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Monday, May 9, 2011
Dine-in-Cork may be at an end in most places but both Electric and Liberty Grill are keeping it going for another week to give regular customers a chance at the extra value menu: four courses (including tea or coffee) for €25.00.
Got to say thanks to Electric for putting up a Twitter competition where I was one of a dozen or so lucky winners. Prize was a table for four and a meal from the Dine-in-Cork menu and I took advantage yesterday evening. Glad to report that my guests were all happy with the meal, the venue, the window with a view and the friendly and efficient service.
There are some excellent starters in the line-up and I was tempted by the Bodice and Cabbage. The sticky roast pork ribs came on a bed of sauerkraut and chilli jam. Had the sauerkraut here a few weeks back and it went very well indeed with the ribs.
Thought this might be a sticky dish, especially when the finger-bowl of water arrived. But the pork was so well cooked it more or less fell away from the bone and there was little need to resort to the fingers!
Picked the sirloin for my main course. It was a 6 ounce Angus sirloin served with sauté mushrooms, mash, triple cooked chips (in a paper cone) and mine, by choice, was served with garlic butter. It was cooked as requested and very enjoyable indeed.
They had a good choice of desserts from the regular menu but Baked Alaska was the popular choice and it was, as their heading suggests, “something sweet”. Finished off with coffee as I know they do a good one here. Very enjoyable all round. Now, are there any more twitter competitions at the moment?
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Always look forward to Dine in Cork Week. Why not, with four courses for €25.00?
The participating restaurants make a genuine effort to give value for money. Take Fenns Quay, for example, who have five choices of starter, mains and dessert. And others, such as ECO in Douglas, have as much choice, if not more
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Dine-in-Cork’s assertion that this week’s promotion gives you 20 per cent more value than usual was underlined in no uncertain manner by Jacobs on the Mall last night. The three course meal, plus coffee, that I enjoyed for €25.00 euro was certainly worth a good deal more.
Haven’t really tried Pumpkin before but with Thanksgiving coming up, went for the Pumpkin Fritters with Parma Ham & Salsa Verde. Nicely balanced starter and we were off to a flier.
Main course was a Duck Confit with lentils and chorizo ragout, buttered kale and champ. Normally you get one piece of duck but I got two moist legs, crispy on outside. The matching ragout was spot on. The kale perhaps might have benefitted from shredding before cooking as it was quite a chew but nothing too strenuous.
The desert was also top class: Date & Butterscotch Pudding with Fudge Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream. Delighted with it.
And indeed delighted with all three courses, even if some of them didn't feature on the advertised menu, but that will happen a bit this week as the restaurants buy fresh in the markets.
Jacobs sell four whites and four reds by the glass. Enjoyed a Chilean Morande Pionero 2008 Chardonnay (€5.75) and a New Zealand Ta Moko Sauvigon Blanc (€6.25). Oh and by the way, the coffee was also of a high standard.
Jacobs is quite a venue, as many of you will know. For those who have not been, the high ceiling, retained from its days as Turkish Baths, leaves a huge space which has been filled with large scale hanging shrubbery and lighting. The big expanse of wall is hung with art works. Chairs are quite plush and comfortable. The welcome is warm and service excellent. What’s not to like? Get in there and get that €25.00 value while you can. 021 4251530.
See all the Dine-in-Cork menus here