A quick trip to Clonmel today led to lunch with the Clonmel-Based Cousin, who said that she’d book us into Befani’s Mediterranean & Tapas Restaurant. Never being one to turn down a recommendation from a local, especially one who loves food as much as I do, I was more than happy to meet her there.
From a short (at least it shows that the kitchen knows what it’s doing) but well-chosen menu we both went for beef. Hers was a long-cooked beef stew with tomatoes and green peppers, with plenty of tasty gravy for mopping with the homecut fries that accompanied my beef ciabatta. Lubricated with basil pesto and given zest with rocket, mine didn’t wait around for long.
Servings were generous but we still managed to try a desert between two, a chocolate attempt at the Arctic Roll that had dominated Sunday lunchtimes when we were both children. It wasn’t quite successful but that still didn’t stop us from polishing it off, along with a large pot of peppermint tea. These days, for both of us, lunch out is a rare treat – Befani’s was definitely worth it.