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chicfille Apr 2, 2012 04:53 PM

pls help advise, one lunch only in each, food writer in unknown lands. Cork, Max's in Kinsale; Dublin, Pearl Brasserie, Pig's Ear, chez Max in Baggot St.; Inverness, River House or Rocpool; Edinburgh, Ondine, drinks in Kings Wark Pub; Newcastle, Muller.

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    Harters Apr 6, 2012 03:08 PM

    IMO, Max's is probably the best in Kinsale (and, frankly, there's not a lot of competition). If you're in Cork city, I wouldnt bother travelling to Kinsale. for lunch.

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      PappyAustin Apr 7, 2012 02:30 PM

      I'm going to be in Kinsale for 24 hours on a Tuesday next month. We will be on foot, so need to stay in Kinsale for meals. I was thinking about Fishy Fish for lunch and Max's for dinner. By the way, I can't find a way to contact Max's to make a reservation short of calling them from the U.S. Anyone know an email address? Any comments or other suggestions??

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        Harters Apr 7, 2012 03:36 PM

        You should be able to make a reservation via the Kinsale Good Food Circle:

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      DublinChow Apr 6, 2012 02:57 PM

      Don't go to Kinsale for lunch, good food but same-y, for something different but Irish - def try Crawford Gallery and the Pigs Ear in Dublin or newly opened The Greenhouse in Dublin (that chef is taking Irish food to new places) has foodies salivating and great reviews!

      1. scoopG Apr 5, 2012 05:21 AM

        For old world Fish and Chips (and mashed peas and more) take a taxi to Lennox's Take Away at 137 Bandon Street. Take out only. Or perhaps for some refined fare the dining room at the Crawford Art Gallery.


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          chicfille Apr 5, 2012 06:11 AM

          Brilliant suggestion, looks fab.

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          daves2009 Apr 4, 2012 12:48 PM

          Pearl Brasserie in Dublin is excellent. Pichet would also be a nice option.

          1. scoopG Apr 4, 2012 06:41 AM

            Cork City: Cafe Paradiso

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              chicfille Apr 4, 2012 07:27 AM

              Thanks so mmuch, open only at weekends for lunch, ScoopG

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                scoopG Apr 4, 2012 08:01 AM

                What day does your ship dock? It is open on Friday's for lunch....

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              Al Toon Apr 4, 2012 06:37 AM

              I have never heard of a restaurant called Muller in Newcastle. I'd recommend Cafe 21 on Trinity Gardens or, for something more casual, The Broad Chare Pub, which is just around the corner from 21.

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                chicfille Apr 4, 2012 02:36 PM

                Thank you, Al Toon, both places have the same ownership, which do you prefer?

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                  Al Toon Apr 5, 2012 07:31 AM

                  Cafe 21 does the best food in the city as far as I'm concerned. The Broad Chare is good, but it's more hearty gastro pub cooking.

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                AWaiting Apr 3, 2012 04:57 AM

                I don't quite know what you're looking for here. You've stated a restaurant in each city. Are these your intended venues and you're asking for confirmation as to whether you should go there? Ondine is a great restaurant and I'd have no trouble recomending it but I don't know what you're looking for.

                Totally agree with Orchard that making the trip across Edinburgh from Ondine probably isn't worth it for Kings Wark. It's not bad, it's just a long way to go for something that can be satisifed more easily. For proximity, as well as Bow Bar I'd also sugest the Jolly Judge close to Ondine. The range of beers and Whisky is not as extensive but there's a lot of character to the bar due to it being located down one of the closes.

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                  chicfille Apr 3, 2012 10:42 AM

                  Yes, we're on a ship that docks in each city the entire day. Thanks for Ondine info.

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                  orchidalbion Apr 3, 2012 01:30 AM

                  If you're having lunch in Ondine, you can walk across the road and a few steps down the street to the Bow Bar for drinks, lots of whiskies, great beer - lots of info about it on the web - unless of course you're specifically going to Leith, I haven't been in Kings Wark Pub but on reputation its more famed for its breakfasts and food (though I'm sure its nice)

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