La Concha seafood restaurant is in the West Cork town of Skibbereen. Chef and owner Fred Perez is the man in the kitchen here, and he is building up a loyal local following in this busy town.
Fred has done his time in West Cork, most recently in the Fish Kitchen in Bantry, and his new restaurant features local fish cooked with a Mediterranean slant.
The restaurant is in the centre of the town, in a pretty white painted building with curved archways and a small terrace. The colour scheme is blue and white, and maritime items like nets and anchors make up part of the decor. There is a raised area to the front, just inside the windows and it was here we took our seats for a mid week lunch.
I was with pat Kiely, the owner and head chef in the celebrated O’Connor’s Seafood restaurant in Bantry, and a man who knows a thing or two about great seafood.
The menu as I said features fish, and changes daily depending on what is available from the local fishing fleet. Mediterranean flavours feature, and the ethos is on fresh and locally sourced fish, presented simply and with some flair.
We loved our two starters; fritto misto brought us some carefully prepared squid, stripped and scored and lightly fried, with a slightly spicy dipping sauce. They were tender and perfectly cooked and my Michelin recommended dining companion was suitably impressed.
Our second starter was a take on prawn’s pil pil, with the addition of chorizo, and the garlic and chilli oil afforded us a lovely mopping up exercise with some toasted ciabatta.
Main courses of cod with finely chopped chorizo was light and delicately flavoured, while a simple pan fried hake showed a light touch in the kitchen.
Service was friendly and prompt, and a large contingent of the local population with whom we shared the dining room over the course of our lunch added atmosphere and some buzz.
We liked La Concha a lot, the menu is interesting, the room pleasing, and the service friendly and the prices are reasonable. Add in a talented chef and you can’t go wrong stopping at La Concha in Skibbereen. One to add to the itinerary.