Situated in the heart of Cootehill, Murph’s bistro in decorated in a contemporary way, with cream walls and wooden floors, There are nice floral touches to break up the space, and the wooden tables and leather chairs are set a comfortable distance apart.
The menu offers a range of dining options, with a mid-week special which rins all Wednesday and Thursday evenings offering two courses for €17.95 and three courses for €19.95.
At first glance the menu is fairly simple. Starters include duo of melon, soup of the day or ciabatta, while main courses offer a choice of Lennon’s local sausages, homemade burger of Cajun chicken. All fairly standard stuff. Except that the daily specials, both fish and seafood, are very carefully sourced and well executed, while the speciality menu contains such exotic dishes as the afore-mentions kangaroo, camel or perhaps Tilapia – a Mediterranean white fish, very similar to cod; the tilapia is wrapped in bayonne Italian ham, pan-fried first for flavour, then finished in the oven. This is then served on creamy champ potato with a fish cream vermouth sauce, finished with green pesto.
Fergus Murphy’s cooking is well above par, and if you are in this part of the country a detour is recommended. Apart from anything else you can regale your friends with stories of exotica, all while in lovely Cootehill.