Conrad & Judy Howard
5/6 Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork City,
Telephone: +353 (0)21 427 4710
In Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork City one evening as we were en route from Dublin to Kinsale and feeling a tad peckish, we came upon Market Lane, a big restaurant and bar on two...
How to get there
In Cork City Centre - follow one way system to Oliver Plunkett Street. Market Lane is on the left.
Good to know
12.00 to Late
13.00 to 21.00
A La Carte: €8.85 - €25.50
Sunday Lunch: ALC
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 155
Wheelchair Facilities: Yes
Credit Cards: Yes
Private Dining Facilities: No
About The Restaurant
In Oliver Plunkett Street in Cork City one evening as we were en route from Dublin to Kinsale and feeling a tad peckish, we came upon Market Lane, a big restaurant and bar on two levels, doing very decent fare at really good prices. They source, where possible, from The English Market and local artisan producers. The atmosphere is very casual and relaxed with a big ornate bar on one side of the room and an open kitchen at the top end. Bentwood chairs feature along with long comfortable banquette seating. They also have various dining areas in the windows, and upstairs around the gallery, which breaks up the place very nicely. We loved the splashes of contemporary wallpapers around the restaurant, and the fact that paper menus double as placemats.
Starters include French onion soup with Gruyere and croutons, duck liver and port pate with cherry chutney and toast. Salmon tartare is with sushi rice and vegetable pickles whilst egg, smoked salmon, chorizo and scallions are baked in a Parmesan cream. Squash and potato rosti is with rocket and spiced crème fraiche. On our visit I had pan fried King Prawns with coconut cream, lemongrass, chilli, lime and noodle salad which zinged with flavour whilst Brendan had the duck and smoked bacon terrine with pickled pear relish. Yum. They also do four interesting salads in either small or large sizes.
Dinner mains offer tremendous value and are wholesome and delicious. They include pan-fried seabass with sweet potato and spring onion mash, wilted greens and tarragon butter sauce. Seafood pie in a light veloute is topped with potato galette and steamed vegetables whilst Jack McCarthy’s free range sausages are with colcannon, gravy, onions, steamed vegetables and Yorkshire pudding. They do a cracking aromatic fish stew of tuna, potatoes, garlic, mussels, tomatoes and white wine slowly baked in their own juices. Brendan had chargrilled marinated chicken breast set on a goodly dollop of fragrent thyme mash. What really impressed too were the vegetables, good batons of carrots, parsnips and two sections of fresh cabbage. Absolutely delicious. I had driven from Dublin to Cashel to Limerck and then to Cork that day and would have eaten the leg of the table so it was fillet steak for me and it too was cracking. Perfectly cooked, it was tender and delicious, with chunky chips, mushrooms, a little bowl of chimmi churri and pepper sauce. They also do a rib-eye and a sirloin steak. To finish we shared a coconut, lemongrass, and star anise crème brulee. However everything else was excellent so I wouldn’t hold that against them! We also had two glasses of Essencia Valdemar Tempranillo 2006 and definitely vowed to return again.
At lunchtime they do excellent value posh sandwiches on sourdough or seeded granary as well as many of the lighter main courses. They have an excellent sensible and wholesome children’s menu which will appeal to adult and offspring! They even have a baby bowl.
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