Food Spotted in January: Kilkenny, Dublin, London

Foodspotting in January
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We’re at the end of the month and looking back through the archive on the phone and via Foodspotting.com, there’s no doubting it was a food-filled month. Here’s a look back in pictures of some dishes tried out and about in Kilkenny, Dublin and London over the course of the month.

Lamb Shwarma at Ya Hala Restaurant

Lamb Shwarma at Ya Hala Restaurant, just up from Paddington tube station, London.

When in London and presented with a Lebanese restaurant the moment you step off the tube, sure you may as well. They also make a mean apple, ginger and mint juice.

Chilli & Lime Prawns at McGettigan's, battered, delicious in every single way possible

Chilli & Lime Prawns at McGettigan’s, battered, delicious in every single way possible

These lime and chilli marinated prawns in a tempura batter with wasabi dressing clock in around €7.95 on the starter menu. Just keep them coming.

The Full Irish Breakfast at The Courtyard Bar & Grill, Kilkenny. A fine place for a breakfast if you can wait until 10:30am. Who needs beans anyway.

The Full Irish Breakfast at The Courtyard Bar & Grill, Kilkenny. A fine place for a breakfast if you can wait until 10:30am. Who needs beans anyway.

No beans, but you’ll get massive slices of pudding at the Courtyard Bar & Grill.

The goat cheese starter at McGettigan's, Dublin

The goat cheese starter at McGettigan’s, Dublin (gastro pub at the North Star Hotel, across from Connolly Station)

A grilled goats cheese starter, organic local beetroot with caramelised pecans and chardonnay vinaigrette. Yep, it’s damn tasty. €8.50.

Goats Cheese Tartlet at Café Mocha, with red onion marmalade, beetroot salad and mixed leaves.

Goats Cheese Tartlet at Café Mocha, with red onion marmalade, beetroot salad and mixed leaves.

From the gluten free menu at Café Mocha, Kilkenny, comes the goats cheese tartlet with red onion marmalade, a beetroot salad and mixed leaves. If you’re still peckish, grab yourself a side order of Mocha fries as well, huge handcut wedges served with a chilli mayo dip.

Carrot Cake from Orange Café, Danville Business Park, KIlkenny, just off the ring road.

Carrot Cake from Orange Café, Danville Business Park, KIlkenny, just off the ring road.

Having rediscovered Orange Café in Kilkenny, formerly Yum Café, it turns out that they do a mean carrot cake. I didn’t ask if it was made in house or bought in, but it’s as fresh as you like and served with heaps of frosting and cream.

The Vesuvio Pizza at Prezzo, Haymarket, London. A spicy little bugger, lovely thin base, loads of pepperoni and red chilli.

The Vesuvio Pizza at Prezzo, Haymarket, London. A spicy little bugger, lovely thin base, loads of pepperoni and red chilli.

If you’re heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre or the Royal Theatre in Haymarket, London, the lunch menu at Prezzo is a winner, so too is this pizza. I’m only hoping it came out of the roaring oven they have at the back of the restaurant.

English Muffin Breakfast

English Muffin Breakfast at Garfunkel’s, Paddington, London. Toasted, topped with two fried eggs, bacon, pork and leek sausage..

Forget McMuffins, a toasted English muffin with egg, bacon and pork & leek sausage was the right job for breakfast at Garfunkel’s near Paddington tube station, London.

Amazing tasting spelt stromboli and large loaf from Speltbakers, Kilkenny.

Amazing tasting spelt stromboli and large loaf from Speltbakers, Kilkenny. Also available from Glasrai & Goodies, Gowran; Shortis Wongs, Kilkenny; The Gourmet Store; Kilkenny and the Little Green Grocer, Kilkenny

This is in danger of becoming a regular weekend purchase. Having first tried Josephine Plettenberg’s stromboli (front) at the Real Bread night last weekend, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to nab some this morning for the weekend breakfast. It’s just that damn good.

Profiteroles with chocolate sauce at the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny

Profiteroles with chocolate sauce at the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny

For those with a sweet tooth at lunchtime, the dessert counter at the Springhill in Kilkenny comes loaded with cakes and these bad boys.

Tapas selection at Andalucia, Haymarket, London

Tapas selection at Andalucia, Haymarket, London

We may have ordered the entire menu at Andalucia after an afternoon at the theatre in London. Gorgeous food, served quick, super friendly staff.

Vegetable quiche at Kilkenny Design Centre

Vegetable quiche at Kilkenny Design Centre

Another stop at the Kilkenny Design Centre for their vegetarian options, this one a vegetable quiche with roast vegatbles and potatoes on the side from their weekend board.

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Written by Ken McGuire

Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.