I don’t normally do blogs on everyday events or specific restaurants but this is an exception.
During the week my sister and I went out for tea for her birthday to a new restaurant opened on the Quay in Derry/Londonderry.
Queen Quay Social by Darron Iddon is a whole new fine dining experience set in beautiful surroundings. With spectacular views of the peace bridge and river, the building itself has been renovated to feel like a social warehouse with comtempory decor. With the low lighting restaurant area and impressive Social Raw Bar.
We hadn’t booked a table and upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by Erika (I’m sorry if this is spelt wrong) who showed us to our seats. After explaining the menus and the specials offered we were delighted to find out that we were giving a complimentary bottle of house wine as part of the set menu on Wednesdays. Erika was fantastic and is obviously very passionate about her job. Nothing was a bother to her and we left feeling like we had been spoilt.
The chefs sent us complimentary mini Caesar salads served on slate and beautiful homemade breads with salted butter. Our glasses never ran low as the professional staff kept them topped up. Our starters were fantastic, they almost looked too good to eat and my main, a potato gnocchi was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before.
The best part for me was the desert. A banana sweet with roasted and jellied banana with peanut butter soufflé (trust me…words can’t do it justice). My sister got the best treat when the social team sent down a birthday cake served on a wooden slate complete with a candle followed by homemade chocolate and ginger truffles.
Queen Quay Social is a unique, distinctive fine dining experience that you are truly missing out on if you don’t try this restaurant. In all the years of living in Derry/Londonderry and London and also after my travels around the world I have never had a more enjoyable experience in a restaurant before.
I’d say keep your eyes peeled because if Darron Iddon and his team keep up the good work they could be heading for Michelin stars.