Quinlan’s Seafood Bar. Fresh Fish and Friendly Folks

Quinlan’s Have Landed
Fresh Fish and Friendly Folks
Pan-fried Brill with potato chips and garden salad. This was one of our main courses, fresh and gorgeous. It was on the specials board (€16.95)
As many of you know, Quinlans Seafood has landed in Cork, in Princes Street, right in the middle of the city. From what I'd heard, the reaction has been good. Decided it to try it for myself and, yes indeed, it's a thumbs up!

It is quite a large restaurant and the service is excellent. The lady who greeted and seated us knew the menu well and was so helpful. Chips feature here but why not try half salad and half chips, she helpfully pointed out. “That’s a really large starter. Why not share?”
I enjoyed this fried Sea Bass with half and half chips and salad (13.95)
 And that was how we began, with a shared starter of Fresh Tempura Battered Prawns Served With Mixed Leaf Salad And Garlic Mayonnaise. They are proud of the batter,’ “a special recipe we have developed to complement our super fresh fish”. And that fish is really really fresh. These prawns though are well worth a try. And, a word of advice, don't bother sharing, keep them all for yourself!

Once you start looking at the main course, you’ll note that it is hard to avoid the Fish and Chips. But why would you? They offer a great variety of fresh local fish dishes on the menu, from native Salmon, Crab, Prawns, Hake, Lemon Sole, Plaice, and Haddock to go with those chips and/or salad. Side dishes too including Fresh Onion Rings, Fresh Garden Salad, Homemade Mushy Peas, Traditional Champ Potato, and Selection Of Market Vegetables.
Superb Prawn Starter €11.95. To share or not to share?

If you skip the Fish and Chips, you’ll still have some tempting options: Fresh Atlantic Prawns In Olive Oil, Chilli and Garlic, Served With Mixed Leaf Salad And Garlic Mayonnaise;
Dingle Bay Wild Squid - Deep Fried Locally Caught Squid Served With Homemade Sweet Chilli Jam; Sizzling Crab Claws Tossed In Garlic Butter And Served With Arbutus
Sourdough Bread.

And a visit to the toilets will bring a smile. Did for me in any case when I spotted the first sign at the bottom of the stairs: Buoys and Gills Toilets. There’s a pink mermaid for the gills upstairs while the buoys should open the door with King Neptune in royal blue, of course!
Quinlan’s Seafood Bar
14 Princes Street, Cork City.
Tel: 021 2418222
Twitter: @quinlansfish

Founded in 1963, Quinlan's have four fresh fish shops in Co. Kerry (Killorglin, Caherciveen, Killarney, Tralee), as well as two other Seafood restaurants/takeaways, in Killarney and Tralee. They also have an online shop where your fish will be delivered by next day delivery.

  • Should say that Quinlan’s offer the choice of table service or take away. You can order your take away in advance by calling ahead on 021 2418222. Ready to eat Seafood meals alongside a selection of Fresh Shellfish are also available for customers who want to enjoy the freshest of fish at home.