Review: Bastion Kitchen, Athlone

August 10, 2015

Review: Bastion Kitchen, Athlone


Bastion Kitchen
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
A bank holiday Monday morning drive to Galway may not be everybody’s idea of heaven but it became mine after we stopped for brunch in Bastion Kitchen in Athlone. After driving around Athlone for 10 minutes looking for parking I eventually found a spot a little out of the town, adjacent to a busy looking cafe. We decided to have a look and I was instantly sold upon spotting “free range sausage bap” on the blackboard. 
Bastion Kitchen is an intimate cafe with a firm focus on healthy eating. At first I thought that this was the reason for the “Bastion” in the name until I realised that it’s located on Bastion Street, a happy coincidence. Despite it’s focus it contains none of the pretentiousness sometimes encountered in such establishments and everybody seemed to be equally welcomed; families, couples and lone diners. The walls are adorned with healthy foodie treats for sale and a large coffee sack contains bags of McCabe’s coffee, the new darling of the Irish coffee scene.
We took our seats and were handed menu’s. I went for the aforementioned Sausage Bap and a double espresso. The espresso was magnificent and while Salamander in Newbridge claim the best coffee in the town (also McCabe’s), I think Bastion Kitchen could probably claim the same for Athlone. The Sausage Bap provided the perfect brunch fix. Black pepper and chive sausages with lettuce on an oaty bap with onion relish on the side. The bap was delicious while the onion relish balanced the peppery sausages beautifully. After another double espresso to ward off any driving induced tiredness we were on our way with full, contented bellies.
Brunch Ratings:
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Selection: 8.5/10
Value for Money: 8/10

Overall: 8.5/10 Highly Recommended

Bastion Kitchen,
1 Bastion Street,
Co. Westmeath.

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