Showing posts with label Mitchelstown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mitchelstown. Show all posts

Monday, December 17, 2018

O'Callaghan's Mitchelstown. Local and Seasonal. Since 1988!


O'Callaghan's Mitchelstown
Local and Seasonal. Since 1988!

On the road again. Thinking about a light lunch. Mitchelstown comes up on the signs and immediately I think of O’Callaghan’s, a restaurant cum deli right in the middle of the town. 

On the way, we pass the sculpture of Fanahan, the local saint, who looks well fed himself. The O’Callaghan’s building is also looking very well in the weak December sunshine. And, inside, it’s very busy too.

One look at the menu tells me why. I know l’ve come for a light lunch - there is a big dinner ahead in Kilkenny that evening - but if I had come for a “proper” lunch I’d also have had hit the jackpot. And if I had wanted a salad bowl to take back to the nearby office, then I’d have been well catered for as well. And, by the way, there is also a children’s menu with lots of choice.

The menu changes daily (local and seasonal) and, on this Wednesday, lunch was being served from 12 noon until 4.30pm. There were no less than three soups on the specials and also a tempting starter based on Crowe’s crispy pancetta. Crowe’s are just one of their many local suppliers - see the full list here. 
Fanahan

Lots of main course specials, all priced around the 12 to 14 euro mark. There was a Red wine braised boeuf bourguignon, a pan-fried fillet of cod, Vegetarian baked flat mushrooms, and a vegetarian quiche,  just to give you an idea. All substantial dishes indeed.

There were salads and sandwiches of course. And here I found just what I wanted: a Caesar salad, with baby gem leaves, so fresh and crisp, Caesar dressing, Parmesan, a scattering of anchovies and croutons, for about seven euro if I remember rightly.

Meanwhile CL was tucking in, enthusiastically, to a Cajun Chicken Wrap with  tomato and onion (7 euro approx). I sampled that too and it was also excellent. Everything here is done to order. And service is top notch, friendly of course.

We enjoyed those and just regretted the fact that we couldn’t have tried the big plates! As we made our way out (checking the goodies on the shelves), punters were still piling in, some to eat, some to get a takeaway, others to order cakes and pastries (they also bake here, five different types of bread daily, four different types of scones). 

And they know what they are doing - their customers have been supporting them since they opened in 1988. And don’t worry if you see a queue as they can seat 130 people!

O’Callaghan’s Café serves food all day with extensive Breakfast and Lunch menus. As they say themselves, O’Callaghan’s is the perfect place to break a journey, whether you have time to eat in or prefer to eat on the go, O’Callaghan’s can offer everything you need!

O’Callaghan’s Deli,
19 Lower Cork St,
Mitchelstown
Co. Cork
Tel: 025-24657

Monday, October 17, 2011

A PORTER TO CARRY MY PORTER?


PORTER IN NORTH MAIN STREET


Never know what you’ll find when you visit Bradley’s in North Main Street. A bit of a sweeping statement so let’s adjust to something more like the truth: “I never know what I will leave with when I visit Bradley’s.”

Called at the weekend with a simple enough mission: to replenish my stock of Stonewell Cider and also to add the sweet PX to the Oloroso and Amontillado already bought from their brilliant Lustau sherry range.

That was easily accomplished, all in stock. But I also left with the 8 Degrees Brewing Company’s  Knockmealdown Porter and that was the first thing I tried out. It is the latest addition to the Mitchelstown based brewery’s range and follows two well received ales.

So this is the first porter. It is black (as you might expect!), rich with a chocolatley flavour and well balanced (some old world bitter hops were used). It leaves, all too soon, with a longish dry finish. I like this one, another reason to call to North Main Street. Will have to get a bigger stronger bag! Maybe a porter to carry my porter. Bottle size is 33cl and the ABV is 5%.

Had been traipsing round town looking for Port glasses, without success. Tried TKMax as a last resort. They didn't have them either but did have sets of two Riedel wine glasses at the knockdown price of €15.00. Bought a couple of sets and tried them out over the weekend with a couple of Spanish reservas. But that’s another post!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FOOD FESTIVAL IN MERRY MITCHELSTOWN

Pics from Mitchelstown Food Festival. Report to follow. Click on image to enlarge.

MITCHELSTOWN FOOD FESTIVAL

Got my Sunday dinner in Mitchelstown yesterday, at the very enjoyable Food Festival. Got a whole lot more besides. Just as well I had a boot load of shopping bags.

That dinner, for two, was very simple. A selection of sushi (€7.00) from award winners Pure Sushi to start with. Then Chicken Korma (€10.00) by Green Saffron. And we followed that by sharing one of a few cookies (€1.50 each) made by the Cookie Jar.

There was a great turnout in the Mitchelstown sun, also a crowd of pesky wasps who obviously know where the good things are. The kids were well catered for with a lively play-area and nice too to see the Bothar goats drawing the attention and hopefully a few bob for their good cause.

Went up and down between the stalls three or four times, purchasing as we went. Items such as Hummus (by O’Callaghan’s Deli), Fruit Compotes by Clotilde, cheeses (including an herbed St Brigid’s ) from the Cailini Cais and a lovely currant cake from one of the many home bake stalls all went into the bags.

Time then for a nice reviving cup of coffee (€1.80) from Drury and a sit down under the marquee. The official opening was called about 1.30pm just as a shower threatened. But the shower, the only one of the day, was mercifully shorter than the speeches which included encouraging words by Minster Simon Coveney and Supervalu chef Kevin Dundon.

Samples galore to taste. Horgan’s had a fine stand of their meats and cheeses. And their star was the award winning Honey Baked Ham on the Bone. Gorgeous, watch out for that coming up to Christmas, also their spiced beef.

Ballyhoura Apples saw a great demand for their lovely juices while newcomers 8 Degrees Brewing were handing out samples of their two ales: Howling Gale and Sunburnt Irish.

Must admit I didn't expect to see a wine stand there and certainly didn't expect to see the Wine of Kings available. The Tokaji 5-puttony Aszu 2000 was staring out at me from a display rack. Couldn’t resist and, after a tasting, bought a 50cl bottle for €22.99.

Listowel’s Wellness-Baking shared the stand with the Vivamus Wine Importer and a pack of their Gluten free, sugar free, low carbohydrate Muffin ready mix (€3.00) also found its way into one of our increasingly heavy bags.

Time to go home and sort out that dinner!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CLIMB & DINE (and more) in MITCHELSTOWN

Chef Kevin Dundon will be at the food festival.
It's all happening in Mitchelstown at the moment   

Like to climb to the top of the Galtees. This is your big chance, all for charity and a barbecue at the end of it. Details here


If you're still hungry or if you can't climb the mountain, then visit the Mitchelstown Food Festival on August 28th. Looks like a great line-up. Details here.


And still more grub. Mary O'Callaghan of O'Callaghans Deli has organised a charity night in her restaurant for Somalia. All the info here.



Just been told that this latter event has been booked out. Well done to Mary and her customers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Howling Gale, Shu Pu Erh and Country Loaf


FOOD PATROL

Got a good nose for that those strange things the experts find when they sniff a sample of wine? No wine in Little Buddha’s in McCurtain Street but you could certainly give your sniffing "muscles" a workout in this treasure trove of teas and coffees from around the world.
Black tea

Called in there today, after a longish absence, on the lookout for some Pu-erh, the black Chinese tea. They had at least six on the packed table (must have been about 100 types altogether). 

Lifted the lids on the big jars and sniffed. Some were very flowery (you could see the petals  and stems) and in the end I settled for some Shu Pu Erh and some Pu Erh Pomegranate and Nettle.

The first is a four year old loose black tea, from the Menghai district in Yunnan province, the second is 79% tea to which have been added nettle leaves (7.2%) and pomegranate seeds (1.3%).

I let slip that I had been drinking branded varieties of Pu Erh. The lady was rather shocked. “Oh, those are very weak.”  She warned. “These are much stronger. For the morning, not for the evening.”

They also have a big selection of flavoured coffees and lots of accessories. If you can't get into town (to give those sniffers a test), then the next best thing to view the website.

North Main Street proved fruitful. Called into Michael in Bradley’s  for some Howling Gale made by the Eight Degree Brewery  in Mitchelstown.

Man does not live by beer alone so next stop was Daily Bread, just a few doors up, where I bought a lovely Country Loaf. The young lady behind the counter while plying me with a sample of their breads along with some tasty Spanish ham told me they had recently taken over the shop and would have some publicity material available shortly. I’ll let you know.

O’Brien Chop House are well known for their Curry Nights but there are some big differences on July  22nd as the event is being held in Ballyvolane House and is in aid of charity. Get the details here