Canice Sharkey & Michael Ryan
48 McCurtain Street, Cork,
Telephone: +353 (0)21 4503805
Every City in the world has a restaurant that personifies its people, a buzzy busy brasserie that is the destination for birthdays, conferrings, family celebrations, or jus...
How to get there
Follow the one way system to McCurtain Street - Isaac's is on the left.
Good to know
Monday – Saturday:
Coffee: 10am – 12.30pm
Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10 pm
A La Carte: Mains €14-€26
Table d’Hote: No
Early Bird: Yes
Sunday Lunch: Closed for Lunch but open for Dinner from 6 pm
Number of Covers: 100
Wheelchair Facilities: Yes
Credit Cards: Yes
About The Restaurant
Every City in the world has a restaurant that personifies its people, a buzzy busy brasserie that is the destination for birthdays, conferrings, family celebrations, or just a good night out with good friends. In Paris it might be La Coupole, in London nowadays The Wolseley, in Dublin it is Roly’s Bistro and in Cork it is undoubtedly Isaac’s Restaurant.
Michael and Catherine Ryan, along with Head Chef Canice Sharkey, showed considerable foresight twenty years ago when they decided to open a restaurant in the very well known vast former warehouses of Nat Ross Removals. However, they need not have worried for Isaac’s, with its combination of atmosphere and good food at reasonable prices, literally took off and has been a runaway success ever since.
It is a stunning building with red brick walls and archways, high ceilings, café curtains, bentwood chairs, wonderful tiled floors and palm trees, all evoking an essence of Parisian café culture. This is a place where people come to enjoy themselves, drink wine, socialise to laugh and have fun.
The menu too has eclectic touches, a hint of Morocco, spices from India, using the best of local and seasonal Irish produce. To start, delicious seafood chowder comes with garlic croutons, whilst grilled Clonakilty black pudding is with glazed apples, potato pancake and wholegrain mustard sauce. Crispy fried Ardsallagh goats cheese salad is paired with roast beetroot, peppers and basil oil. I love the Tempura of prawns with scallions and aubergine, I love aubergine, with a soy dipping sauce. They also do a cracking vegetarian tapas plate which is well worth trying.
There are always specials on the board, but mains might include baked couscous with chargrilled vegetables, tomatoes and harissa, or duck confit with chive champ and caramelised onions. Lamb Korma comes with Basmati rice, side dishes and poppadoms, whilst panfried King Prawns with chilli and garlic butter come with Provencale sauce, Basmati rice and coriander. Isaac’s fish cakes are legendary and can be had as starters or mains. They come with a tossed green salad and tartare sauce. Penne pasta also can be had as a starter or mains, either vegetarian style with wild and flat mushroom cream sauce, or with smoked bacon and Parmesan shavings. The serious carnivore is not forgotten either at Isaac’s for they always have great steaks – 10oz sirloin or an 8oz fillet – with either saute potatoes and Bearnaise sauce or roast garlic champ and pepper cream sauce. Oh, by the way I also love their rustic potatoes.
The lunch menu includes dishes such as chargrilled breast of chicken, cherry tomatoes, cream and basil sauce, or Chana Masala, which is a spiced chick pea curry with Basmati rice and side dishes. The panfried King Prawns and fish cakes are there too at lunchtime, they are so popular, but you can also get a great chargrilled Beefburger with a cream mushroom sauce served with tossed salad and fries, or an 8oz grilled rib eye steak with rustic potatoes and garlic butter.
Leave room for puds because they are delicious. They do a great Chocolate St. Emilion with rum soaked macaroon and cream which is to die for. They also do a fab apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla ice cream, as well as buttermilk pannacotta with caramelised oranges. All the boys love the bread and butter pudding, including mine! They have an excellent well chosen wine list, and as well as by the glass and by the bottle, they also have 50cl carafes – which I always like to see.
Isaac’s is a must visit.
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