Ireland as a country has developed and grown so much over the last number of years and the same can be said for its ‘Second City’, Cork. Often a subtle indicator of a city’s affluence or multiculturalism is its range of restaurants, cafes and other such eateries and in the case of Cork, it is definitely on the up.
You can find almost any type of cuisine you could want in the city. There is something to suit every palette and every wallet. The best thing any visitor could do is simply explore. On Patrick Street, the main thoroughfare there are a wealth of Chinese and Thai restaurants such as Tsung Sing, the Ruen Thai and the exotically named Ambassador. If you are looking for something a bit closer to home there are French and Italian restaurants all over the city. The Strasbourg Goose which is on French Church Street, just off Patrick Street and Rossini’s which is on Prince’s Street are two examples but there are many, many more. You will also find ‘traditional’ Irish food in any of the bars around the city or if you simply head towards the countryside!
If you are looking for something a little different there is Cafe Mexicana which, as the name suggests, is a Mexican restaurant on Carey’s Lane, again off Patrick St. If you are in the mood for a taste of Spain there is a Tapas bar on Bridge St. and if you are a vegetarian there is an entirely vegetarian restaurant called Cafe Paradiso on the Quay. You needn’t limit yourself to the city centre either. If you make your way to the suburbs you can find well priced, good food. If you find yourself in the Douglas area try a place called Eco’s and if you make it out to Bishopstown you could try a Chinese restaurant called The Wylam. Or you could leave the city altogether and head to West Cork. Here you are likely to be impressed by anything you try. Bantry and Castletownbere are renowned for seafood while the area itself is one of the most beautiful places in the world!
As I said, it is possible to find whatever you are looking for and most restaurants are quite reasonably priced. If, however, you are out to spend then you could try Jacobs on the Mall in the city centre or The Barn which is North of the city in a place called Glanmire. I said it once and I’ll say it again. If you have time; explore. It’s the best way to find the best places.
My personal favourites are Cassanova’s which is an Italian restaurant on North Main St. and the Farmgate which is located above Cork’s world famous indoor fresh food market. The English Market is an institution in Cork. The Farmgate uses much of the produce found just below it in the market stalls. The results are spectacular.