Thursday, September 30, 2010


Clontarf Bridge, Cork

I am a specials kind of guy.

I always check the specials when I arrive in a restaurant; experience has taught me that it is a worthwhile practice.

Take the last week or so as an example. Let’s start with my visit to Fenns Quay, who have daily specials. Last weekend, I thoroughly enjoyed their Duck Confit and also the Tarte aux Pruneaux, both added to the regular choice because it coincided with the French Food Festival.

A few days later, at the Liberty Grill, I also hit the jackpot with their Chorizo and cheese, one of their In Season specials. They had run out of the Manchego (a Spanish sheeps cheese) but the substitute, Monterey Jack (an American cows cheese), was well up to the mark and the tasty toasted starter was well priced at under a fiver.

By the way, I also enjoyed the dessert here, though the Blueberry pie may not have been a special. Made as they do it in the southern states of the US and served with hot custard it was a fine finish to the meal. Something different.

The Liberty also does monthly wine specials and the current offer comes from Provence, from the Vaucluse in particular. It is Cotes de Ventoux, named after that bare hot mountain that regularly features in the Tour de France. Produced by Domaine des Anges  , both the red and white are excellent value and you may buy by the glass, the carafe (50cl) and the bottle. 

By the way the Irish connections re strong at this winery and the tricolours of both France and Ireland fly side by side and the wines are imported here by Red Nose Wines and Karwig Wines , among others.

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