Although Slainte (pronounced Slawn-Cheh) Irish Pub and Restaurant has been around for more than five years, it's recently had a menu overhaul in an effort to make the place more like a gastropub, thanks to the hiring of Chef Bill Crouse. I was so happy to receive an invitation to taste the new menu! I didn't really know what to expect, but I assumed traditional Irish fare, however it was so much more than that. By the end of the meal I was completely blown away by each item I tried. I love when my expectations are surpassed!
Guinness Breadpudding $8 - Breadpudding served with a warm caramel sauce. The pudding was light and fluffy, which is never what I am expecting when I order bread pudding. Our dessert was not served with a warm caramel sauce, but a raspberry sauce instead. I think the caramel sauce would be a much better addition.
Zeppole (actually an Italian dessert Chef Bill brought over from his times spent in Sotto Sopra). What we have here are deep-fried dough balls (DOUGHNUTS) sprinkled with powder sugar, and served with a cup of chocolate ganache for dipping. The balls weren't too sweet, so the warm chocolate was it's perfect accompaniment. WOW. My tummy was so full at this point in the meal, but I destroyed this plate because my brain would simply not allow me to stop. PURE PERFECTION. GET THIS NOW. SERIOUSLY. I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY EXCUSES FROM YOU. Unfortunately, this is not on the menu currently (AAAAAAAAAAH!), but hopefully they will still offer this every time you go!
All in all, I think this new menu is incredible. Of course I will order my Zeppole every time I come here, but I also can't wait to try their Dubliner Cheddar Mac and Cheese which is topped with braised pork shoulder ($13), or their Shepherd's Pie ($12). You can come here and have a great time watching a football (soccer) game with your mates, and at the same time have a delicious dinner with your significant other. Either way, Slainte is Baltimore's gastropub - go to Fells Point and give it a try!
DISCLAIMER: Though this was a free tasting, I still only wrote exactly what was in my heart and tummy about my meal at Slainte!