The Ocean Sands Hotel in the seaside town of Enniscrone, Co. Sligo introduces their new nine-course Chef’s Signature Tasting Menu on Thursday 9June. It’s the latest fine dining development from executive head chef Marcin Szczodrowski since his appointment at the beginning of the year. The Chef’s Tasting Menu will be available on Thursdays and Fridays only. Overlooking the magnificent 5 kilometre sandy beach the newly refurbished hotel deservedly achieved four star status this season.
Marcin Szczodrowski has made quite an impact on the Irish culinary scene since he moved here from his native Poland 15 years ago. At award-winning Eala Bhán Restaurant in Sligo Town he built a stellar reputation winning both the Yes Chef Rising Star and Best Chef in Connaught awards along the way. He’s harnessed all his fine dining flair in developing this tasting menu which is very much based on his twin passions of local and seasonal products. The quality of Irish ingredients consistently amazes Marcin, who revels in working with them. He is strongly committed to working with seasonal products and detests the jarring impact of out-of-season elements on menus.
“This menu is really close to my heart. I wanted to showcase both top quality produce and the skills of my kitchen team”, says Marcin Szczodrowski, “I’m really excited about bringing a completely new, fine dining menu to the Ocean Sands and I’m looking forward to guests enjoying this intimate dining experience”.
The menu will vary regularly but will always consist of nine finely balanced courses including enticing dishes such as Duck Liver Brûlée served with a Balsamic Gel and Hula Hoop Crisp, Lobster Ravioli celebrating the freshest lobster from Killala Bay or Grilled Fillet of Monkfish wrapped in Pistachio and local Seaweed accentuated with a Lime Foam and Green Vegetables. Equally, the menu will showcase top class pastry chef skills with a deft and light hand.
Those same pastry skills have made the recently introduced Afternoon Tea by the Sea a resounding success with residents and visitors alike. It is served on weekdays in the conservatory or Atlantic Room.
The Ocean Sands Hotel comprises 50 generous bedrooms including 20 family rooms and an impressive bridal suite complete with sea view balcony. Directly behind the hotel are 13 beautifully appointed and roomy apartments with easy beach access. It’s ideal for family holidays with a safe attractive playground beside outdoor tables. It’s pet friendly, allowing dogs in selected hotel rooms and apartments. The Ocean Sands is an acclaimed wedding venue.
The nine-course Chef’s Signature Tasting Menu costs €68 per person and must be booked in advance as numbers are limited (Tel: 096 26700). A vegetarian option is available by prior request. A tasting menu with wine pairings will be introduced shortly in conjunction with a new wine menu.
Bed and breakfast rates at the Ocean Sands Hotel start at €119 for a double room.