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The Cornstore Restaurant, Limerick City

Cornstore

19 Thomas Street, Limerick.

(061) 609000

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Hours: L & D Mon-Sat, 12-4pm & 4-10.30pm, Sun all day 12-9pm. Set 3 course L €19.95 ; Set 3 course D €24.95 all night Sun-Thur, to 6.30pm Fri/Sat.

Review

Situated in the busy Thomas Street area of Limerick City, The Cornstore occupies an historic, and completely renovated three storey wine store right in the heart of this urban renewal centre.

The Cornstore in Limerick has made a big name for itself, so much so that it’s hard to imagine dining out in Limerick without thinking of the Cornstore. It has one of the classiest interiors with a New York style bar and an almost catwalk feel to the entrance, this is the place to be for style and the best cocktails in Ireland, according to the Licensing World Bar of the Year in 2013. 

If that’s not enough to get started with, the comfort and flattering lighting make this a perfect place for a date, a work night out or a great family meal. When you dine with a group with tastes that range from chicken wings and burgers - my son - to oysters and lobster – me - it’s great to find somewhere that we can all indulge. 

This is a classic Brassiere menu with a strong emphasis on steaks and seafood, focusing on the quality of the ingredients and bringing them to the table in unfussy, unpretentious ways. With seafood starter specials of oysters - cooked or natural, hot or on ice - and classic mussels Marinaire, any fish lover is already in heaven.

The Tiger Pil Pil Prawns are a Cornstore favourite and come with a flavoursome sourdough baguette for mopping up those spicy, buttery juices. The winter platter of smoked chicken, local spiced beef, potted pork, olive bread and cheese is a perfect sharing plate with a bottle of red wine. The wings are a staple, spicy, tangy and saucy with creamy blue cheese dip and crunchy celery sticks that involve much noisy and appreciative munching and licking of fingers.

The beef, dry aged for 28 days with Himalayan Sea salt is so tender and melting, you won’t want to share it. The surf and turf of Sirloin Steak, topped with teasingly pink prawns is a real treat. Juicy, plump and rich steak, perfectly sweet prawns, served with fluffy mash, Portobello mushroom and Béarnaise sauce, this dish leaves no culinary stone unturned and will satisfy the manliest of appetites. If you share the same taste in meat then opt for the Chateaubriand. The burger won’t disappoint either, it’s hefty, grilled to perfection and bursting with flavour. 

Fish lovers are much loved here, with whole roasted sea bream and pan seared swordfish on the menu. Diners were tucking into sumptuous looking seafood sharing platters of oysters, lobster, crab and mussels, with wine and baguette, this is food heaven. The half grilled lobster was sweet and soft with that unique flavour that only good grilled crustacean can bring. With piped creamy mash and salad, fish dining doesn’t get much better than this. With a broad selection of wines by the glass you can indulge your one-drink limit. 

You sweet tooth won’t be disappointed with the sticky toffee pudding, flourless chocolate cake or crème brulee. The Cornstore delivers on all counts, classy, great service and beautifully presented dishes to anybody who loves good food. And don’t forget the cocktails, but that’s another story. It’s all good here, treat yourself. 

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