LIBERTY GRILL: 32 WASHINGTON STREET, CORK

If you ask a Corkonian where to go for brunch, chances are the Liberty Grill will be one of the first names to trip off their tongue. A Cork institution where brunch is concerned, it’s a popular and busy spot with a great range of options to suit all palates.

I’ve had many brunches in the Liberty Grill over the years. It was the site of my first taste of eggs florentine, morning mimosas and other brunch staples; each time I’m back in Cork I nearly always call in at least once during my visit.

Brunch is served until 5pm, though the menu differs slightly before midday and it is worth noting in advance that they are (sadly) not open on Sundays.

You can find the two different menus here:

– Early brunch (8am-12pm)

– Late brunch (12pm-5pm)

They also do daily specials, which are certainly worth a look as well:

On my most recent visit, I decided to try a bowl of Bircher’s muesli from the day’s specials menu, followed by their Mediterranean breakfast, both of which were excellent.

Despite something of a return to popularity of oat-based dishes in recent years (granola, muesli, porridge and various concoctions), oats are not everyone’s cup of tea, and – particularly in the case of porridge – are often associated with having a heavy, stodgy blend of indiscernible flavours. No so with this muesli recipe, which was particularly good: creamy but light, with distinct layers of flavour and, for the Goldilocks-minded, was ‘just right’ in terms of portion size as well.

As for the Mediterranean breakfast, it’s not infrequently said that the best dishes are often composed of simple, complementary components, cooked well, and here the halloumi worked perfectly with the grilled vine tomatoes, poached eggs and pesto (so much so that the ladies seated at the table next to me were inspired to follow suit and order the same).

I always forget how much I like halloumi until I have the option in front of me, and then wonder why I don’t eat it more often. I think it could do with more frequent inclusion on brunch menus as it’s a cheese that can hold its own against a lot of other flavours without smothering them or making a dish too heavy.

Suffice it to say, once again, the Liberty Grill did not disappoint – I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

Practicalities:
– Service style: Table
– Vegetarian & Vegan menu options
– Cards accepted
– Website: www.libertygrill.ie

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