Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don't you just love Cork?

I love going to Cork. I was there for work last week and after spending the morning listening to the harrowing stories of two homeless people I had to interview, I was badly in need of some sustenance and comfort.

My first choice was the fabulously art deco Electric Cork where I have yet to eat but have heard such good reports about. But it was not to be as they don't serve lunch on Wednesdays. Hmm, I wondered, where to now?

I strolled through the English Market where I nibbled on some Frank Hederman smoked salmon and bought Macroom oats, some Clive McCabe teas, Vacherin cheese and orzo as I considered my options. (If you have yet to visit this wonderful place, it should be the first place on your list whenever you're next in Cork.)

I eventually hit upon the idea of going to The Liberty Grill. 

Located on Washington Street, this is a bright, buzzy place with a modern vibe. It's always busy, no matter what the time of day, and its menu seems to have something to appeal to all appetites and tastes.

I was instantly greeted by a very friendly member of staff who offered me a copy of that day's paper as I was on my own. He also presented me with the menu, which tempted me with all sorts of great dishes. There are sandwiches - a choice of steak, chicken, club, crab, halloumi cheese and ham, chicken and Swiss cheese - served on sourdough or seeded rye bread. There are salads, ranging from classics such as Caesar salad and niceoise salad to more unusual combinations such as a vegan San Fran salad of soya and chilli-fried tempeh, herbed quinoa and dressed leaves. There are great brunch options which include the house muesli, porridge, pancakes, quesadillas, and baked eggs. I loved the idea of the posh toasts, which come with a range of toppings including sautéed mushrooms, spicy crab and tomato and avocado as well as more classic offerings such as eggs benedict.

But I was really hungry and none of these seemed enough. I wanted a proper lunch and I wanted it Liberty Grill style.The Liberty Grill is known for its burgers so I had to have one of those. But seeing as I didn't want meat, I opted for a crab burger.

It was a good choice. There was lots of crab and white fish in the burger which was coated in a pleasingly crunchy crust. It was served on a bed of rocket and with a zingy lemon and dill sauce and the crispest of chips. My only complaint was that the bun was a little dry and had too much of that sweet processed taste for my liking.

But these are niggling things. Overall, the Liberty Grill was a friendly, buzzing place with a great menu and I enjoyed my lunch there. The price was good too - €14.95 for my burger and a sparkling water.  It ensured that my love affair with Cork continues and I'm looking forward to visiting the city again soon. Where should I go for lunch/dinner next time?

The Liberty Grill  
32 Washington Street
021 427 1049
Open Mon-Thu 8am - 9pm; Fri-Sat 8am - 10pm


  1. That crab burger looks great and huge! I love crabcakes but have never had a crab burger (or even seen one).
    I am not a huge fan of burger buns and sometimes I have to leave them aside because of that taste you described. How was the price, might I ask?

  2. Mona, it was a good burger (or a take on a crab cake in a burger bun!).
    I can't believe I forgot to mention the price. I've amended the post now to include it. It was €14.95 with a sparkling water - reasonable enough I thought for what it was.
    Down with crappy burger buns, eh!

  3. Gorgeous sounding list of food on offer here. I was going to ask if there is an American influence to the menu, until I saw the name and address of the restaurant! The burger looks great, and, a reasonable price too.

  4. There is a definite American influence, Colette. But actually, the food is from all over really. Lots of influences.

  5. Sounds lovely!! I cannot wait to take a trip to the English Market!!

  6. Paula, if you've never been, you are in for a real treat! It's my favourite foodie haunt in the country!

  7. Love the Liberty Grill, I take for granted that I work across the road from it! Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Have you been to the Electric, Chantelle? And what other places would you recommend for food in Cork?