Welcome to the Pub Life… Sláinte!
In Irish pubs just like in Mexican cantinas, patrons toast to good health. And whether you clink glasses to “sláinte”, “salud” or anything else; at Killarney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, all are welcome.
The ambiance is super laid back. There is a baby shower being catered, businessmen working on lap tops, families with young children enjoying a meal, smokers in the outdoor patio, construction workers sitting at the bar… and in walks the food blogger.
Killarney’s has been around for several years now tucked in a Temecula City shopping center, located between Wine Country and Pechanga Resort & Casino.
The bar has 28 beers on tap—some of winch are imported from around the world, as well as a couple of rotating local craft beers. Renowned brewers come in throughout the year for food and craft beer pairing events. They also have happy hour and dining specials such as Prime Rib on Wednesdays and Fish.
Now, let’s dive right into my favorite dish. The Chicken Boxty is a traditional Irish dish consisting of a fluffy potato pancake. The pancake is folded over and stuffed with savory grilled chicken, mushrooms and onion sauté then smothered in a cream sauce.
Although, the sauce is made with Jameson whiskey, it’s not boozy. It is so good, it could very well make cardboard edible. A side of seasonal veggies makes a great combination keeping the dish on light side. I washed it down with a good old Guinness beer.
Another delightful Irish offering is personal Shepherd’s Pie. A beautiful golden crust seals a layer of garlic mash potatoes and ground beef. Ground beef is cooked on slow with leaks, carrots and peas. A rich Irish brown gravy keeps it moist and ties it together beautifully. It is served piping hot in a ramekin with a side of wheat bread.
A great way to tap into the pub life is with the Black and Blue Burger. A nice charbroiled beef patty is stacked with blue cheese crumbles, onion straws and sautéed mushrooms. These ingredients give the burger a much appreciated bold character. It also contains the usual suspects—lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.
For the love of burgers, I also sunk my teeth into the BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger. This classic combination is taken to the next level with crispy onion straws. Lovely cheddar melts perfectly onto the beef patty as it’s sandwiched in a brioche bun. On Mondays, don’t miss out on the Build Your Own Burger special, for only six dollars. Build it just how you like it!
Plot twist alert! The Kinsale Burger is stacked in garlic sourdough… Yes please!! The burger also has sautéed mushrooms and onions with Killarney’s secret sauce. Actually, that was more like an arm twist alert. I washed down the goodness with a Moscow Mule.
The Harp Fish n Chips definitely played the strings of my Harp. I couldn’t leave without trying one of this Pub’s favorite dishes. A flaky North Atlantic Cod is dipped in their Famous Harp Beer Batter, then deep fried until golden.
I completed the pub life experience with the freshly baked Irish Cream Bread Pudding ala mode. Irish Cream, caramel swirls, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream was the perfect contrast to the hot, scrumptious pastry. This deliciousness called for a hot toddy.
Killarney’s Restaurant & Irish Pub is located at 32475 Temecula Parkway suite G101 in Temecula.
The phone number is (951) 302-8337 for reservations.