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    Liberty Grill: When a Grill is More Than That

    If you think a grill is not enough of a "foody" experience for a lavish night out. You would be entirely wrong when it comes to Cork's Liberty Grill. If you've ever watched a Gordon Ramsay show you'll appreciate the attitude this small restaurant has to its food. Ramsay maintains that the best food comes from fresh, local ingredients coming together to delight in their simple but pleasurable taste. Liberty Grill follows this design to the core.

    With a menu of well known favourites such as Devilled Crab, Barbeque Wings and Blue Cheese Burgers, and a for-one-month-only selection of seasonal a propos its offerings are at once familiar and tempting. Yet Liberty Grill's menu is only half the appeal, its staff are friendlier and more subtly attentive than any grill's front of house needs be. With their smiles and good humour it won't be long before the entire table is buoyed to picking each other's course intent on stealing a bite from every plate of food.

    And it is indeed a good thing that I tasted everyone at the table's courses, as my choice of food was less than stellar compared to my tablemate's. The Mussels Mariniere (a monthly offering) were typical of Irish restaurant mussels, insubstantial and lacking in the quality mix of French wine, garlic and onion. Yet my other diner's barbeque wings were a delight of a sweet, dry spiced sauce and plentiful, excellent quality chicken. While the Deep Fried Cambozola was indulgent to the extreme, with the proper kick of a good quality cheese.

    Again, my main course of Tennessee Flambé was a slight let down, however I had another tablemate to blame for that. Liberty Grill point out on the menu that the flambéd beef is best served medium-rare, yet my friend insisted on having it very, and he meant very, well done. Unfortunately my medium rare became caught up in this well done catastrophe and came out medium at best. That being said, the meat was succulent and delicate, which is a true testament to the quality of the ingredients being used that a medium piece of beef can retain such flavour and tenderness. With all my choices letting me down a little, although only letting me down by Liberty Grill's high standard, the mushrooms came to the rescue, I can quite honestly say I have never had a nicer mushroom. Fried to perfection along with the onions and beef medallions, they had soaked up all those juices yet still maintained a wildly mushroom flavour. And that point could equally be made for the onions.

    The other main courses I sampled would have been a better choice than dancing with very well done sacrilege (he did however enjoy his sacrilege.) The very reasonably priced Fish of the Day was monkfish and it retained all its ocean flavour complemented by a lovely herbed mash. Although the sweetened kalamata olives were an unnecessary distraction, especially when more potatoes could have been on the plate. The Parma and Mozzarella Burger, another monthly special proves that Liberty Grill can do traditional grill fare with all ingredients complementing each other with grace. Salted Parma ham, everything Denny's is not and a stringy, gooey cheese that wrapped itself around some of the finest beef Ireland has to offer means you should get to Liberty Grill while this burger is still on the menu.

    Dessert was a mixture of Chocolate Brownies and Ice Cream in ample portions and beat-the-Italians good Espresso.

    While my selection of meal was poor, Ireland just can't seem to cook mussels and ordering the same dish as someone who demands a holocaust of beef were both mistakes I made, Liberty Grill was still a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. The ingredients came through and made my lesser meal selection extraordinarily satisfying by any other restaurant's standards. Both the fish and burgers, and the starters were cooked exquisitely and flavoured to a tee. However my greatest accolade has to go to the staff. Whether it was replacing our empty water jug and used napkins without bringing any attention to themselves, laying down extra plates for those sharing starters or laughing at the empty wine bottle we garnished with our decorative herbs, the staff made our meal a joy. And that seems to epitomise Liberty Grill: genuine, quality staff serving genuine, quality ingredients to make up one of the best dining experiences in Cork.

    http://libertygrill.ie/



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