Balloo House, Killinchy

This week I visited a restaurant I’d heard much about but had never been to- Balloo House on the Comber Road in Killinchy. The restaurant is divided into two separate areas, the Bistro downstairs and the fine dining Michelin recommended restaurant ‘Upstairs at Balloo’. You may know Head Chef Danny Millar who makes regular appearances on Saturday Kitchen.

So, on Saturday nine of us headed to the Bistro at Balloo for a friend’s birthday party. If you haven’t been before, it’s a cosy atmosphere with stone walls, an old range and pictures of Ireland gone by.

For starters I had risotto fritters with goats cheese, followed by chargilled 10oz Sirloin steak (aged for 28 days) with pepper sauce and Garlic sautéed potatoes. Barry selected wood pigeon for starters and also chose the steak for mains.

The specials of the day (which many of the party picked) included Grilled Strangford Lough langoustines, roast fillet of hake, and miso glazed gurnard.  Only a few went for the three courses and the most popular desserts chosen were Panna Cotta or the Salted caramel chocolate tart. I tried a small piece of both!

The total bill (including drinks) came to £436 so roughly £50 per head. We spent the rest of the evening there before leaving around 12.30am. Everyone really enjoyed it!

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Wood pigeon

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Strangford Lough langoustines

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Risotto Fritters

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10oz Sirloin

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Panna Cotta

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