Irish charm with a side of boxty
"A boxty on the griddle, a boxty on the pan, the small one in the
middle, is for Mary Ann" this Irish rhyme may not be heard in Colombo
city (a boxty is an Irish potato laden pancake). Yet the discerning
gourmets and revellers are indeed making positive vibes about Shamrock,
a distinct pub with an Irish influence. Located on Chatham Street, Fort,
the cozy club and lounge is further supplemented by the Red Snapper
Street itself has an alluring charm with its colonial architecture. The
restaurant and lounge displays a rustic ambience, with light resonating
from some antique chandeliers, that soothes your mind as you enter. The
high wooden roof adds to the cool atmosphere. Above the bar counter is a
dainty display of glasses suspended on strings.
The Shamrock has three private dining rooms, each with its different
hues. The cushioned chairs are a work of a craftsman. The bar serves
some refreshing drinks including Guinness, which obtains its unique
flavour from the roasted barley. There are also Irish whiskies,
especially Tullamore Dew and John Jameson.
The Lychee and Passion Mojito and Strawberry Friday seem to be very
popular amongst the guests. A drink with a vintage twist caught my eye-
Ceylon Mule a blend of arrack, lime and ginger beer! I was bewildered
when a guest asked the barmen for an Irish Car Bomb. It turned out to be
an invigorating cocktail made with beer, whisky and Irish cream!!!
The resident Chef Darren Smith and his team serve a mouth watering
myriad of cuisine. The Cajun seafood jambalaya, red snapper fillet and
lobster ravioli are firm favourites. I was surprised to find a spicy
crab rasam, which was brilliant. I enjoyed a lamprais, which was served
in the right portion. If it was served in the traditional banana leaf it
may have given a pleasing visual, yet change is the order of the day!
The apple pudding that I ordered for dessert had a crunchy top layer
just about right and blended well with the vanilla ice cream.
Friday and Saturday nights are quite happening. The DJ belted out
some cool melodies infused with pulsating beats. As I walk out of the
Shamrock, I feel relaxed. The lights seem to somehow beautifully enhance