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Avenue Cafe Restaurant

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Avenue Cafe Restaurant
Robert & Bronagh Kennedy
Main Street, Maynooth,
Co.Kildare

Telephone: +353 (0)1 6285003
Email: info@avenuecafe.ie
Web: avenuecafe.ie

There was a time in Ireland that every good town or village had to have a decent pub as its focal point. Happily now, more like in France, every good town or village here needs a...

Avenue Cafe Restaurant
  • Avenue Cafe Restaurant
  • Avenue Cafe Restaurant
  • Avenue Cafe Restaurant

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At the Dublin end of the Main Street in Lucan

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Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat 12 pm - Late
(last orders 9.45 pm)
Sundays 1 pm-8.30 pm
(last orders 8.15 pm)
Cuisine:
Casual Modern Irish
A La Carte:
Mains €11.50 - €29.90
Table d’Hote:
No
Early Bird:
Mon - Sat 5 pm - 6.45pm
2/3 Course €18/€23
Kids mains €5
Sunday Lunch:
1pm - 5.30 pm
2/3 Course €20/€25
Kids mains €5
Children’s Menu:
Yes - Mains €4.50/€6.50
Kids Cocktails €3
Kids Cordials ..On the House!
Ladies Night Out-Tuesdays:
2/3 Course €21/€26 inc
glass of House Wine.
Number of Covers:
75
Wheelchair Facilities:
Yes
Wifi:
No

About The Restaurant

There was a time in Ireland that every good town or village had to have a decent pub as its focal point. Happily now, more like in France, every good town or village here needs a decent restaurant at its heart. Maynooth in County Kildare got its “decent restaurant” not so long ago in the form of Avenue Café, and it has been proving very popular with people who have been travelling from far and wide to sample its food and atmosphere.

We were on a weekend break in nearby Carton House and, on our second, night we decided to try somewhere local to eat to add variety. This was how we found Robert & Bronagh Kennedy's Avenue Cafe & Restaurant. Spread over two floors they offer a great range of food for all pockets, and all occasions, from Early Bird to a Tuesday Girls Nights Out – with cool music thrown in for good measure too.

At lunchtime they do things like paninis and posh sandwiches, as well as that oft neglected brilliant classic – the omelette. I have great time for any restaurant that offers an omelette – it is the most sophisticated and satisfying French classic – and at Avenue you can have a three egg omelette with spinach and cheddar, bacon and mushroom, tomato, cheese and red onion, as well as with goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes and Spanish omelette with baby potatoes and onion. They also do grilled lemon and cumin chicken with flat bread, mint yoghurt, tomato and parsley salad, or a wild mushroom risotto with Parmesan shavings. Fresh and smoked salmon fish cake is with cucumber ribbons, shallot and mint yoghurt as well as a duck and vegetable spring roll with Asian salad and sweet chilli dressing or with chilli glazed noodle and mixed vegetable stir fry. Their other specialty is the char grilled home made beef burger which they do with a variety of toppings – creamy Brandy and pepper sauce, smoked bacon and melted cheddar cheese, red onion marmalade and blue cheese……and many more.

In the evenings they do starters such as duck and vegetable spring roll with Asian salad and sweet chilli dressing. Bantry Bay mussels are steamed in garlic, shallot and white wine cream and served with homemade brown bread. I had delicious Clonakilty black pudding and tomato vinaigrette topped with a soft poached egg, whilst my better half had delicious fresh and smoked salmon fish cakes with cucumber ribbons and shallot which were topped with a mint raita.

When it comes to mains they do really good steaks – a 10 oz fillet or 12 oz Irish Hereford sirloin served with grilled mushroom and vine tomato, and a choice of champ or chunky chips and the de rigueur sauces – pepper or garlic butter. Kildare rack of lamb is cooked pink and served with a sage and onion croquette, wild mushroom and pearl onion reduction. They do the ever popular bangers and mash using Hicks sausages served with creamy mash, red onion marmalade and a red wine jus. They also do Fish ‘n Chips in the form of Wright’s natural smoked haddock – not the luminous variety – in a crispy light batter with chips, tartare sauce and mushy peas. Brendan had a lovely fried fillet of cod with a tasty spinach and bacon mash enhanced with a creamy tarragon sauce, whilst I had a half roast crispy duck on chilli glazed noodles with a mixed vegetable stir-fry – yum yum.

We were hard aground when it came to puds but they sounded delicious – warm sticky toffee pudding, apple and raisin crumble, profiteroles with fresh cream, warm chocolate pudding and Avenue meringue mess.

Well worth a visit, we liked it, hope you do too.

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