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A Taste of Spring Awaits at Doolin’s Irish Pub

Pub food has evolved from fish and chips and poutines. The new menu at Doolin’s is proof of that.

I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview of their new menu. For starters, we were given a taste of their new flatbreads. The These are big enough to share and they’re excellent. The Mediterranean ($9) has a delicious blend of grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onions, spinach, artichokes, banana peppers, mozzarella and feta cheeses and pesto.  Duck Confit ($10) comes with tender duck confit, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula in a bed of melted mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.

The Crab and Asparagus has fresh crab, asparagus, roasted red peppers, scallions, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses with a creamy Alfredo sauce. This was a favourite at my table.

If hunger still prevails, The new menu offers a variety of entrees, to chose from. We had a few to chose from:

The Beer Can Chicken Sandwich ($11) has a rich gravy and crispy fried onions which give this sandwich a nice crunch. It comes on a sourdough Kaiser bun.

If fish is what you crave, There’s the Mahi Mahi ($16) A pan seared mahi mahi steak served with pico de gallo and cilantro-lime rice pilaf. There’s also the Blackened Sesame Salmon ($17) wild Alaskan salmon in a wasabi ginger sesame crust and served with wild rice and vegetables. I found the spice a bit too much, but the salmon was perfectly cooked and flaky. Nothing taste as good as wild salmon.

On the sweet side, the new menu offers a fantastic carrot cake and a coffee ice cream that was delicious.

For this month, Doolin’s is featuring three excellent brews: A Yukon Red that goes down clean and has caramel undertones, The Red Racer from Central City Brewing Co. A hoppy brew that is a new take on the classic English bitter and  a Rye Ale from Coal Harbour Brewing. Fruity and spicy. All of them for $6.75.

I was joined by a few other bloggers for this tasting. Check out Sean’s, Ange’s and Amy’s reviews. They’re pretty awesome.

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