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Richy's Restaurant & RCafe

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Richy's Restaurant & RCafe
Richy Virahsawmy
Wolfe Tone Street, Clonakilty,

Telephone: +353 (0)23 882-1852

Nobody fails to be enchanted and tantalized by the colourful streets and squares of the West Cork town of Clonakilty.   It is a town that is bursting with atmosphere an...

Richy's Restaurant & RCafe
  • Richy's Restaurant & RCafe
  • Richy's Restaurant & RCafe
  • Richy's Restaurant & RCafe
  • Richy's Restaurant & RCafe

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Richy's Restaurant is located by the tourist office at the beginning of the main shopping street in Clonakilty, West Cork. A large car park is situated behind the restaurant. GPS location: 51°37’24’’N, 8°53’9’’E

Good to know

Opening Hours:
09.00 - 18.00
Richy's Restaurant:
17.00 - 22.00
Seafood, Steaks, Pasta
A La Carte:
Mains - €15 - €25
Early Bird:
3-course €24.95
Before 19.00 hours.
Sunday Lunch: Yes
Children’s Menu: Yes
Number of Covers: 80
Wheelchair Facilities:
Restaurant Yes BUT no disabled toilet facilities.
Credit Cards: Yes
Private Dining Facilities: No
Wifi: Yes

About The Restaurant

Nobody fails to be enchanted and tantalized by the colourful streets and squares of the West Cork town of Clonakilty.   It is a town that is bursting with atmosphere and confidence.  Cork people refer to it as ‘Clon’ in a knowing familiar way.  The long narrow streets are generally one way and full of multicoloured shop fronts, which cry out to be visited.   Emmet Square is a beautiful place at the center of which are the Kennedy Gardens and also a monumental statue of the legendary Michael Collins who lived in Clonakilty.
Located on Clonakilty Bay, it is a wonderful destination for holidays, and is also now famous for its food – including Clonakilty black pudding.

One of the best known restaurants in the South West is Richy’s Restaurant and RCafé.  Since first opening his doors in 2002 Richy Virahsawmy has been tantalizing locals and visitors alike with his cracking eclectic food bearing the influences of the Mauritian cuisine on which he was raised as a child.  His food is never dull, always interesting, combining the best of local and seasonal produce, with wonderful spices and tweaks.    It is a place for all times and all seasons, and you can kick your day off here at the RCafe with breakfast or brunch, feast on American style pancakes or Eggs Benedict, come back for lunch, and finish off the day with a cracking dinner at Richy's Restaurant.  

Clonakilty Bay mackerel might be Italian style with marinated vine tomatoes and baby caper salad, rocket pesto, whilst the wonderful local Ummera smoked salmon makes up an interesting and delicious Sushi roll selection paired with Ummera smoked chicken, Sally Barnes’ smoked mackerel, and accented with Wasabi, and Ketjap Manis dipping sauce.  Caramelised goats cheese is with glazed beetroot, Achard pickled vegetables and beetroot puree, whilst a salad of warm grilled lemon chicken is with chickpeas, roast pepper, chilli, garlic, flat parsley and crispy pancetta.

There are always daily dishes on the blackboard but people travel for miles for Richy’s aromatic Mauritian beef curry, which comes with Basmati rice, flatbread and poppadoms.  Staunton’s slow roast rack of pork is another cracking dish, succulent and satisfying, served with spiced apple chutney, baby spinach, mash, and the wonderful sweet sour tweak of tamarind jus.   Pan roasted fillet of cod may be with tagliatelle, mussel and clam broth, Parmesan shavings and herbs.

Richy’s RCafé sees lunch served from noon to 5 p.m. with a great range of eclectic dishes including the vegetarian cous cous burger served with tomato salsa, mix leaves and chips.  Pan roasted chicken livers are with a Cognac cream served on toasted ciabatta, whilst Thai chicken curry is with Basmati rice and cashew nuts.   Fish cakes are with mixed leaves, Balsamic and sweet chilli sauce, whilst lamb belly, stuffed with Clonakilty black pudding and Girolles, is pure pleasure itself with Puy lentil and Gubbeen bacon ragout.

Being in West Cork, wonderful fresh fish is always to the fore, cooked as simply or exotically as you might wish.   Richy’s also do cracking steaks, from a Bally Burden 6oz sirloin steak sandwich to fantastic prime Irish Angus 10oz sirloin or 8oz fillet of beef with buttered mash, vine tomatoes, crisp onions and rosemary jus.

Leave plenty of room for puds!  Richy’s chocolate hazel nut and orange brownie is delicious served with Mauritian vanilla bean icecream – you can get a coeliac version – indeed there is also coeliac friendly bread and pasta available.   They also do other delicious icecreams – chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, with berries or chocolate sauce.  I love the Summer lemon tart with raspberry sorbet, and a raspberry coulis.   West Cork has wonderful cheeses and these are another favourite of mine because I love that at Richy’s they are served with a fig chutney as well as crisp apple.

Little people are well catered for too at Richy’s, from Chicken lollipops with chips or mash, Fish Bites, Penne pasta or Eddie Twomey’s beef burger and chips.

Richy’s has it all.

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