Showing posts with label Augustine's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Augustine's. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nine most popular restaurant posts 2012

Nine most popular restaurant posts 2012
Many of you will miss
dining in the garden of
O'Brien's Chop House.

Amazingly, a restaurant review from November has taken more hits than any other this year (2012) and the review of the Chapel Steps in Bandon is our top post for the year. It has taken around 2,200 hits and that puts it well ahead of the others. Chef Kevin O'Regan can take much of the credit. He is helping upgrade Chapel Steps from a cafe to a restaurant and his previous restaurant, Electric, is number two on the list!

Sad to see that two of the nine, O'Brien's and Augustine's, are no longer open but newcomers such as Chapel Steps and Electric are wasting no time in claiming their places among your favourites.

1 - Chapel Steps (November)
2 - Electric (June)
6 - Stuart Bowes at Barnabrow (November)
7 - Jacobs on the Mall (October)

Monday, February 27, 2012


Mushroom and Onion Soup
Carpaccio of Monkfish, blood orange fennel salad
Squid Ink Rissoto 
Chicken consomme over boudin blanc
Scallop, Terrine Foie Gras & Oxtail, apple puree
Then a palate cleansing shot of Lemon and Lime.
Pigeon Wellington, Warm Coleslaw, Celeriac Fondant

After the cheese, we enjoyed Chocolate Grenache and Raspberry Sorbet
Augustine's bowed out in style last Saturday night. The always popular venue was packed out for the last supper. Great company and, of course, great food. Photos didn't turn too badly so I think, on this occasion, I'll let Brendan Cashman's superb food do the talking and wish himself and Carol, and his staff, all the best for the future. I think we all left hoping that this was au revoir rather than farewell.

Monday, August 1, 2011


See some more photos, these by Billy

Captains Sylvia and Sandra

Scores of pirates gathered in Cork City on Saturday. But their intentions were benign. Make the most of the inaugural Cork Gourmet Trail  was the mission and it was accomplished with much fun, thanks to our merry captains.

First call was to Soho in mid-morning where a Pannier Champagne reception was laid on. There was a pirate hat competition running and early favourites emerged at the photo call. Champers downed, the gathering was divided into three crews and marched out on to the streets.

Led by feisty captains Sylvia and Sandra, our crew wandered peacefully through the side streets until we reached Greens by the Waterfall where the host restaurant was joined by Isaacs and the Rising Tide in dishing up the grub. The grog, as was the case in all four venues, was sponsored by Classic Drinks.

On then to the Boardwalk – nobody had to walk the plank – and the impressive line-up to feed the villains here was Club Brasserie, El Vino, Augustine’s and The Boardwalk Bar and Grill
Sing for your supper

Next host was Electric, again through the side streets including a stop in Oliver Plunkett Street and a song which earned the singing pirate a meal out for two!

More music at Electric where Pa Fitz entertained and where the high standard of food was maintained by Jacobs, the Ambassador, Soho and Electric itself. Still one more food stop to go and that was at the Cornstore where the providers were Amicus, Fenns Quay and Cornstore.

About five o’clock, the different crews re-united upstairs at the nearby Bodega to compare notes and the bounty – some restaurants, including Jacobs and Electric, gave out meal or wine vouchers – and listen to the band. The quiz and costumes winners were announced and the Bodega management offered everyone a free drink.
Pat Fitz at Electric

It was a very enjoyable day and very encouraging for the organisers. Looks like one that will be repeated. Personally, I enjoyed every moment, from that first starter of Jack McCarthy Black Pudding with Apple Sauce by Isaacs to the final Chocolate Mousse in a mini-cornet by Fenns Quay.

Tried hard to sample everything; don't think it was possible. My favourite of those that I did try out was the Chicken Balti with the French Morteau sausage by Augustine’s. Isaac’s breaded lamb chop and Electric’s cold sea bass dish were other favourites.

Classic Wines
But I was just one of many and others spoke to me of enjoying their particular favourites and I heard that the Tapas type offerings of some restaurants went down very well, the Boardwalk’s steaks were popular was were the Chinese offerings of the Ambassador.

Something for everyone then and nice to see some chefs trying something different such as the “Gravalaix of Tuna in a Nori seaweed” by the Rising Tide and the different take on the Seafood Chowder by Greene’s who also had a terrific Beetroot Soup on their table.

Just a word of praise to Classic Drinks who not alone kept the thirsty crews well lubricated but also took the trouble to post up plenty of information about the wines and varied the offerings from restaurant to restaurant, usually matching a red with a white from the same area. In Electric for example, they had a Muriel Blanco 2009 along with a Muriel CVC Rioja 2006.

So a big thanks to Classic, to Pannier, to all the restaurants and especially to the organisers! Just picked up a message in a bottle down the quays and it reads: Let’s do it all again next year!

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I walked confidently into Augustine’s last evening, confident in the knowledge that I was going to get an excellent meal. Standards are constantly high here, never a let-down for this customer.

It is a treat to call here: friendly welcome and then, once the coats and jackets are put away, an informative little session at the table where the different dishes are outlined and explained (if needed).

You need a little advice? No problem. Last evening, I had to curtail my wine-drinking as I were going out again later on. That meant I didn't (but I will next time) take up the offer of three specially selected wines to accompany the €25.00 Tasting Menu. I was wondering about a compromise rosé on the list and then our advisor offered me a glass of their newly arrived Rosé Frizzante from Piedmont.

There are six courses on the 2011 Tasting Menu here. Got off to lively start with a little Gooseberry Cordial and that was followed by a most delightfully cooked Sea Bass, with root veg and peanut vinaigrette.

On then to the Cauliflower Potage which is brought to the table and poured over praline, deep fried Thyme and a little Truffle Oil. Dish number four was Pork Belly on Puy lentils and served with Potato Gratin, again beautifully done and presented.

Then onto the Milleens Cheese and caramelised plum, yet another perfect match. Finished off with a Surprise Dessert that turned out to be Mixed Berry Jelly with raspberry sorbet and coulis. Melt in the mouth finale leaving one happy punter about to settle up and promise to anyone who’d listen that he’d be back, a promise meant to be kept.

Early on, I had some breads from the selection offered. Enjoyed very much the Walnut and Raisin and also the Parmesan. And that Italian Rosé? Very tasty indeed, lovely red berry fruit, nice acidity and a very pleasant Frizz! Summer in a bottle even it was somewhat less than summery on Lapps Quay.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010



When in Augustine’s, have the superlatives ready.

Back last night to the Clarion Hotel venue (right) for the second time in ten days, this time to try out their Tasting Menu, Augustine's contribution to Dine in Cork Week. And what a contribution! Six courses of perfection. Impeccable food, cooking, presentation and service.

Started off with a Spicy Tomato and Herb Gazpacho. It comes in a little shot glass and certainly wakes up the taste buds.

All ready then for course number two: a Salmon tartare built into a little tower with lentils, topped with flat leaf parsley and a quail’s egg. Taste buds are wide awake now, taking it all in.

Then comes the soup. An ordinary little food word. But nothing ordinary about this Mushroom and Truffle combination. Linger with this as every “beefy” spoonful should be caressed before dispatch. Excellent.

Now for the piece de resistance: the game pie. The pastry envelope was packed with shredded venison, rabbit, pheasant and chicken. This is rich stuff, embellished by chutney, boudin noir and potato. Wow!

Course five is the cheese. Choices here now with Milleens, Gubbeen Smoked and Bleu D’Auvergne available. I really enjoyed that blue, accompanied by relish and watercress.

Time for dessert, pretty as picture as usual. And the Real Fruit Jelly, the balancing tangy Blackcurrant Sorbet and the so tasty homemade shortbread biscuit, were delicious to eat as well.

And the wine wasn’t bad either. I enjoyed a couple of glasses of Vinasperi Rioja Crianza Tempranillo 2006. Costs: Six course tasting menu €25.00, wine €7.00 per glass.

See all the Dine-in-Cork menus here:
By the way, the €25.00 Tasting Menu, which has been on all year, will be taken off in the run-up to Christmas but will be renewed early in the New Year.

Monday, October 25, 2010



Jazz group It Takes 3 entertained us while chef Brendan Cashman fed us well at Augustine’s on Sunday night.

His €45.00 Jazz menu kicked off with a Bloody Mary and ended with a glass of the excellent house Port.

Enjoyed my well presented starter of Boudin of Clonakilty Black Pudding, Cauliflower Purée Salad of Spiced Apricot & Pané Quail’s Egg, Pancetta Crisp and Cider Glaze. Clon Boudin may not have featured on recent list of French prize-winners but this was certainly excellent.

Excellent also was the other starter at the table: Pan Seared Goose Foie Gras, Pear Purée, Port Soaked Baby Plum, Confit Almonds and Brioche. Other starters on the list were Pan Seared Fillet of Sea Trout and also a Wild Mushroom and Truffle Soup.

Main course was Braised Prime Ballea Farm Short Rib with a confiture of Red Pepper and Shallots, Sauce Marchaud de Vins and Triple Cooked Pommes Frites. This local meat just fell away from the bones, quite a treat. But be warned, a lot of fat comes with this cut.

The other main courses were Madeira Braised Belly of West Cork Pork, Pan Roast Fillet of Hake, Pan Roast Gnocchi and Cabernet Poached Tail of Monkfish.

Then for the cheese which was Bleu d’Auvergne and Poached Pear. I really liked this but not everyone does. I wasn't being too nosy but noticed two couple at adjacent tables, the first pair struggled with it while the second didn't touch it.

And much the same happened on my last visit here when the sole cheese was Bleu de Bresse. And in fairness, Augustine’s aren't the only restaurant putting blue cheese up – I enjoyed some from Cashel in Nautilus recently. Perhaps, with all the brilliant local cheeses available, a choice could be made available to those who baulk at the blue.

By the way, that cheese plate looked like a work of art and my dessert, Roast Autumn Fruits with Mascarpone Ice-cream, also looked well and, more importantly, tasted divine. Other desserts were Vanilla Infused Crème Brûlée and a Mocha Chocolate Tart.

There is of course quite a list of wines here, three red available by the glass, ranging from €5.00 to €7.00. We had some Spanish Langa Garnacha Syrah and Australian Pepperton Estates Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot blend.

All in all, the food was so good, you almost forgot about the trio playing in the restaurant. But they were really excellent and their music and singing added to the occasion. Augustine’s may not be set up for it but isn’t there a vacancy for a classy dine and cabaret venue in the city?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Augustine's in Cork


Tempted by the reviews on the six course tasting menu at Augustine’s, now located in the Clarion Hotel (right of photo), we headed for Lapp’s Quay last evening.

In quantity, the six courses would probably equal that of your normal three course meal. But as regards quality, this was something else and worth the 25 euro even if the free glass of wine is no longer available.
Started off with the little glass of Spicy Tomato Consommé. This cold opener was served with some handmade breads, a delicious crispy brown along with a novel and very tasty tomato and fennel.

Next up was the fish course: a fillet of pan seared Sea Bass served with a Vegetable Escabeche. Cooked to
perfection, full of taste, generally gorgeous.

Then came a bowl with something white in the base. The waiter spotted the puzzlement and quickly said ‘just a second’ before filling the cavity with a Wild Mushroom and Truffle Soup. The something white, by the way, was Parmesan Crisp. Delightful.

Now for the Assiette (plate of pork). Well, it was actually a slate (like they use in Les Gourmandises) and on it were scattered rillette of pork and crackling, Confit pork, an apple membreo and parsnip purée. A smashing combination and more substantial that you’d think at first glance.

Then came the cheese course. Just one piece of cheese with a cooked plum. But that cheese was Bleu de Bresse, a pungent cows milk cheese from the same area where the famous AOC Poulet de Bresse comes from. Again, the cheese and the plum were brilliant together providing a few very tasty mouthfuls indeed. The only snag here is that not everyone would eat that type of cheese because of its patches of blue mould.

The finale was a selection of desserts. We had a beautiful Fruit Jelly and a lively Crème Brûlée. The only bum note of the evening was the Bread and Butter Pudding, mainly because of the introduction of chocolate which didn't work for us.

Wine was a sharp refreshing zesty Julio Buchon Sauvignon Blanc (Chile 2009), cost €25.00 per bottle. All in all, it was quite a meal, a very enjoyable experience, in no small measure due to the excellent service. Highly recommended.

Check out my review of Augustines - I am cork - on Qype