What do we eat in Ireland?
9 December 2021
Would you like to discover Irish specialities? You are on the right page! Let's take a look at how to enjoy Ireland!
Irish stew in English or stobhach Gaelach in Irish is an Irish specialty made from lamb and served with potatoes, onions and carrots. Originally, this stew was made with mutton but nowadays it is made with lamb or beef. A stew simmered in a sauce made with Guinness or another Irish beer. It is a traditional dish for St. Patrick's Day. You can accompany this with a delicious local beer. Enjoy this speciality in a traditional Irish pub.
Here is a list of some restaurants serving Irish Stew in Kilkenny
Kytelers Inn : St Kieran's St, Gardens, Kilkenny
Lanigans Bar & Hostel : 29 Rose Inn St, Gardens, Kilkenny
Cat and The Fiddle gastropub Kilkenny : 10 Irishtown, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 DH32
Fish and chips
Fish and chips and Ireland... Much more than a simple dish: it's a real love story for the Irish! Very popular with the population, this legendary course is part of the local culinary heritage. In addition to being tasty, it is known to be a quick, family-friendly, universal and convivial course. It is a speciality based on fresh fish, caught the same day, which is rolled in breadcrumbs, fried, served with home fries and a portion of vegetables. Typically, this may be coleslaw (a salad made with cabbage and light mayonnaise), or mashed split peas. Finally, fish and chips are usually served with a sauce. Fish and chips is a good alternative for take-away.
Restaurants offering fish and chips to take away in Kilkenny:
Joe's Takeaway : Saint Canice's Court, 3 Dean St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 E868
Ceasar's Fish & Chippers : Golf Links Rd, Pennefatherslot, Kilkenny
Mario's Diner : The Smithland Centre, 3 Waterford Rd, Archerstreet Lot, Kilkenny, R95 RH27
Seafood Chowder is a soup based on seafood and seasoned vegetables.Very nutritious and particularly balanced, this soup is a traditional course often served in Irish pubs or guesthouses. This soup is cooked with the caught fish of the day, and served with a cold Stout (Irish beer), butter, and Brown Bread, a kind of Irish bread with a generous crumb, which is then soaked in the soup... A delight! The fish usually used for the Seafood Chowder are salmon, haddock, or hake, and are often accompanied by mussels, prawns, or other seafood popular with the Irish. The fish usually used for the Seafood Chowder are salmon, haddock, or hake, and are often accompanied by mussels, prawns, or other seafood popular with the Irish.
Restaurants serving Seafood Chowder in Kilkenny :
Matt The Millers Bar & Restaurant : 1 John Street Lower, Collegepark, Kilkenny, R95 PY7D
Breathnach's : 23-24 John Street Upper, Kilkenny, R95 AXC9
Cleere's Bar & Theatre : 28 Parliament St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 YR61
Shepherd's pie is a typical Irish speciality! Made with potatoes, beef, carrots and peas. It is gratinated with a layer of meat and vegetables followed by a layer of cheese and breadcrumbs. A delicious treat, to be eaten with a good green salad and a pint of Irish beer: it's a great classic!
Visit here :
The Field Bar & Restaurant : 2 High St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 W429
The Playwright : 39-34 St Kieran's St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 EY84
If there's one thing you can't fault Irish food for, it's being nutritious. As a result of historical tradition, many recipes are literally held in the body. So is colcannon, a thick mash made from potatoes, kale, milk and onions. Some variations include ham or even bacon. This is the traditional Halloween dish: you hide a coin, a button or a ring in it... Watch out for your teeth! You can find this course in most restaurants.
Better known as the 'Dublin cadal', Coddle is a traditional Dublin dish of sausage, bacon, onions and potatoes, all stewed in chicken stock. While the description may sound surprising, it's a real treat. It is usually served on Saturday evenings with a few beers. If you're heading to Dublin soon, which is only an hour and a half away from Kilkenny, you know what you have to do.
Some restaurants in Dublin to enjoy:
John Kavanagh The Gravediggers : 1 Prospect Square, Glasnevin, Dublin, D09 CF72
The Hairy Lemon : Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2
Gallaghers Boxty House : 20-21, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 ET66
After a good meal, why not a cheese or dessert?
For cheese, not far from Kilkenny, the town of Cashel offers an exceptional cheese : Cashel Blue ! Almost the only blue cheese in the whole of Ireland, this cheese is a little wonder of the Irish soil, and more precisely of County Tipperary. Cashel is a town only 50 minutes from Kilkenny where you can visit the famous Rock of Cashel.
For dessert :
The key to Irish cheesecake is the use of fresh local cheese. It must be said that the Irish excel in the production of cow's and goat's milk, which allows them to obtain high quality local products! Typically, Irish cheesecake is made with cream cheese, chocolate and Bailey's, a local spirit made from cream whiskey. The result is a tasty, airy, gourmet and slightly vanilla flavored product that should delight most gourmets!
Sticky Toffee Pudding
Food lovers can't resist it! Sticky toffee pudding is an Irish cake made with dates and melting toffee. The Irish love to eat it as a dessert or as a snack with vanilla ice cream. You can find them in most local restaurants serving Irish food, but you can also find them in bakeries. The taste of the dates is a perfect match for the caramel. The texture is soft and melting.
Irish Coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. Irish whiskey and at least one level teaspoon of sugar are poured over black coffee and stirred in until fully dissolved. Thick cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little until the entire layer is floated.
Scones are cakes that are very popular with the Irish. They are most often eaten plain, or with sultanas, and decorated with cream, jam, or honey to make them more delicious… The taste of these buns is a bit dense and hearty, and they go perfectly with Irish tea or hot chocolate !
A few bakeries in Kilkenny :
Tess's Homestyle Bakery : 93 High St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 CC64
Cakeface Patisserie : 16 Irishtown, Gardens, Kilkenny
The Drinks !
In Kilkenny, the famous Smithwick's Smithwick's is an Irish red ale-style beer It is the most consumed ale in Ireland. Smithwick's brewery was founded in Kilkenny in 1710 by John Smithwick and run by the Smithwick family of Kilkenny until 1965 when it was acquired by Guinness, now part of Diageo. The Kilkenny brewery was shut down in 2013 and production of all Smithwick's and Kilkenny branded beers moved to Dublin; parts of the old brewery were later converted into a "visitor experience."
Kilkenny is a nitrogenated Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness, which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland. The 'Kilkenny' name was originally used during the 1980s and 1990s to market a stronger version of Smithwick's for the European and Canadian markets due to difficulty in pronunciation of the word 'Smithwick's'. It now refers to a similar yet distinct beer. Kilkenny was brewed in St. Francis Abbey Brewery in Kilkenny, which was the oldest operating brewery in Ireland until its closure in 2013. It is now brewed at St. James's Gate brewery, Dublin.
Enjoy Kilkenny's traditional bars
O Riada’s : 25 Parliament St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 CH79
Daniel W Bollard, Wine & Spirit Merchant : 31 St Kieran's St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 HY76
Billy Byrnes Gastro Bar & Venue : 39 John Street Upper, Highhays, Kilkenny, R95 K091
And for the next day nothing better than an Irish Breakfast !
A full Irish breakfast is the traditional cooked breakfast of Ireland. All full Irish breakfasts include some or all of the following: Bacon, sausages, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes. There will also be toast, butter, marmalade, and lots of tea to drink. What distinguishes this from a full British breakfast is the inclusion of black or white pudding, which is also known as drisheen. The bread served will also often be Irish soda bread. And, you may also find fried potato farl (quadrant-shaped flatbread) or boxty (Irish potato pancake) as an alternative to brown soda bread.
Some addresses :
The 'Rafter' Dempsey's : 4 Friary St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 VY62
The Fig Tree Restaurant Kilkenny : 20 High St, Gardens, Kilkenny, R95 XW22