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Toby Kaar's Guide To Cork
We could have given you the low-down on Ireland’s fastest-growing cultural hub ourselves, but it wouldn’t have been half as entertaining as this lively virtual tour, courtesy of the Rebel city’s favourite beatmaker, Toby Kaar. The UK-born, Cork-raised electronic whiz kindly agreed to give us some invaluable advice on where to eat, where to drink and where to carve and grind (it’s a skateboarding thing!)
Celina Murphy, 12 Jun 2012
Tel 021 427 1049
This place makes the best breakfast in Cork. It’s maybe my favourite place to eat in all of the city. It does all-day breakfasts, they make these really weird grilled sandwiches – oh! And you know what they do really good? Poached eggs. And they have one of these really fancy menus, but it’s all like, pretty affordable so you can get, like crab cakes and shit, and French toast made with brioche. I fucking love brunch, I would just eat breakfast three times a day if I could. I know you’re only supposed to have brunch on a Sunday. I’ve been living Sundays permanently for the last year.
The Sandwich Stall
The English Market, Grand Parade
This place in the English Market makes really good sandwiches. I can’t eat all of them ‘cause I’m a vegetarian. I’m told they’re fantastic. They do an amazing spicy chickpea one and they do ones with really, really good cheese and stuff. You can get them in wraps and rolls. They take all the ingredients from the market. You can properly tell these ones have been made with like, fancy shit and I don’t consider myself a gourmand or anything but all that stuff is tasty, like. It’s all that rustic shit and I hate using that word, but it is, the bread there is rustic as fuck.
The Mutton Lane Inn
Patrick St. Tel. 021 427 3471
There’s a couple of places that do really good stout in Cork and this is one of them. It’s full of trendy people now, but it’s still got like, an old pubby vibe. It’s not intimidating or anything like that, which I find with lots of bars. Well, not lots of bars but these bars that have bouncers on the doors, they just kind of creep me out. But this place is comfy and it’s cosy and everybody kind of goes there at some point when they’re in Cork.
The Franciscan Well
North Mall. Tel. 021 439 3434
The Fran Well’s got loads of nice drinks and they’ve got a really nice beer garden. They do Oktoberfest there every year and they’ve got barbeques out the back. It’s a bit out of the way, so you kind of want to go there for more than one pint, but it’s great, like. The Fran Well beers have started to get stocked in a lot of the places around Cork now. I’m not hugely dedicated to any one beer but their stuff is really good, the Rebel Red is a really nice ale. They have lots of special brews on tap and I’m always up for that. I don’t like to leave a bar and wonder what could have been.