Lunch at Doolin’s Irish Pub

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Last Spring I was invited to come to a private tasting of Doolin’s new Spring menu, the flavors were all pretty good if you’re looking for pub food.  Recently I was contacted to come in to check out the new additions to the Spring menu so I insisted the help of my Food Wife Melissa to go for lunch.

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We took it easy drink wise seeing it was midweek at 1:30PM.  My choice was the Granville Island Irish Red.  This beer was easy to drink with a crisp, apricot and finish.

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We started with something that I had when I was in before, the Duck Bites are chipotle and ginger marinated duck pieces topped with spicy pickled jalapenos, wrapped in bacon and topped with a sweet sesame soy glaze and served with some mixed greens.  The duck was nice and meaty with the spiciness from the jalapeno worked well with the sweet sesame soy glaze.

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Next up was something from the new Spring menu, Ahi Tuna Wonton Taco’s.  I will say it’s something that I’ve never seen on a Irish Pub menu-lightly seared tuna served on crispy wonton shells with fresh mango salsa and topped with light wasabi cream.  For us these weren’t a hit, the wasabi mayo kinda overwhelmed the flavor of the tuna and the wonton crumbled apart upon taking my 1st bite-thank god for the side plate I was holding.  Personally I would rather see a more Irish pub influenced appetizer like Guinness braised short rib sliders or something along those lines instead of something with ahi tuna.

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For my main I went with the The lamb shank is with a red wine lamb jus, they serve it with mashed potatoes and a side of seasonal vegetables.  When this came to the table I was blown away with how big this lamb shank was, it was a very Fred Flintstone big hunk o’meat lamb shank!  The jus was very rich and had a nice tang from the red wine, I really liked the consistency of it.  The lamb shank was nice and big with a good amount of meat on the shank was great but I think I got mine a bit to early in the day as the meat didn’t have that pull off the bone tenderness I like, my friends Alvin and Sherman both had this dish but later in the day and it was perfect.  The mashed potatoes and veggies on the side were very good, I liked how the veggies weren’t cooked to death.  For $16 this is a great deal and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for something to eat later in the day, that way your sure to get a melt in your mouth piece of lamb.

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Melissa had the Chicken Soulvlaki Wrap with Fries for her lunch.  The wrap was everything you would expect in a soulvlaki dinner wrapped up in a pita, she especially liked the zingy feta and crisp veggies in the Greek salad filling.  This is something that I would order next time come in and is a great new addition to the Spring menu.

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The menu items that we didn’t get to try look like they are worth a visit back to try and I’d suggest Doolin’s  if you’re looking to grab a beer and watch a game, the pub grub is good from what I’ve had before and I’d do the lamb shank for dinner for sure.  Doolin’s is a must visit on St.Patrick’s Day for sure and with a full day of event’s your sure to find something up your alley.

**Disclosure-Doolin’s invited me down to try some new dishes and covered the cost of all food and drink, my opinions are review of dishes are completely my own.**

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