We spent a few days in Kenmare at the end of August. Our favourite meal of the trip was at Mulcahy’s Restaurant. We enjoyed the most beautiful food, especially the fish, along with great wine. And for our group of 7 we all agreed that Mulcahy’s was a standout dining experience.
Located on the main street in Kenmare, chef Bruce Mulcahy focuses his menu on local quality food. With a great wine list too, we were spoilt for choice, eventually deciding on a Chablis (€30) and a New Zealand Pinot Noir by Paddy Borthwick (€52).
To start there was an amuse bouche, beetroot, goats cheese, walnuts and the most gorgeous basket of breads (something we noticed throughout our time in Kenmare was the amazing breads!).
With 7 in our party we were able to try many of the dishes on offer. My starter of Cannelloni with prawn, salmon and lobster bisque (€11) was rich but never heavy. It was superb, balanced flavours and presented beautifully, with the bisque served in a little jug on the side.
The prawn cocktail (€13.90), served as all good prawn cocktails should be in a large glass, was declared delicious by the two that had it. I had a sneaky taste too and definitely agreed with the conclusion of deliciousness. Sometimes the traditional should not be messed with…fresh, tasty and perfect, just as it is.
Sushi (€11.50), presented on a black slate with the pickled ginger and wasabi was very well received… as was the house salad (€9.90). The starter that fared the worst of our selections was one that sounded promising but didn’t deliver to the same level as the other dishes – a deep fried hens egg with asparagus (€7.50)… it was still very good but had stiff competition especially with that cannelloni.
After those starters, we were all feeling very satisfied and eagerly anticipating the main courses. Enjoying the lovely wine and ambiance of Mulcahy’s. It’s a casual and relaxed place, nothing fancy with the focus on the important things like producing this wonderful food.
There’s the regular a la carte menu along with specials each day…My lemon sole (€22) was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten (and I’ve eaten a lot of things!)… 2 fillets of sole (they added an extra one as they felt one was a little small!) a sauce vierge, just the lightest most flavoursome fish. My sister who decided to try all the fish on our table announced it as her winner (I’d have to agree!).
Our other main courses included another fish special of black sole (€26), a Rib Eye steak (€27.50), roast chicken (€20.50) and another fish special, Turbot (€26) . The Turbot was a fantastic dish, simply presented and full of flavour – delicious, perfectly cooked fish.
A selection of side dishes, crunchy sugar snap peas, a smooth mashed carrot, croquette potatoes and chips accompanied our main courses
To finish we shared a cheese board (€10), a lovely selection of cheeses, quince, honey and grapes with crackers. There were also a couple of desserts shared (€7 each)… I don’t see to have any photographs so you will have to take my word they were very good!
Our bill which included 3 bottles of wine came to €415.70 (not including service). A (very) small hiccup at the start with white wine that was much too cold (the thermostat was wrongly set on the fridge) was quickly rectified, the service was excellent, friendly & professional.
Some of the best dishes I’ve tasted for the quality of the ingredients, the combination of flavours. And while the price may appear high, this was 7 people enjoying at least 2 if not 3 courses with wine. If you are visiting Kenmare, I can’t recommend Mulcahy’s enough.
Mulcahy’s Restaurant & Bar | Main Street, Kenmare, Co. Kerry | Ph: 064 6642383 | www.kenmare.com/mulcahys