Cork is the real capital of food and it is home to many incredible restaurants. There is a fantastic choice of international cuisine in Cork representing many cultures, from Indian to Mediterranean. Here are 6 of Cork’s best international casual cuisine offerings. These are great places to satisfy your appetite after you have enjoyed our Cork City Cycle Tour.
Iyers is a family run, authentic south Indian cafe and it is rated ‘the most authentic southern Indian food outside of India’. Located on Popes Quay, its menu lists lots of street food staples you might find in southern India. The menu regularly changes depending on the season but is entirely vegetarian and everything is prepared freshly on site. Some popular Indian specialities like dosas and samosas are regularly featured, including Samosa Chaat; an enhanced version of the classic with chickpea chole (curry), red onion, rice puffs and garnish, it is crunchy, judiciously spiced and very tasty. If you are unfamiliar with Indian cuisine do not worry as the friendly and helpful staff are happy to explain their menu. Iyers are currently open for takeaway and outdoor dining on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
Ristorante Rossini located on Princes street has been one of Cork’s most popular authentic Italian restaurants since it first opened its doors in 1994. It serves fresh, beautifully prepared food, served with care and pride in the Italian tradition. All ingredients are fresh and selected daily from Cork’s famous English Market. They serve a wide range of delicious pizzas, pastas and chicken dishes which will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Italy. Ristorante rossini are offering a takeaway and delivery service. They also have outdoor dining in the now famous Princes street dining corridor.
Sakura is a Japanese restaurant located on MacCurtain Street. It is Cork’s premier Japanese cuisine destination and offers a selection of beautiful and tasty hand-crafted Japanese dishes including sushi, sashimi, norimaki, tempura, teppanyaki, noodles and ramen. Sakura chefs use only the freshest produce and embrace both traditional methods and contemporary trends – delivering a unique taste of Japanese food. Sakura are operating both an indoor and a takeaway service.
In it’s short existence Tequila Jacks – Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar has quickly become the most popular Mexican restaurant in Cork. It is located on the vibrant boardwalk on Lapp’s Quay overlooking the River Lee. Tequila Jacks is an authentic Mexican restaurant that serves ‘the best Mexican dishes in Cork’ bringing a taste of Mexico to Cork City. They have a wide range of Mexican food on their menu including enchiladas, burritos, tacos and fajitas. They also have a great bar with amazing cocktails and claim that they serve ‘ the best margaritas in town’. Tequila Jacks – Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar have heated seated outdoor dining as well as takeaway service.
‘Izz cafe’ is a modern and classic Palestinian restaurant situated on Georges Quay. Run by a Palestine immigrant family, Izz and Eman who provide fresh, authentic and tasty Palestine food with a modern twist to the City. The cafe is ‘a taste of Palestine in Cork’. They have a wide range on their menu, they specialise in the Middle Eastern flatbreads known as manakeesh as well Hummus, Tabbouleh, Beetroot Hummus, Babaganoush, and Makdous. Not forgetting a delicious variation of Palestinian desserts including saffron cake and cinnamon rolls. For these beautiful summer days, Izz cafe also prepare picnic boxes for 3 or more people. Izz Cafe has indoor and outdoor dining as well as a takeaway service.
Within the Jewel that is The English Market sits a gem of The Real Olive Company, it has had a stall in the English Market since 1993. They stock a wide variety of olives, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, sundried tomatoes, cheeses as well as other meditaranian specialties. The Real Olive company have high importance on both the providence and the quality of their produce and the go to great lengths to keep the standards high. They source from independent market traders from the mediteranian region who they have establish long trusting relationships with. For a lunch treat you could do a lot worse than buying a selection of olive’s, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese and other tasty treats from The Real Olive Company. Add a loaf of freshly baked Sourdough from the nearby Alternative Bread Company stall. Find yourself a seat underneath a tree on the Grand Parade and you will have yourself a picnic lunch to enjoy at your leisure.