So it’s been a flying first year for Alfredo’s on the Square who celebrated it’s 1st birthday last week. Well within this first 12 months, Alfredo’s quickly established itself as not only a superb place for Italian cuisine but as one of Lisburn’s most reputed restaurants. And, after many years of acclaim for Angelos, owner Richard Graham is enjoying yet more success with Alfredo’s. We were very lucky to have him as our host at a Birthday celebration in the restaurant on Thursday evening.
Alfredo’s use local Northern Ireland producers and suppliers where possible for their ingredients and add their own Italian twist to produce their menu which consists of both classic and contemporary dishes.
A greeting from Richard, some spiced olives and a glass of bubbles on arrival, pimped with some Ruby Blue liqueur. I’m getting a bit too used to these little shots of gorgeousness in my fizz! A genius little idea from the people at Hughes Craft Distillery.
And so to our meal and a starter of pasta carbonara with parmesan & parma ham. A very classic opener. Next came something I had never tried and a dish that would take me outside my comfort zone, whiskey sour cured salmon tartare. Not a dish I would choose from a menu but I’m a definite trier of new things so in I went. A very pleasant surprise is what I got. Zesty and creamy with chives and creme fraiche, and though it probably won’t make a regular appearance on my future visits here, it was worth trying.
A palate cleansing lemon sorbet was followed by the main course and the one I was very much looking forward to. Lamb, my favourite meat. A locally sourced 6 hour slow roast lamb shank with pesto mash, Tuscan marinara and Mediterranean vegetables. A stunning plate of food. As tender and juicy a cut of lamb as I’ve ever tried. The meat effortlessly fell off the bone. Delicious.
For dessert it was Blueberry gelato with fresh fruit and a splash of yet more Ruby Blue liqueur. An excellent finish to the meal.
Alfredo’s is a fantastic setting and our entertainment for the night, classical guitar from the extremely talented Luigi Cirillo, really set the mood for the evening.
A great way to celebrate this first very successful year for Alfredos. I suspect there will be many more birthday celebrations for years to come.
Big thanks to Richard and his team at Alfredo’s and to Sam and Rumour Mill PR for the invite.