To be honest I can never admit to being a connoisseur of food but I do like my grub. On Saturday last myself and my good lady wife were in town and after a few pints thought it would be good to go somewhere for a nice meal. Following a recommendation from the "laminate menu guardian" we went to Nutmeg which is on French Church Street (between St. Patrick's Street and Paul Street in Cork's city centre).
The restaurant is nice, if a little impersonal. Tables were nice and service was excellent. We did feel, though, it was very open and you couldn't really have a private conversation in the place. Maybe it was just our table.
We were given lovely bread (which is organic and available to buy there) but noticeably no side plates to use. This is a novel way of cutting down on washing costs :) However the bread was very tasty.
For starters we shared baked potato skins with black pudding. There were 5 skins and what seemed like one slice of black pudding shared between said 5 skins. They were nice though and probably filling for one person (but if that person was me or very hungry then I don't think so).
For main's we both had sirloin steak with hand cut fries and pepper sauce. The steak (medium) was cooked to perfection (for me) and the sauce was lovely. The fries, while nice, were a little on the damp side if you know what I mean. Sort of, squidgy rather then "chippy". We also got some boiled potatoes and veg (carrot and cauliflower) to share. Portion's were nice.
We didn't have desert or wine so cannot comment on that.
The serving staff were very friendly and excellent. The one comment I would have is that maybe there was not enough time between courses. We were in and out within 45 mins.
Price was reasonable (between €60 and €70) for dinner.
Overall I probably would go back if we were looking for somewhere with decent food, good service and quick serving but maybe not for a nice long dinner with friends.
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