Ellen’s Kitchen. A firm favourite
with Cobh locals and visitors.
It was a miserable wet day when we called to Ellen’s Kitchen in Cobh last week. Normally it’s sunny and you see the colourful café on the way in to the attractive town and you spot the customers through the large glass windows.
Looks like a friendly place from the outside. And it is; a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Lots of chatting going on and I’m reminded of the song from Cheers: Where Everybody Knows Your Name. And sure enough, within minutes, we know our server’s name and she knows ours!
Ellen's is a trained chef with over 20 years culinary experience. Breakfast, lunch, and Weekend Brunch menus with an array of freshly made savouries, salads and home-baking daily are on offer here. And there’s always callers for their takeout service as well.
Lunch starts around the 12.30pm mark and the big blackboard menu was going up as we arrived. We had quite a choice including Homemade Beef-burger with Ballymaloe Relish; Pan-fried Tiger Prawns and chorizo salad; Sweet Chilli Chicken Goujons Wrap with Mozzarella; plus freshly made sambos and wraps; quiche, sausage rolls, more; and a big selection of cakes!
CL picked the Piri Piri chicken flatbread with Sriracha Mayo, Roasted peppers, rocket salad and a bunch of chunky fries. Quite a plateful, neatly presented, for 11 euro.
Meanwhile I was happily making my tasty way through The Ballycotton Smoked Salmon Frittata with two homemade salads, quite an enjoyable plateful, again priced at 11 euro. And I did give herself a hand by sharing her fries!
|Anyone for chocolate?|
Nothing cutting edge here but you get dependable tasty food, and plenty of it, at a good price. Indeed we were pretty well close to full after those two platefuls and decided to share the dessert. Just as well as the Coffee Cake slice was quite a large one, quite a delicious one as well and went down nicely with large cups of the excellent Maher’s coffee.
Ellen’s has a large collection of cakes, many for takeout. And you can get more of these tasty treats via the NeighbourFood weekly service at nearby Cuskinny. And, as if she is isn’t busy enough, Ellen is also available for outside catering!
- I’ve often passed Ellen’s on the way in to Cobh and wondered about parking as you are not allowed park on that main road. Here’s the tip: drive past the cafe and take the next left, then take the next left again (on a one-way road) and soon you’ll be able to join the line at the “back” of Ellen’s and do take the first space available, otherwise you might find yourself circling again!
Wharton's Corner, Rushbrooke, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland P24 R997
Tel: 085 718 8469