suppliers on the menu and most are artisan Sligo businesses. The Embassy Grill deliver exactly what people are looking for today in a restaurant; good food, service, value for money with carefully chosen local ingredients where possible. Sligo is punching above it’s weight in the culinary stakes, and Embassy is on e of the leaders.