Two of us went to eat here in July 2010 following a recommendation from the guesthouse we were staying at. Once we found the restaurant we were very happy with the first evening meal of our visit to Kilkenny.
When we arrived we were not sure if we had found the right place, it appeared absolutely empty and did not seem to be as high class as we were told. We plucked up the courage to peruse the menu, which looked expensive judging against the décor. A chap appeared and asked us if we wanted to eat, so we decided to take up the offer to which he said he would check for a free table. This seemed most odd as the place was totally empty, but he returned to guide us down a corridor to the back of the building. We walked from an area of dead quite into a hub of busy social extravagance, it was a surreal experience. We were now in the restaurant rather than the café! The ambiance had changed from an almost embarrassing emptiness to a vibrant scene of smartly dressed customers digging into well-presented food.
This place now looked like it deserved the prices it was charging. We sat in sumptuous surroundings and I enjoyed an imaginative fish platter starter followed by scallops, while my wife had the locally reared lamb. The service could not be faulted. From the street this place does not appear to do itself justice but if you find your way in and through to the restaurant your will have a pleasant surprise. It was not cheap but it did provide excellent food. A bottle of wine started at about twenty-two euros. Our meal of one starter, two mains and a bottle of wine came to about seventy euros altogether. I would recommend this place to others for a special night out.
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