In recent times, with all the problems of rising costs and staff shortages, we have seen a number of restaurants decide to close their tents and that is really unfortunate. These are all creative, hard-working people and hopefully they will reappear in the near future. That said, it’s not all and murky, because restaurants are opening up fast, too. Indeed, for the past few weeks, I’ve been struggling to decide which new place to consider next.
His offer of the week includes a trip from the M8 to Cork, to Paladar, a Latin American cocktail bar and restaurant on Bridge Street. As the younger sibling of one of the best bars in Cork, that naturally piqued my interest. Its big brother, Cask, is right around the corner from MacCurtain Street and operates under the umbrella of Richard Evans’ Isaacs Hotel.
With a stunning backdrop, Cask hit it off again in 2017, with Andy Ferreira on top to create great cocktails and then-chef, Bryan McCarthy, complementing them with beautiful small plates.
McCarthy, now based in London, is an outstanding chef who should have had a Michelin star during his time at the hotel’s Greenes Restaurant — another shortcoming of the rubber team — and this must have been the case. disappointed him, especially when four other people who were new to Rebel County during those years received coveted stars. The head chef in Greenes today is Veronica Ozores and she is keeping the standard.
McCarthy isn’t the only star, however, with Ferreira’s cocktails becoming so popular, he and Richard Evans have now opened the Paladar.
We hopped into a taxi on the first day of opening on Saturday, trying to make it through before the venue was dropped.
Cocktails are being shaken, bossa nova is tapping your feet, and you can disappear into one of the cozy little booths across from the bar and stay there forever. A cheerful, smiling waiter quickly came to our table with an enticing cocktail list of ‘Classic’ and ‘Family’ cocktails — all for €13.
Tropical Itch sounds great, with Dingle Vodka, Bacardi 4 Rum, Myers Rum, mango, lemon and Angostura Bitters, as well as Funky Kingston with Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum, Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, Campari, strawberry and vermouth house blend.
However, wanting to get back to the wonderful Imperial Hotel, where we were staying, without falling on my face, I reached for an old favorite, a wonderful Caipirinha of Fuba Cachaca, with lemon and sugar, while my friend Mary does not. – Alcoholic Mojito (€8.50).
The ‘Snacks’ (€4.50-€8.50) and ‘Small Plates’ (€11-€16) are really cool, exactly what we want now and delivered quickly. Naturally, have tequila-flavored butter with your bread. Anything else? Pao de queijo is a traditional Brazilian cheese bread with pulled pork, pickles and green onions; while anticuchos are smoked beef skewers with corn salsa and garlic oil.
Cerdo con papa – slow cooking bacon and potatoes – with molasses and spiced butter winks at us, too moqueca — rich pan-fried fish moqueca hot sauce.
Also on the menu is an old favorite, ceviche — citrus marinated fish, with leche de tigre, sweet potato and spiced butter.
In the end, Mary really liked the deep fried empanada (8€), a long, delicious roll with minced beef, olives and eggs, served with Cuban salsa creola and jalapeno aioli peppers, which we cut into chunks. pieces to share. We also have nuestra guacamole (€8.50) — mashed avocado served with sour cream, pico de gallo and wonderfully light and gluten-free crackers.
Side dishes for €5-€5,50 — baked potatoes with salsa verde; french fries with jalapeno aioli; broccoli with dende farofa (Tapioca); or ajo blanco (White Spanish Soup).
We skipped dessert (€8-€8.50). Features pina colada – spiced pineapple, rum, specialty coconut and desiccated coconut; or banana tart with dark chocolate, banana and white chocolate sauce. With the service, our bill amounted to €42.50. Hasta la vista!
Paladar, 6 Bridge Street, Cork. Phone: (021) 229-0045, paladar.ie
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