Friday, March 22, 2013

Old Friends at the new Finns' Table

Old Friends at the new Finn’s Table
Great to meet up with John and Julie Finn, back in their element, having just opened up Kinsale’s newest restaurant, Finns' Table in Main Street. The talented friendly couple who made such a success of Dillon's in Timoleague are, after a few months in the wilderness, back doing what they know best. And that is good news for restaurant customers in Kinsale and the surrounding area.

Indeed, many Kinsale people used make the short drive over to Timoleague and quite a few have already been visiting the new establishment. Obviously this is a major boost for the Finns as Julie underlined: “We'd like to thank Kinsale for being so supportive to our new chapter.”

You won’t miss Finns' on the Main Street. Beautiful colours catch the eye as do those pretty white shutters that cover the lower half of the windows. It is amazingly comfortable inside, beautifully decorated. Julie tells me she loves her flowers and she has daffodils scattered all around.

Took all that in and then started to study the menu. You may take it that there will be regular changes to the menus (they do an early bird). “We have lots of new produce coming daily like local lobsters which in turn means daily changes to both menus!” 

After a very tasty Goat Cheese Amuse Bouche and gorgeous bread, we took the plunge. Great to see so many local producers listed and I picked the Ummera Smoked Salmon and Ricotta terrine with pickled cucumber (€9.50). Loved it. CL’s choice was Marinated Toons Bridge Feta, beetroot, chestnut mushroom and rocket salad (€9.00), another smashing opener.

Lots of fish on the menu. We do eat it regularly but this time, knowing that the meat came from the Finns' family butcher shop, we made a change. Grilled Irish Sirloin Steak with Tobacco onions, lightly creamed mushrooms, black pepper sauce and steak fries (€26.00) was my choice, a massive piece of the tenderest meat. Highly recommended if you get the chance sometime.

Dessert: Rosewater Yoghurt Panna Cotta with poached Rhubarb

CL’s also cost €26.00 and that was the Roast Rack of Lamb with Roast Sweet Potato, Parsnip puree and Rosemary jus, another splendid dish, delicious and tender and so well balanced.

They have quite an extensive wine list. You may buy by the glass, by the half bottle and by the bottle.

Open Thurs thro Monday from 5.30 with an early evening menu from 5.30-6.45 and a la carte running from 5.30 till late.
Phone: 021 470 9636

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