By September 7, 2011Creative Industries, Newsroom

A feast of fresh fish will be on the menu when award-winning Oregano Restaurant in Ballyrobert holds a special Seafood Night on September 15.

The extensive menu includes starters of spiced crab risotto with avocado ice cream, paupiette of sole with salty Serrano ham, shallot puree, crispy fried sage and brown butter.

Mains include halibut roasted to perfection with confit sweet potato, baby courgette and a black bean and truffle jus, complementing the delicate, rich buttery taste of the fish.

Another delicious concoction is the char-grilled fillet of monkfish, marinated in saffron, with chorizo pilaff, crispy pork belly and sherry vinegar and caramelised garlic dressing.

Among the desserts is an intensely flavoured glazed lemon tart with a tongue tingling crystallised basil and raspberry sorbet. A further treat is the rich white chocolate and berry mousse with summer berry milkshake and lemon biscotti.

Many of the dishes are being incorporated into Oregano’s regular menu.

Chef and owner , Dermot Regan, who divides his time between Oregano and his popular Belfast bistro, the Potted Hen, devised the menu with Oregano’s talented young head chef, Johnny Elliott.

Johnny said: “Dermot came up with the ideas and we talked about it and finalised the menu. We wanted to use the freshest fish available and as it was September, we tried to keep it a little bit summery.”

Since opening six and a half years ago, Oregano Restaurant has received critical praise for its use of fresh, local ingredients to make imaginative, exciting dishes.

Dermot continues to push the culinary boundaries, introducing ‘Foodie Fridays’ – a range of special starters, main courses and desserts that can be chosen outside of the regular dinner menu.

The restaurant is situated in an elegant country house in the village of Ballyrobert, Co Antrim, just 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre.

It has twice been awarded the Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand and a Highly Commended Award in the Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s ‘Taste of Northern Ireland’ award.

The three course special menu will cost £27.50. For more information visit www.oreganorestaurant.com