Winter warmers at Café Bar Deli

Café Bar Deli on Academy Street has been a firm favourite of many Corkonians since 2005 but a new focus on pricing sets it out from the crowd.
Main courses for as low as €10 and reasonably priced, quality wines mark it out as a perfect ‘go-to’ spot for couples, families and colleagues seeking tasty food and a cosy atmosphere which is still upmarket enough to be considered a treat.
We visited last weekend and the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a Saturday night in January. Our starters, a mixed plate of antipasti including some cured meats with an unusual, sumptuous smoked aubergine dip (€8), and a very large portion of delicious chicken liver paté (€7), arrived promptly and were eaten just as quickly.
An excellent value, very drinkable Pech Roc Merlot 2009 (€22) was a great accompaniment to the paté.
For mains, the Moroccan lamb tagine was served in a hearty portion and was pronounced delicious, with perfectly cooked couscous and a nicely spicy, but not overpowering, sauce. A scattering of feta cheese brought a lovely piquancy, and all for just €12. The Pepper Salami pizza, which also included red onion, pepperoni, chilli, red peppers and olives, was very tasty – and also good value, at €10. A shared mixed nut caramel sundae was delicious, and excellent coffee rounded off a great value, tasty meal. We’ll definitely be back.

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