The Anonymous Diner: The Windrose

On a Friday evening, we had a few hours spare, so out of all the fine establishments in the fair lands of Carrickfergus, we decided upon the Windrose. It’s a place we visit from time to time, some occasions have been pleasant, others mediocre, so we hadn’t much expectation other than to satisfy the hunger pangs.

The Windrose is situated smack on Carrick marina and is a pretty venue ideal for casual dining, sunny weather cocktails and light bites. As usual, we had not booked, but as we entered the restaurant it wasn’t exactly buzzing. We were offered a nice corner table at the back of the restaurant, with a snazzy light/portal to charge our phones! Welcome to the 21st-century folks!

The waiting staff were polite and helpful, offering pleasant conversation, which is always a nice touch. Ever the enthusiast for a delightful cocktail, I opted for my all-time favourite; the Mojito and my partner in crime AKA The Chauffeur opted for a blackcurrant. The drinks were quick to arrive and pleasant enough, though I have to admit after approximately four keen sips my mojito quickly disappeared. However, my chauffeurs budget was quickly dwindling, so I decided not to order another!

I proceeded to order our food. Til Til King Prawns in their shell with shoe string fries, sweet corn on the cob, fine green beans and aioli for me with a side of rock salt – okay then… My lovely accomplice ordered Gluten Free Crispy Honey chilli chicken, with flatbread and sweet potato fries.

Our food arrived in reasonable time. Our first impressions of the food’s presentation were varied. The king prawn arrangement was attractive and colourful. The honey chilli chicken left a lot to be desired. It was basic in appearance, the chicken pieces were small and there was no vegetables or salad to dress, a little disappointing for a hungry diner. Preparing the prawns for eating was a task in itself, it took about 5 minutes. The major downside was mainly that they were firmly locked in their shells, by the time I got them de-shelled the rest of my food was a tad on the cool side. My partner’s food was bland uninteresting and also a tad on the cold side, they also brought chips instead of Sweet Potato Fries. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to prepare his dinner! The other major downside to both meals was the portion sizes, which could have easily been compared to that of a fine dining restaurant. You can probably guess by what I have written, the Windrose is not a fine dining restaurant!

Their saving grace came in the form of our dessert, sticky toffee pudding and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for myself and a trio of delicious Maud’s ice cream for my partner. All I can say is thank goodness for the rich and flavourful pudding and sweet, luxurious ice cream or we’d still have been starving! Better luck next time Windrose.

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