The Club Brasserie
Beth Haughton & Harold Lynch
Lapp's Quay, Cork,
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4273987
When The Club Brasserie first opened in 2007 there hadn't been anything new on the block as it were in Cork for quite a few years and it made quite an impact, and it still do...
How to get there
Overlooking the River Lee at Lapp's Quay.
Good to know
Monday - Saturday
12pm - 3pm
4pm - 10pm
A La Carte:
€13 - €26
Mon - Thurs
5pm - 10pm
No - Closed
Number of Covers:
About The Restaurant
When The Club Brasserie first opened in 2007 there hadn't been anything new on the block as it were in Cork for quite a few years and it made quite an impact, and it still does. Harold Lynch and Beth Haughton have been in the restaurant business for many years, previously having had Harold’s in Douglas. When the Lapp’s Quay area became the fashionable spot, they moved in ahead of the posse and opened The Club Brasserie in a block beside the Clarion Hotel and out front there is a wide boardwalk overlooking the River Lee.
These are people who do things with style and I really love the atmosphere, the buzz, and décor in the The Club Brasserie - chic faux French Chateau salon - grey panelled walls, long banquettes on either side, a row of French chandeliers down the middle, and a gilt sunburst mirror looking down the room. Round tables in the middle are a good size, supported by lovely French style cross banded chairs. It is really smart without being pretentious.
There is a very nice anti-room bar as you go in where you have pre or post dinner drinks and catch up with all the chat with your friends.
The food is true brasserie food, wholesome, fresh, well presented unfussy and really appetising. I have been many times so have tasted most things. Starters might include crispy curried lamb on potato samosas with cardamom yoghurt, or a mille feuille of mozzarella, roasted aubergine and tomato with a Parmesan crisp. They do delicious crispy calamari with a spicy creamy sauce and a lovely Salad Mimosa of rustic potatoes, crispy bacon and green beans with a creamy dressing, toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese which you can have in small or large portions – starter or mains. Likewise with their roasted pear, pancetta, blue cheese and walnut salad, and a Clonakilty black pudding salad with glazed apples, crispy potato skins and mustard dressing.
The Fish & Chips with minted pea puree and lemon mayonnaise is a sure fired success always, and always popular as is their Club Burger with mushroom a la crème, caramelised onions, melted cheese and chunky fries. For fishophiles they also do salmon and potato cakes with a spinach butter sauce, as well as roasted seabass with roast vegetables, creamy champ and a chive and lemon beurre blanc. Oh yes, another really popular dish is their Club Scampi of monkfish and prawns with potato wedges and Tartare sauce.
For the carnivore they do 10oz sirloin steaks and fillet steaks with all the trimmings of French fries, French fried onions, green salad, and a choice of sauces, Bearnaise, pepper and Brandy, or garlic butter. They do a yummy roasted pork belly with crackling, which melts in your mouth, as well as confit of duck with Flageolet beans, rustic potatoes, green beans with a red wine sauce. Look out too for the chargrilled breast of chicken with fresh herb stuffing, and a delicious mild chicken curry with lime, coriander, cream and Turmeric, served with Basmati rice, Raita, chutneys and yoghurt.
Leave room too for delicious puds – sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and softly whipped cream, bread and butter pudding, boozy chocolate mousse with Amaretto crumble. I love the Chocolate Liegeois which is vanilla and chocolate ice-cream with whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce and a praline crumble.
Harold and Beth’s Club Brasseries, has style, good food and great atmosphere. It is a Great Place to Eat in Cork City.
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