Fenn’s Quay restaurant is situated in the heart of Cork City, in the historic terrace that bears its name. It is lucky to be still standing at all, as the 250 year old listed building was in such a bad state of repair in the late nineties that is looked like it would be demolished. However an award winning conservation project brought it back to it’s former glory, and the restaurant is now owned and run by head chef Kate Lawlor.
From the outside the red paintwork makes it hard to miss, and it has a retro feel, while inside the decor is simple and bright, and is livened up by some striking pieces of artwork on the walls. There is some banquette seating down one side, but mostly it is wooden tables and chairs, with some picture wallpaper covering one wall.
The menu offers plenty of choicer and value, and the theme is very much find it local, threat it well and serve honest to goodness food. Meat features strongly and is carefully sourced while the fish menu comes from the local ports. Kate is also well aware of the different dietary requirements of her customers, and there are therefore plenty of choices available for coeliacs.
We recommend the smoked mackerel with potato cake, while the trio of dips – spicy hummus, beetroot and black olive tapenade always go down well. Lamb is probably my favourite meat, and the braised lamb shank and celeriac mash won’t disappoint, while the baked cod with champ is a winner. Their duck confit really deserves a special mention, and No. 5 Fenn’s quay has made the Michelin list again.
The wine list is carefully chosen and mostly available by the glass, and while the website is a work in progress, Kate and the team are impressing all the food sites with their fare. No. 5 is open seven days for breakfast, right through until dinner, and is certainly worth a visit when in Cork.