Awarded by whom?
This was the worst dining experience of our 10-day visit to Cork and environs. In fact I'm being generous in selecting 'poor'.
All looked good. Attractive frontage, busy dining rooms, 'buzzy' atmosphere, locals dining and later, queues for tables; dish descriptions were enticing. However, the food was dreadful. I would have been ashamed to have presented any of the dishes offered at our home table.
I would guess that the chef (?) was trying to be clever or inventive with all the dishes we sampled. However, he or she came across as clueless. Aniseed on the onions? Cinnamon on other vegetables.
My prawn starter was amateurish. Prawns were sterile; falafels (butter bean and spinach!) were hard and tasteless - what was the point of these? All the other stuff supposedly in this dish: garlic, chilli, ginger and basil was hard to find. Slices of radish here too which, to me, is also pretty tasteless. Awful.
No improvement in the mains. Her majesty's steak was lifeless and here was to be found the inventive aniseed and cinnamon making a mockery of what should have been a traditional dish. My vegetarian moussaka was an abomination. Fennel (aniseed again!), spiced beans, lentils, cinnamon (again) - this dish couldn't decide whether it was a moussaka, a curry or a hot pot (more like a hotch potch). I guess the aubergine was the deciding factor in calling it a moussaka. It seems also that there is a world shortage of feta with the feta, orange and rocket salad containing just a few crumbs. Had words with the waitress and the manager.
Surprising that this restaurant and the Castle Cafe are part of the same group. We had an 'excellent' experience at the latter.
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