Forget the imitations, here is the real thing. The penultimate stage of the massive rebuilding process at Tuban?s Hotel Dynasty Resort, has seen the recent opening of their Irish Pub & Restaurant, Gracie Kelly?s.
It doesn?t matter where you sit? It may be in Granny?s Corner, in front of the open fireplace [in Bali?]. Maybe perched on the high wooden stools along the lengthy bars or at the long trestle tables with the bawdy mob. Or even in one of the little romantic alcoves around the edges. Wherever you are, the Irish music and hearty food will get to you. If that doesn?t, then the Guinness or the odd dram of Bushmills or Tullamore Dew, surely will!
Irish food is simple! But what is wrong with that? Most old cuisines make the most of simple cheap ingredients, turning them into appealing dishes that belie their origins. Such are the wonders of Boxty Pancakes or Dublin Coddle!
Dublin Corn Chowder is more a meal than a soup. Sweet corn, potatoes, bacon and vegetables are combined in a thick creamy broth. There are a number of other soups, including a Potato & Leek or a thick Seafood Chowder.
That traditional Irish Stew comprises chunks of lamb at Gracie Kelly?s, as well as the mandatory potatoes and other vegetables. Hearty is the word!
I have always found good pies difficult to resist. Here, the problem is selecting which one you are going to order?
Beef & Guinness Pie comprises beef, with vegetables, braised in that black stuff that the Irish think is as precious as oil, topped with puff pastry. A Shepherd?s Pie, actually made from lamb is it should be, has mushrooms, onions and carrots in it as well, and is topped with mashed potato that has been well browned to a crisp. A Cork-style Chicken and Corn Pie consists of those ingredients combined with a creamy herb sauce, topped with a light puff pastry. The Sausage & Bacon Pie is thin pork sausages wrapped in bacon, also topped with mashed potato.
Limerick Ham Steaks are grilled then topped with sliced pineapple. A very hearty mix is the Dublin Coddle. Thickly sliced bacon is combined with pork sausages, potatoes and onions. This concoction has warmed many an Irishman in those depressing winter nights.
Chicken Blarney is half a roasted chicken that has been prepared with a traditional stuffing of bread and herbs, then served with chips. Sausages and Mash are thick pork sausages covered with an onion gravy. The Lamb Chops have been marinated before grilling. Served with a creamy mint sauce [unusual] and mashed potatoes.
The Garlic Prawns have been grilled, whilst the Catch of the Day can be either grilled or steamed and comes with your choice of lemon butter, white wine or ginger sauces. Of course you can always have good old Fish & Chips. Yes, you guessed it, it is prepared in a beer batter, and has nice thick chips to finish it off.
Extras include Boxty Pancakes, simply made from potato, flour and buttermilk. Colcannon is a combination of mashed potatoes and green cabbage, spring onions and parsley. Curach is a sweet mix of oatmeal, honey and whipped cream, served in a glass, topped with raspberries. Both the Apple Crumble and Sticky Toffee Pudding are served hot, but with ice cream.
A variety of real finger food is provided, mostly in bite-sized chunks as it should be, on the Pub Grub menu. An interesting Sunday Brunch is planned to commence shortly [speciality breakfasts such as Corned Beef Hash with Poached Eggs or thick Potato Omelettes].
With a live Irish duo to entertain you every night, Gracie Kelly?s is certainly something different for Bali! You certainly won?t leave hungry. Just make sure you?re sober enough to negotiate the front steps. You?ll still be singing in the car on the way home, when that policeman stops you! If he is an Irish policeman, you?ll have no problems!