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They go the extra yard for customers at Cork’s Cornstore. Dropped in there this week for a late-ish lunch as part of CL’s birthday celebrations. We were just starting on our coffees when the singing surprised us. Our waiter had started into Happy Birthday! And then backed it up with some gorgeous chocolate cake and a candle. Thanks a million, Cornstore.
We enjoyed the terrific lunch. Started off with their massive Atlantic Seafood Chowder. No shortage of fish in this well presented chowder, served with homemade brown bread. A pretty full bowl by the way and packed with flavours and textures of the sea.
CL’s Pork Rillettes was a continental style delight, not often seen in this part of the world. This was served with a matching chutney (plum, grape etc), salad and toasts. Her completely delicious mains was the Pan Seared Salmon with roast potatoes, pea puree, roast tomatoes and a bourride sauce.
The popular restaurant is well known for its aged beef so I couldn't resist going for the Aged Rib Eye Steak on onions with home cut chips and salad. The steak was moist and tender and one hundred per cent scrumptious, as always.
Our late lunch had turned into an early dinner.No room for dessert but we did manage to finish off that surprise chocolate cake before leaving with large smiles on our faces.
About the Cornstore
The Cornstore Restaurant offers delicious award-winning menus over 2 floors in a lively, Manhattan style surrounding. We specialise in premium Steaks & quality Seafood, award winning cocktails, new world beers & a vast wine selection.
Good news gets around Cork
City quickly if the lunch-time line of customers at the recently opened Perry
Street Market Cafe is anything to go by. But Chef Pam Kelly and her team are well
prepared for the rush and the line moves quickly and soon you are at your table
with your food.
And there is much to choose
from. You’ll see the big daily board as you enter the light airy and spacious
place and, as you progress up the line, you’ll be further tempted by the well
presented food in the display cabinets. And, if you just want a sandwich, well
they have a big list of those as well. And they look massive and tempting.
But we were in for a big
lunch and boy did we get it and what made it even more satisfying was the fact
that the local input is huge here. Names like Ummera, O’Connell’s Fish, Jack
McCarthy, G’s Jams and so on feature either on the menu or in the food shop or
I do like my chowder so I
picked the O’Connell Seafood Chowder, chock full of chunky bits of fish enhanced
by a lovely creamy soup and a gorgeous brown bread. CL was also delighted with
her starter: the Creamy Celeriac Soup with Crispy Sage.
She changed her mind in the
queue and picked the Quiche for here mains once she saw that it was packed with that fabulous
Ummera Smoked Chicken with lots of other good things. It was a great choice.
Not that I was disappointed with mine. On the contrary, I was delighted with
the Fillet Beef Stroganoff and red rice. The beef was absolutely top notch and
besides I also got a brilliant side-salad (that wasn't listed on the board).
Prices are pretty good here,
€12.95 for the Stroganoff, €12.50 for the quiche. Service is friendly and excellent.
They’ll help you find a seat and indeed it all works very well indeed.
There is a lot of space in the
former furniture store and there are a few pop-up shops around the margins (including
a Best of Buds outlet) and more to come. Perry Street may be a strange name to
many but it’s just at the back of the Savoy so is really city centre. The location
is not a problem as the numbers of customers there for lunch on Tuesday