Isaac’s: 19 Years on a Roll
Still, we headed down town for lunch, stopping at Isaac’s, and not just because it was the first one we came to. Thought it might be quiet but not a bit of it. By the time we left, close to two o’clock, the place was more or less fun. For 19 years now, this McCurtain Street venue has been a popular one and it seems that nothing has changed in that regard.
It is well situated, close enough the city centre, in a converted furniture removals warehouse. It is a Bistro type eatery, wooden floor rather than carpets. But it is spacious and the simple chairs have a good comfortable base and support at the back. Service is top notch and also friendly.
I picked my starter from the day’s specials: Lobster Bisque with croutons and rouille. An absolutely superb soup with a little extra added by the rouille (a sauce, often used for this very purpose in Provence).
We were both very happy with that €7.50 opener. I stayed with the specials for my mains: Crispy fried crumbed Castletownbere haddock with pea puree, tartare sauce and home cut fries (€15.00). Fish and chips basically. But quite a good one. The fresh fish was lightly crumbed, the purée and sauce spot-on.
CL also picked from the specials: Duck Confit with caramelised shallots and chive champ (€14.00). Again, hardly a major challenge for the chef but again a well done dish and yet another happy customer. Make that two happy customers.
Now, where’s that umbrella?