Showing posts with label Greenes Restaurant. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Greenes Restaurant. Show all posts

Monday, September 12, 2022

Tour de Gastronomie. Greene's Kitchen Skilfully Manage The Bounties Of The Seasons .

Tour de Gastronomie


Greenes Kitchen Skilfully Manage The Bounties Of The Seasons

It’s early on a September Friday evening and the courtyard between Greenes Restaurant and her now grown-up sister Cask is abuzz with diners. We make our way through to the waterfall and turn right into the restaurant and there’s a warm welcome from sommelier Frank* who combine(s)d his wine duties with restaurant manager. 

We were in early, early enough for their excellent value Early Bird (5-6pm). Other choices also available, including Prix Fixe, A La Carte and Tasting Menu. After a fair bit of “reading” and double checking, we settle on the Prix Fixe (55 euro a head) and we will not be at all disappointed. Au contraire!

The excellence here begins in the fields, the seas and the forests, with farmers, growers, foragers and fishermen, in Cork and in the region generally. It is meticulously maintained and cooked and presented by the team in Greene’s kitchen. And it is served with accuracy and smiles by the front of house team. 

We’ve made our choices and our wines have been brought to the table. A glass of Grüner Veltliner (Steiniger, Kamptal, Austria), light, fruity and with crisp acidity, for her; a glass of Lingenfelder Fox Label (Pfalz, Germany), deliciously juicy with ripe fruits by the German family for me. Both glasses are 175ml by the way, as large as you’ll get anywhere in Ireland.

Then there’s a surprise unlisted set of snacks, salmon sushi style, a creamy apple-topped soup and a pork belly croquette. Super bites and signs of the goodness to come. Delicious breads on the table also.

I started with a colourful and wonderful plate of Glenmar Salmon Gravlax, Toasted Almond Milk, Parsley, Pickled Red Onion, Crispy Capers. The salmon and the toothsome red onion were the main duo and the milky sauce helped it all on its delightful way.

My second choice (from five) would have been the Heirloom Tomato, with Basil Yogurt, Grapefruit, Vanilla, Sunflower Seeds, Tomato Water and CL loved it. There was a bit of sharing going on, there always is. I enjoyed my bits no end, as did she. Next time, we’ll have to swap courses!

Then it was on to Market Chicken (from Twomey’s of Macroom) and, as always here, the breast meat was soft, tender, succulent, moreish! Especially with the Coconut and Lemon Grass, Sweet potato, Bok Choi, Crispy Chickpeas.


Again, we had five choices and my pick was a favourite, the Skeaghanore Duck Breast (medium rare), with Carrot, Braised Endives, and Jus and more. Tasty and toothsome, this consistently satisfying dish is a must if you like duck. By the way, all main courses come with a side of vegetables and potatoes to share. Needless to say, these were spot-on.

Desserts can often be a letdown in restaurants. Quite often the lemon posset is no great shakes. But it is a different story, different class, here and the Lemon Posset and Raspberries, Oatmeal Lace Biscuit, Raspberry Sorbet is highly recommended by CL. And I can honestly give a major thumbs up to my Dark Chocolate and Hazelnuts Torte, Praline Caramel, Barley Ice Cream. 

* Suppliers, just to give you an idea of the provenance here, include: Waterfall Farm, Ballyhoura Mountain Mushrooms, Scup Gelato, Glenmar Shellfish, Ballycotton Seafood, Skeaghanore Duck, McCarthys of Kanturk, Michael Twomey (Macroom), Ardsallagh Goats, and Bushby Strawberries. Just a few names, list changes by the season.

* Frank Schiltcamp, who told me last week, publicly announced on Twitter on Sunday last that he was leaving: 
After 7 amazing years, today was my last day in It's been an absolute pleasure working with such talented people throughout the years but now it's time for a little sabbatical. Thank you guys, you've been nothing short of legendary!

Best of luck Frank and enjoy!!! And best wishes also to Head Chef Veronica and to new manager Noel.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cheers on Beer, Spirits and Wine. With Galway Hooker, Wicklow Wolf, Greenes, Shelbourne Bar, Wines of the World, BeoirFest.

Cheers on Beer, Spirits and Wine. With Galway Hooker, Wicklow Wolf, Greenes, Shelbourne Bar, Wines of the World, BeoirFest. #210319

15 Year Anniversary Double IPA is here
As promised, we would be making this Double IPA available to our online customers, and newsletter sign ups as soon as we could. This beer will be canned next week (25th of March) and will be sent out the very same day. There are only 30, 12x440ml cases available. Of course we've got a discount code for you loyal few! 
Use code DOUBLE15 , for 15% off. 
Bar that, we just wanted to say a heart felt thank you, to all of you that have supported our little brewery over the last 15 years. We appreciate it more than you know. 

The Wicklow Wolf Locavore Project...

Before they became Wicklow Wolf, two friends, Quincey and Simon, Influenced by their time spent in California, a passion for home-brewing and a thirst for craft beer, they began the journey in setting up a brewery in Wicklow. Simon’s background is in horticulture and he wanted to plant hops on his farm in the Wicklow hills. A seed was planted and Wicklow Wolf was born thanks to the coming together of two friends wanting to start a brewery and the desire to plant a hop farm (the first commercial hop farm in Ireland in over 25 years). 

Time moved on and now to  To celebrate Wicklow, our terroir, the provenance of this great landscape and to push our commitment to brewing beer in a sustainable way. With this in mind, The Locavore Project was born. The Locavore Project epitomises the core philosophy that Wicklow Wolf was founded upon, provenance and pride. The Locavore Project allows us to celebrate the terroir of Wicklow, our home and champion it with small batch, local, experimental beers.  

Read more about the Wicklow Wolf project here and check out their beers while you are there!

Frank, the somm in Greene's has been in touch:
"Really looking forward to our 'Meet the Winemaker' online zoom tasting on Friday 19th March at 8pm We are teaming up with & This event will sell out very fast so get your orders in now! #winetasting #supportlocal"

Shelbourne Bar Will Serve You...

Missing the genuine Irish Whiskey Bar experience?
You can now gather your friends for a personalised Online Whiskey Tasting. We supply the whiskey, the whiskey expert and we can even supply the glass!

Wines of the World - Join the Club!

Did you know that we can deliver specially selected wines to your door each month?
€70.00 every month for 1 year

The perfect subscription for you - The Wine Lover!

Our wine experts select 6 delicious wines from around the world and send to your door each month.


  • A mix of 6 different wines

  • Free Delivery Nationwide

  • Tasting Notes for each wine

  * Please note subscription plans will dispatch between the 19th-22nd of each month *

BeoirFest Continues this Saturday

This Saturday we have another great Brewers Roundtable organised. We're going to look at lagers and reds, which should make for a nice comparison. And a great chat as usual of course!

We'll have Dublin's Liberator, Four Provinces Poddle, and Craft Bears Imperial Red so feel free to pick one up in advance if you want. Of course you can also just turn up, enjoy the chat and get involved.

We'll have spot prizes as well. See you on Saturday at 3pm at!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Cheers on Beers, Wine and Spirits. Lots of Tastings Coming Up. And More Packed in this Issue. Mothers Day. Patrick's Day.

 Cheers on Beers, Wine and Spirits. Lots of Tastings Coming Up. And So Much More Packed into this Issue.  #211003


Clonakilty Distillery Mother's Day Gifts 

Celebrate the special woman in your life this Mother’s Day with gifts of love from Clonakilty Distillery that goes beyond the ordinary.
Whether they're a mum, step mum, mother-in-law or foster mum.
 We’ve got a gift to make every parents day, for every type of family, this 14th March.

Greenes And Wines Direct

'Meet the winemaker' zoom wine tasting We are excited to announce our online event with

Valencia in Spain including 2 wines, artisan cheese & charcuterie. The tasting will take place on Friday 19th March @ 8pm.


Laurent Miquel Tasting Case

O'Briens Wine Host French Tasting Event

Join us for a virtual online wine tasting on Thursday, 8th April 2021 at 7pm

O’Briens Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW will be joined by Vigneron and Winemaker Laurent Miguel along with his Irish wife Neasa from their beautiful home at Château Les Auzines, Corbières, in the South of France leading you on an expert tasting session you don’t want to miss. We will be tasting an Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé and a velvety Languedoc red while Laurent and Neasa chat about their wines, vineyard stories and give us a taste of their South of France lifestyle.

Save your spot by buying your Laurent Miquel Online Tasting Case, limited spots available – don’t miss out!

What you’ll get:
1x Laurent Miquel La Gaupine Sauvignon Blanc usual RRP €14.95
1x Les Auzines Alaina Rosé usual RRP €16.95
1x Les Auzines Alaina Albariño usual RRP €16.95
1x Les Auzines Hautes Terres Rouges usual RRP €14.95
1x Tasting Sheet
1x Exclusive access to the Wine Tasting via Zoom
Offer Price including delivery €60

Order before Friday 19th March to ensure delivery of your wines! Your tasting pack will be dispatched from the 24th March onwards (please allow between 3-5 days for delivery).

On Monday 5th April your link to the Zoom tasting will be sent to the email address you provide when placing your order. Please note this pack is not available for sale in our stores.

If you have any questions please contact
From Galway Hooker

15 Year Anniversary Double IPA
This Double IPA will be hitting shelves in Mid March to celebrate our 15 year anniversary. We're really excited for this release! ShopShop

Lough Gill Brewery presents...
☘️☘️☘️ KELSEY GRAMMER ☘️☘️☘️ Faith American Brewing Co.

With no pubs or parades this St Patrick's Day, what better way to celebrate the day than by brewing a very special collab beer with New York's Faith American Brewing Company. The brewing collaboration will be carried out virtually on March 17th with brewery founder and famous Hollywood actor, Kelsey Grammer. Tune in to our instagram on the St Patrick's Day where we will be going live with Kelsey on the day to announce details of the collaboration. Don't miss it! 

LIVE Virtual Tasting Friday March 26th 7pm

Wines Of The World

We are really looking forward to our Virtual Tasting via ZOOM with Casa Silva.

This will be a live interactive virtual tasting with our wine expert Kate Barry and Stephen Ludlam from Casa Silva.

Casa Silva is Chiles most awarded winery of the 21th Century – outstanding wines of great quality and fantastic value.

Viña Casa Silva has the oldest wine cellar in the Colchagua Valley. Beneath its traditional and historic facade, however, is one of Chile’s most modern wine facilities.

More here.


St Patrick's Hamper of all Hampers from Blacks.

This St Patricks day looks like another party at home situation so why not mix it up a bit and finally get the cocktail bar you have always wanted. This mega pack includes everything you need to make over 100 cocktails at home (except the ice). For a bargain price of only €600.00 That`s 60 cents a drink Tom? "sure is, Show Me The Money".

Monday, January 25, 2021

Greenes@Home Serve Up Three Course Winner. Hit Jackpot With Click And Collect!

 Greenes@Home Serve Up Three Course Winner.

Hit Jackpot With Click And Collect!

We’re staying close to home for our takeout meals these days and our latest came from Greenes Restaurant in MacCurtain Street. Collected the box about 5.30pm and while walking to the car began to think that there was something missing as it felt so light. But everything was there and, after a little “work” at home, we enjoyed a magnificent high quality, restaurant quality meal.

They do vary the offering and the starter of Goatsbridge Trout and Crab Rillettes (paté), organic salad leaves, peppers, Lemon and Dill Mayo and crackers was new to us and one that we can highly recommend. We’re big fans of Goatsbridge. With produce of this quality meeting a chef of Bryan McCarthy's skill, we knew that we were onto a good thing and so it proved. The Rillettes were superb and those impeccable organic salad leaves and peppers were elevated by the Mayo.

The other starter available on the night was Beetroot, Ardsallagh Goats Cheese, Walnuts Puff Pastry Tart. Enticing, especially with the salad on the side. As you see with Goatsbridge and Ardsallagh, the Greenes kitchen has deep and long lasting ties to the region.

Meanwhile the cod was being cooked in the oven, the Dashi cream and sea vegetables in a saucepan on low heat. A pretty simple dish really but simply superb. The fish was pristine and exquisitely delicious, the sea veg provided an injection of ocean flavour, plus a little crunch and all wrapped up in that creamy dashi sauce. Well presented too, by the way! Must say the service was top notch.

Other mains on the nights menu included Twomey’s Lamb Shoulder, carrot purée, caramelised carrots, red wine jus; also on the list was Braised Feather blade of Angus Beef (a speciality of the house), parish purée, glazed parsnip black cabbage, red wine jus. Plus a Courgette & Lemon Risotto.

Three desserts tempted: Sticky Toffee Pudding; Chocolate Tart; and our Calamansi Cheesecake with Honeycomb. Calamansi is a citrus fruit similar to lemon and limes; the tree is indigenous to the Philippines. A new one to me but would have no hesitation if I see it offered in the future. No hesitation either in going back to Greenes for another Click and Collect or, better still, for a sit-down meal there when the time is right!

You’ll be glad to know that Greenes are continuing their At Home offering for the foreseeable (although this word is becoming somewhat redundant these Covid days) future. They normally have one set of menus for Wednesday and Thursday, another for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is some overlap of course but, with changes every now and then, plenty of variety as well. Check out the current offering here and, while you’re on, have a look at their drinks offers (wines, beers, cocktails).

Our choices from last Saturday’s menu were:

Goatsbridge Trout and Crab Rillettes (paté), organic salad leaves, peppers, Lemon and Dill Mayo and crackers. No home “work” needed!

Pan Seared Cod, Dashi Cream sauce and sea vegetables. (About ten minutes in the oven - you do get instructions and you may even watch online tutorials on Instagram and Facebook.

Calamansi Cheesecake with Honeycomb. The only thing I had to do here was look the word Calamansi!