PADDYS POINT IRISH BAR and restaurant has been a favoured hotspot since it was founded more than two decades ago in 1999. The local areas inaugural Irish bar is situated in the heart of La Zenia on a central part of the Orihuela Costa.
Eager diners regularly flock to the venue, attracted by its friendly atmosphere, live music and sports events shown on numerous large screen TV´s, a fabulous selection of beers and wines (including the obligatory draught Guinness), and an exhaustive food menu.
Paddys Point has a large inside seating area, tastefully decorated to give the impression of a traditional Irish bar. Outside there is a good-sized terrace area which is away from the road noise and gives protection from the sun during the height of the summer.
Paddys Point: the original Irish bar on the Orihuela Costa
We attended the venue last week for an evening meal and received a friendly and welcoming greeting from the staff upon arrival. It soon became clear that cleanliness and customer care is a key focus. All areas of the establishment were spotless and nothing is too much trouble for the attentive staff.
And although live televised sporting events were being shown in the main bar area, it did not distract from the relaxed atmosphere and casual dining experience.
We found the menu comprehensive, and whether you pop in to watch the live events and just want a quick snack, a light lunch before some much needed retail therapy at La Zenia´s superb Zenia Boulevard shopping centre, or an evening meal experience, there’s sure to be something to make your mouth water.
The venue serves an all-day breakfast daily until 4:00 pm. You can enjoy a full breakfast menu including an Irish breakfast at €5.95, the vegetarian option at €4.95, scrambled eggs on toast for €3.50, or the traditional Spanish option of a tostada at €1.20.
The breakfast menu includes a healthy option: poached eggs on brown toast and granola with natural yoghurt for €5.95.
If you want a light lunch or you have a smaller appetite then your options are similarly extensive. A full range of salads are on offer, favourites like Caesar Salad at €7.95, Prawn salad for €8.50, or for a truly Mediterranean tasting salad, warm goats cheese with caramelised onions at €8.95.
The range of sandwiches, wraps and paninis will keep you deciding which takes your fancy for a while, and if you´re still undecided, continue on to the selection of delicious burgers.
There´s plenty to choose from, including the impressive Paddys Point Burger: a double beef patty, fried onions, bacon, cheese, and topped with onion rings. All burgers are severed with a side salad and chips, or you can choose to swap your chips for a jacket potato. All that for €8.95!
Restaurant review: great quality food and super value
A full 3-course evening meal experience won’t disappoint, with a good range of starters on offer from garlic bread at €3.50, soup of the day for €4.50, a prawn cocktail at €5.95, or spicy chicken wings at €4.50.
The main course offers something for every price point. Bangers and mash with onion gravy for €5.95, the best selling homemade lasagne, served with a side salad and chips for €8.95, or the Southern fried chicken goujons (crispy breaded chicken goujons served with chips or a jacket potato, a side salad and a sweet chilli dip) at €8.95.
There are two premium options on offer: a full rack of baked barbecue ribs come served with chips and a side salad, and the Paddys Point 10 oz sirloin steak arrives at the table with onions, mushrooms, and a side of chips. Both are priced very reasonably at €13.95.
During our visit we sampled their famous fish goujons, battered strips of fresh cod served with chips and coleslaw at €9.50. The fish was beautifully cooked and paired well with the accompaniments.
We also ordered the pan-fried chicken breast with gravy, mash, and fresh vegetables priced at €9.95. The chicken had a good char and the mash and vegetables were perfect – not overcooked at all. The pictures here show how the food was presented when it arrived at the table.
The bar and tables were spotlessly clean and attention had been paid to every important detail. The staff were helpful, knew the menu well, and were able to answer any questions we had about the food.
As we were finishing our meal the place was beginning to fill up for that nights live music event. Local band “The Cages” were playing an acoustic night, which we´re sure finished the evening off perfectly (for those of us who don´t need to be in bed early).
We would recommend trying Paddys Point for yourself. The comprehensive menu, beautifully presented food, super-friendly team, and casual relaxed atmosphere is a unique and special find here in La Zenia.
Photo credit: LaZenia.com