What did we ever do before butternut squash?
That question was popped in Greene's Restaurant (by the waterfall) last evening as Dine in Cork Week continued with yet another smashing meal for €25.00.
The butternut squash came in one of the starters where it was combined with Ardsallagh Goats Cheese in a Spring roll, quite a large one, served with mixed baby leaves and a beetroot dressing. We both enjoyed one.
Then on to the main courses. The West Cork confit of duck leg was on parmesan mash, braised red cabbage and a rosemary jus. An excellent deep plateful though the strongish aroma of the Rosemary jus permeated everything.
We also had the 8 oz ribeye steak, with a brandy pepper sauce. It was cooked to perfection and the presentation was impressive as the dauphnoise potato stack had a neat layer of onion added before being crowned with a Portobello mushroom. Enjoyed that one!
I went for the Irish Liqueur Crème Caramel. It was a lovely dessert but I must say the Crème Brule across the table was really one of the best we've ever come across and to top it off it was served with a few delicious homemade shortbread biscuits and ice-cream, a real five star treat.
Very happy too with our bottle of the house red (c €23.00), a Sicilian Ca'di Ponti Nero D'Avola 2008. It was a juicy, easy-drinking treat with "ripe black cherry and plum fruit" and a hint of spice. Coffee was also included in the price and needless to say we got a friendly welcome and excellent service. Highly recommended. Got out and try that Dine in Cork menu. Most restaurants, including Greene's have four choices per course and you won't go wrong!
Had coffee and scones in Greenes by the waterfall this Saturday morning. Great coffee, great scone (not to mention jam and cream) - all well presented by a friendly waitress. Sat back in the comfortable chairs and enjoyed it very much indeed. Cost for two: €10.40.
We went to this restaurant through Isac Hhotel where we had accompdation (anyway as a guest you can get 10 % discount for meal at Greens) however, back to the point. Greens was the best Cork restaurant for 2012 i guess and we know why. Service - Perfect, meal - Delitious, you are getting starter for free as well, wine - super and backgrout so romantice. Just price is little bit higher 50% more than normal restaurant, but it was really great :-)
Along with some of the previous reviewers, i was anticipating something a bit more than what was delivered. The service and staff were quite friendly, accommodating (we had a "large" party of 8) , and efficient (4 stars) , so they definitely scored on the mark here.
We ordered from the "early bird " 3-course prix-fixe menu, which is available all evening on Monday and Tuesday, so we were spared [what I suspect may be] a considerable amount of the priciness we would have experienced had we ordered the same a la carte.
The Prix Fixe Menu was significantly skewed toward the fish selection direction (but hey, this is Cork, remember?) , but, not being anything of an ichthyophile, I opted for a Vegan meal.
The Tomato Coriander Soup was absolutely superb (5 stars!) , and I probably should have stopped there. The Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini was quite bland and the sauce mostly milk and quite thin (1/2 to 1 star). A token offering for the lacto-vegans of the world, I suppose. Perhaps they ran out of roux that night, having used it all in the soup. How I wish they would have used some of it in the Tortellini sauce.
Fresh ingredients can go a long way in most cases, and most certainly, these were present in abundance, but mediocre preparation can detract significantly from the overall experience, which, unfortunately, on this particular night, happened to be the case
The Bailey's Creme Brulee was likewise decent (3 stars), but not as extraordinary as I had hoped.
Depending upon what your expectations are, you may or may not come away disappointed.
Even though I'd read mixed reviews of Greenes, I thought I'd give it a try, especially since it was right across the street from my hotel. Well, I should have walked a little further. What a disappointment. Greenes is a 3 Star restaurant that thinks it's a 5 star...and charges as if it were a 5 Star. The prime example of this was the pianist in the corner playing classical music on and electric piano...a 5 Star idea with a 3 Star execution. It didn't help that the pianist missed more notes than a blind bank teller, and although I was cringing, most people seemed unaware.
The atmosphere is casual and not overly stuffy; the decor, a bit out dated. The food is adequate, We shared a starter of Mussels which were nice. I had the Whole Baked Sea Bass which was tasty and my friend had the Boullibase which although it had plenty of fresh fish was a bit bland. We shared a cheese plate for dessert and that was nicely presented. Throw in a 30 euro bottle of wine and a meal for 2 people who shared a dessert without coffee came to about 100 euro.
There was nothing horribly wrong with the meal or the restaurant, it's just that there was nothing that great about it either. For the money it was disappointing and in Cork you can do a lot better. As a reviewer before me stated, it's worth going to Greenes for a late dessert and coffee enjoyed by the flood-lit waterfall; but if you are looking for a fabulous dining experience, give Greens a miss.
This is that restaurant that everyone praises to the highest degree & I almost feel bad about writing such a crap review, but what's a review without honesty? Now perhaps it's my foreign palate speaking here & maybe this place just tastes different to an American from NYC, but I hated it! It came with such high recommendations & with its not so cheap price tagged menu, I was more than unsatisfied & completely disappointed.
I ordered a steak that came dripping with an unsavory sauce that never even allowed me to taste the meat hiding beneath. I could have bought a pre-packaged dinner at Marks & Spencer's that would have tasted better. I'd recommend sitting in their lovely garden for dessert & coffee. Won't break the bank & they've got a waterfall!
Greene's is my favourite restaurant in Cork. The Early Bird menu is outstanding and showcases the best in local products from The English Market.
Just finished a great meal at greenes, big portions of tasty food, friendly and efficient staff, I'll come back again next time I'm in cork!
Great food and excellent venue. Always a good commitment to locally sourced ingredients. Use this venue quite frequently for Corporate Dining too and has always gone down well with Clients. I would be inclined to pull a star on the basis of costs though - they really do need to have a look at their pricing structure especially as people are now more cost conscious.
Went in for an 'early bird' 6-7pm. Arrived at 6:59pm and still no problem with having the early bird menu. Starter, main, desert & tea/coffee for €28. Fairly good choice, steak, chicken, fish and a veggie. Slightly smaller portion size then the main menu but still went away absolutely stuffed with yummyness. Efficient, friendly, mainly French staff. Over all a good night out I'd say.
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