Tra Ban Restaurant

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Above The Strand Bar, Strandhill, Sligo, Republic of Ireland

Trá Bán is a steak and seafood restaurant overlooking the magnificent atlantic ocean. Enjoy fine dining in a warm, cosy atmosphere. You won’t be disappointed.

Trá Bán steak and seafood restaurant is located above the Strand House Bar in the heart of the seaside village of Strandhill in Co. Sligo. The restaurant is situated on the Main Street that leads down to the white sands (hence the name) of Strandhill, surfers from all over Ireland and the world are drawn here to experience the waves. The dining room is on the first floor over the Strand Pub and enjoys lovely views over the bay including The Clocháns on Innismurray Island.

The restaurant is casual but smart, with well-spaced tables and chairs, sea scapes on the walls and vistas out on to some of the best views in Ireland. The menu offers some of the very best seafood dishes, as well as plenty to keep the carnivore happy, including consistently good locally sourced steaks and Sligo lamb. Service is laid back and friendly and staff are invariably local and happy to share knowledge with inquisitive visitors.

Trá Bán use only locally grown organic and seasonal produce along with locally sourced seafood, artistically prepared by our award winning chefs. All our desserts are homemade by our in-house pastry chef. Local suppliers are prominently listed on their menus, including the Sligo fishmonger John Flynn, who supplies fresh fish and shellfish; Dathi O’Dowd of Mullaghmore Sea Pond, supplier of fresh wild lobsters; Sherlocks of Tubbercurry butcher (beef and lamb), BD Foods (poultry) and the farmers markets where their produce is sourced.

Classic staples are also a speciality and the menu features fresh fish and seafood chowder, crab claws in garlic butter and popular starters and indeed specialities are the Taste of the Wild Atlantic way Pan Seared Diver Scallop, Kattaffi Prawn, Mullaghmore Baby Crab Cake and Lissadell Mussels with Carrot and Ginger Purée. Another standout is Daithi O’Dowd's Mullaghmore lobster tossed in fresh linguini with a champagne cream sauce, flaked almonds and balsamic cherry tomato and is accompanied by an appealing selection of seasonal vegetables.

For a standout main course, it’s difficult to see past the chargrilled Mullaghmore lobster tail on a bed of spring onion risotto, which is a dish that reminds me of one of Barcelona’s great seafood restaurant, Xiringuito in Garraf; where a similar dish is a perennial favourite. However if you do fancy meat, the beef can be reefed with the addition of the lobster tail; a surf and turf for wave-riding gourmands perhaps?

Finish off the evening with Cedric’s tartlet and some excellent coffee, and then go downstairs to enjoy some of the great local musicians and maybe walk off the meal down by the sea shore. Trá Bán is a destination for great seafood.

Having already won the coveted ‘Best Restaurant in Connacht’ award at the 2011 ‘Good Eating Guide to Ireland’ awards, becoming a member of the Restaurant Association of Ireland 2011 and the prestigious BIM Seafood Circle for 2011 and is recommended by the Georgina Campbell Restaurant Guide.