Hi Folks! I know there is no point in apologising for the horrendously long break in service but I am going to anyway! I’m so sorry! This past 6 months have been a total madhouse! I have started a new job, moved country back to Ireland and given up my lovely little house in Whitstable! We are living back home with the parents so cooking has been reduced service lately! On top of all this, our wedding day is now only 10 weeks away! Where has the time gone!!
As I haven’t been cooking a lot, I thought it might be a nice idea to give you an update of some of the lovely eateries I’ve been to lately in Cork (and a couple of other places too!)
First up is a tiny little shop on Douglas street in Cork. Iberian Way sits alongside Fionbarras pub and looks pretty unassuming from the outside. The shop was opened by a Spanish couple to give expats living here in Cork a taste of home.
For me though, the magic is in the tapas they serve in the evenings. To book you call up a mobile phone number and the opening times can be changeable but it is totally worth the hassle. The food is authentic and delicious. We tried a great number of dishes when we visited and couldn’t fault a single one. Croquetas were oozing with cheese and ham, oxtail stew served with a creamy mash was delicious on a cold night and my favourite had to be the calamari! It’s so hard to get great calamari in Ireland but this had a light crisp batter and wasn’t at all chewy! Cant forget to mention the chocolate croquetas for dessert! Seriously worth a visit and all the wine is imported from Spain too.
Next up is a spot on McCurtain St called White Rabbit BBQ. This great little bar next to the Brú hostel serves a whole host of craft beers and is one of the best value dinners around at the moment with fantastic music and atmosphere to boot. The food, as you might guess, is bbq style slow roast meats with all the usual fixin’s as the say in the States. The delicious meat specials that change regularly can be served in either a massive sandwich with salads or on a platter with two sides. The platter was an unbelievable €10! Really delicious and to top it all, they make their own bbq sauce using Mi Daza Stout from Rising Sons Brewery.
Further out into the sticks, Bunnyconellan in Myrtleville is one of my favourite spots for dinner with a view. Long a favourite in Cork for a special meal, I really can’t fault this place. I ordered the special fish of the evening and it was thick fillets of pan-fried brill with creamed leeks in a white wine sauce. Devine was the only word and it was accompanied by a beautiful Chablis. I could sit staring out to sea from the wonderful bar all evening! I mean look at that sky, stunning even on a stormy day!
If you want to venture a little further afield, I think you could visit far worse places than Kenmare, Co Kerry. It’s a place very dear to my heart having spent many happy days there as children. Its foodie strongholds are too numerous to mention in this post (although I may dedicate a post all about Kenmare soon!). I wanted to drop in one wonderful spot though and that is The Boathouse Bistro at Dromquinna. This restaurant sits alongside the stunning Kenmare bay and serves the freshest fish the bay has to offer alongside stunning views and a myriad fine gins and wines. Where better to spend a sunny summer evening?
The food is fantastic and the boathouse has a distinctly nautical feel, which always appeals to me! We decided to try a wide variety of the food and ordered too much as usual! Fishcakes, crab claws and more delicious calamari alongside a charcuterie platter all made with wonderful fresh ingredients.
Accompanied by stunning views, beautiful sunshine and some wonderful company, this is really one of my favourite spots. I could eat at the boathouse every day and not get bored with the menu, highly recommended!