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Kingfisher's Cafe Enniskerry

Enniskerrycenter

Fountainview, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

+353 (0)1 276-4859

Hours: Open seven days from breakfast.

Review

The Kingfisher Kitchen has been in Enniskerry for the past 23 years and in 2010 Patricia fulfilled her own dream and turned the chipper into this popular café, which is open throughout the day serving fresh, homemade, locally sourced food and great coffee.

Kingfisher’s is facing the monument in the heart of the village, and you can’t miss the distinctive stone façade and an outdoor eating area to the front of the cafe. As you enter you come in through the deli/takeaway area. The restaurant itself opens out to the left and has all original features in place from tile floors to stone walls and open fireplace. The walls were dotted with an array of paintings by local artists and the seating is casual and comfy.

The menu caters for all from their all day breakfast menu including full Irish to scones and bagels to an a la carte menu offering a selection of appetisers and mains, salads and pizzas and a full selection of sandwiches and Panini.

We regularly drop in for tea and some of their brilliant, packed full of filling sandwiches after a walk in merry Powerscourt. The lunch menu is an entirely bigger affair, and one sunny summers day I popped along for a spot of al fresco dining in the sun.

Enniskerry is a pretty village at anytime, but it really looks at its best. Ahmed in a summers glow. The beautiful houses dotted around the perimeter look especially lovely and an American visitor asked me about the chimney pots, which only caused me to notice them. Enniskerry has some fine chimney pots, who knew? 

The starters offered duck spring rolls, chicken wings, homemade soup or prawns two ways. Main course included a homemade burger, steak sandwich, fish and chips or scampi and chips. There is also a great selection of salads, including Caesar, a summer salad, their own Kingfisher salad and a goats cheese salad with figs.

I staters with the pie pure king prawns with sweet chilli dip, six lovely prawns and the dip packed a nice chilli punch, they were delicious with my pink lemonade. Main courses drew me towards the salad and the goats cheese salad had not only the figs, but crispy speck and sun dried tomatoes. It was very generously laden with goats cheese and was really very good indeed.

Feeling replete I paid my bill, just over €20 and took a walk around the village, picking up some farmhouse cheese and farm fresh lamb in O Donovan's butchers and deli. If you find yourself up Enniskerry way, pop into the Kingfisher for some good, honest home cooked food. Or even grab a sandwich and coffee, you won't be disappointed by this always busy and popular spot.

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