Showing posts with label Lemon Leaf Cafe. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lemon Leaf Cafe. Show all posts

Monday, December 4, 2017

Taste of the Week Special from On The Pig's Back. Celebrating Spiced Beef

Taste of the Week Special from On The Pig's Back

A Celebration of Spiced Beef in Cork Cafés

Popped across the city to On the Pig’s Back in Douglas to start the Spiced Beef Week in Cork’s Character Cafes. Warm welcome and soon we were sitting at the table with two menus, the regular and the specials. The regular is packed with good things: Paté Plate; Charcuterie and Cheese Board; and a Terrine Plate. Quiche, Fish and Brisket all featured on the specials  (see below). 

Great choices indeed but where was that spiced beef, I'd come for? It turned out it was on the Sandwich Menu, the one we hadn't been offered. The spiced beef was fresh in from Jack McCarthy in Kanturk and is a regular on the menu here. It comes with perfectly matured fruity milky Brie de Meaux Nugier and is packed into delicious Arbutus Wholemeal slices, big but tender. 

The whole combination, they don't reveal all the ingredients (super secret, I'm told), was absolutely perfect. There was a wee bowl of extras including broccoli florets, Feta cubes, sun-dried tomatoes, nuts etc and, all in all, it was five star food, dressed in humble garb, not that there was anything untidy at all about the presentation. Just goes to show that once the ingredients are fresh and when they are well handled and matched, that you can dine like a king for a fair price (€8.95 in this case).

And the same price too for our other sandwich: Chicken and Harissa Mayo with salad and roasted peppers, again on that magnificent Arbutus Wholemeal sourdough. Another excellent lunch. A top class munch. Other city restaurant participating in the Spiced Beef Week are Idaho Café and Nash 19. In Nash 19, they have great time for Derek McCarthy’s spiced beef.

Monday's specials at On the Pig's Back whose store in
the English Market is celebrating 25 years in business. Well done!
Over 12 cafés are supporting the week so those south and west of the city won't be short of spiced beef choices either. Check out the Lemon Leaf Café in Kinsale, the award winning Kalbo’s in Skibbereen, the Riverside also in Skibb, the Stuffed Olive in Bantry and URRU on the banks of the river in Bandon. 

Well done to Failte Ireland food champion Ruth of URRU who has organised this (and previous) themed week. URRU serve Allshire's spiced beef and Ruth says that Maurice, producer of Rosscarbery Biltong, “is going to do something very special with it for us for the week".

Many of the Cork cafés will be using the Spiced Beef from the Chicken Inn in the English Market. They have been producing the famous beef for over fifty years now and Tim Mulcahy tells me they supply some of Cork’s finest independent cafés.

That list includes Idaho where the Quesadilla will be filled with Tim’s spiced beef, Monterey Jack cheese, pickles and French's mustard. “It's like a crispy New York deli taste, but using a spiced beef that is produced in Cork. Idaho Café love Tim Mulcahy's beef, moist, lightly but firmly spiced and evocative of Christmas and a proud history of food production in this city. €9 on the menu for that week!” Beat that boy!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Lemon Leaf Cafe

The Lemon Leaf Cafe
 Quite a few rooms in the Lemon leaf Cafe in Kinsale. You’ll be at home in any of them, although many costumers gravitate towards the glass roofed one, so bright and airy. Pick a seat or  a sofa and study the menu.

 It is open seven days a week. You may have your breakfast here, Scrambled Eggs on their toasted artisan bread or maybe the Bagel special (local handmade sausage and smoky bacon on toasted bagel with homemade tomato and apple chutney). And much more.

Breakfast is served until 2.00pm but in mid-morning, perhaps you’d like their coffee (Ariosa from County Meath roasters) and a scone. Oh, just to mention as I know many of you, just like me, like to support local producers, that the Lemon Leaf also makes it a priority. Here you may choose meat from Lordan’s in Ballinspittle, bread from Tom’s Artisan Bakery in Kinsale, Durrus cheese, Clonakilty Black pudding, free range eggs from Beechwood Farm and Katie’s Bandon chocolates – including the very popular sticky hot chocolate. 

If you’re in for lunch, you’ll be trying some of those tasty products. Maybe a Beef Burger with Durrus cheese on toasted ciabatta or perhaps a Feuille De Brique (baked filo parcel with daily filling, served with couscous & mixed baby leaves). Soups and sandwiches also. No shortage of choice here at any time.

And this is also a family friendly place. Not alone do the kids have their own tasty looking menu, but your small one may well get his own little table, next to yours, and when he or she is finished the meal, will have a bunch of crayons or similar supplied to pass the time.

We arrived on a sunny mid-afternoon looking for something sweet. We were in the right place. They have a good selection of cakes and an even better selection of beverages. All the delicious cakes are home baked and the selection varies according to the day.

Lemon drizzle slices (€2.20) and a Lemon Cheesecake (4.50) were our choices with a pot of excellent tea. My tea was Earl Grey, made with the biggest tea bag I’ve seen in a while, a third bigger than normal I’m told! Enjoyed the visit.

By the way, if you are in a rush and can’t linger a while, you may make a visit to their on-site store and buy quite a few of the products to take home and enjoy.

Monday to Friday 8.30AM TO 4.30PM
Saturday and Sunday 8.30AM to 5PM
Call             021 4709792    

70 Main Street,
Kinsale, Co. Cork