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Getting Souped Up In Kilkenny

National Soup Week gets underway today until Sunday. Restaurants, pubs and cafés participating in National Soup Week – or Soup For Life – will donate €1 from each bowl of soup sold this week to Gorta. As a nation of soup lovers, that should result in a nice few Euro heading Gorta’s way by the end of the week.

The full list (or close to it) of participating venues around the country can be found here, but in Kilkenny we’ve got a few places taking part including Café Sol (both in Kilkenny and Thomastown), the Blackberry Café in Thomastown, the Club House Hotel on Patrick Street, Kyteler’s on Kieran Street and Cleere’s on Parliament Street, where this blog post comes from. Continue Reading →

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Foodspotting In February

Golden Fried Scampi

In keeping up with last month’s foodspotting roundup for January, here’s a look at some of the dishes I’ve been enjoying at various eateries this past month. You can follow me on Foodspotting.com here.

The Golden Fried Scampi Supreme (above) has to be one of the nicest scampi offerings in Kilkenny. The portion is very sizeable, accompanied by your choice of fries or potato/veg combo if you prefer and a small side salad. I reckon 8/10 times I’m in the Club House, I’m going for the scampi – despite their rather extensive bar menu.

Pork & Chicken Terrine

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it was quite a tasty combination, served a little chilled and running up at €8.95 on the lunch menu at Kilkenny Design Centre’s Food Hall. Again, the portion size (or slice) is more than enough for one person for lunch and comes with a choice of two side options, in my case going for some mixed leaves and coleslaw. The terrine is part of a new menu that’s been developed for the Food Hall with assistance from Edward Hayden.

Malaysian Lamb Curry Rendang

At €21.50, I feel the Malaysian Lamb Curry Rendang at Yindees Downtown is a little overpriced as a main course in town on a Friday night but I’m a sucker for a good curry and this is definitely one of them. The lamb is slow cooked, the sauce has a lovely thick consistency to it, driven by lemongrass, galangal, lime leaves and coconut milk, served with a separate dish of gorgeous sticky steamed rice. The Yindees menu also boasts a number of gluten-free dishes though the kitchen itself isn’t a gluten-free kitchen.

Pan Fried Lavistown Sausage

You’ll find the Pan Fried Lightly Spiced Lavistown Sausage on the lunchtime menu at Cafe Sol on William Street, Kilkenny. The the sausages produced locally, this is a divine dish, perfect at any time of year. The sausages are served on a bed of spinach mash with confit tomato and roast root vegetables to match. It’s the second time in three months that I’ve had the dish and it was just as good this time around.

Cornucopia Quiche

This quiche in Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, Dublin last week was the business, as the fella says, at lunchtime. I’d only ever eaten there for breakfast so to sample some of the lunch offerings was a treat. I’m thinking it involved broccoli, couscous and a malaysian salad with walnuts, though I could be mistaken.

Tomato & Mozarella Tartlet

The Tomato & Mozarella Tart at the Kilkenny Design Centre (upstairs restaurant) is a lovely option for vegetarians seeking a hot lunch around Kilkenny Castle. Selection will vary from day to day.

The Vegas Burger

Fast food wasn’t too high on the agenda this month but I’ve got to include the Vegas burger here as a highlight over the month. As burgers go, it’s got everything. The burger itself is stuffed with cheese and topped with smoky bacon, fresh red onion, rollo lettuce, more cheese, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, taco sauce in a kaiser bun with a pickle on top. Oh so good.

Afternoon Tea at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Last, but by no means least, comes the afternoon tea offering at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Admittedly, I didn’t indulge as having the time for afternoon tea would be a minor miracle but it does look tempting!

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New Vegetarian Menu for Cafe Sol Kilkenny?

Warm Chick Pea & Bok Choy Fresh Herb Salad @ Cafe Sol

Warm Chick Pea & Bok Choy Fresh Herb Salad @ Cafe Sol (Photo by Ken McGuire on Foodspotting.com)

THIS SUNDAY night sees Cafe Sol in Kilkenny run a vegetarian tasting menu which could be an indicator to greater changes on their main menu and greater vegetarian options on a whole. On a night out there in January of this year I had been advised that changes were coming that could put as many as six vegetarian main courses on the menu, which would be a great help when dining out on home soil (considering Herself is vegetarian, amongst other things).

So, the restaurant have announced a tasting menu for their new vegetarian options, in association with Vegetarian Kilkenny, a local group who meet on the first Sunday of every month to catch up and share their own vegetarian dishes and delights. The tasting menu this Sunday September 25th at 7pm and will cost €30 per person.

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