The Menu’s fleeting notion that he might physically consume The Cliff House’s Michelin-starred chef Martijn Kajuiter’s sumptuous new cookbook, Let’s Go Disco, could perhaps be filed away as a tad irrational - and we are not simply talking about the difficulty of finding a suitable wine to pair with glossy art paper, coloured ink and pasteboard cover. But this rather erratic epicurean episode becomes somewhat more comprehensible upon viewing photographer Shane O’Neill’s exquisitely near-edible shots of Kajuiter’s extraordinary poetry on a plate. Much more sensible would be to hotfoot it to sister hotel The Cliff Townhouse, Dublin (Nov 19 & Dec 3), when Kajuiter and team showcase some of the book’s dishes in the form of a fantabulous tasting menu along with sommelier Nicki Fajd’s wine choices. Signed copies of the book available on the night.
November sees a multiplicity of splendid dining options, including an East Cork Slow Food dinner with wunderkind chef Kevin Aherne offering a take on his delicious all-local 12-Mile Dinner Menu (Nov 19) at his Sage Restaurant, Midleton (firstname.lastname@example.org). Then (Nov 30), it’s on to one of the finest restaurant locations in the land, Fresco Eaterie & Bistro in UCC’s gorgeous Glucksman Gallery, where chef Prakash Sivakumar brings a dizzying culinary tour-de-force to a seven-course tasting menu using Cork produce. Entitled Rebel Fusion, it is to be paired with wines from the wonderfully versatile L’Atitude 51 Wine Bar, a little further downriver in the heart of Cork city. (Tickets: frescorebelfusion.eventbrite.ie or 021-4901848.) In between those dates, The Menu shall be found in Galway’s Cava Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar, washing down the finest Irish seafood with exquisite Spanish Cava as part of a month-long Cava promotion by the Spanish Embassy. www.cavarestaurant.ie
A double-whammy targeting the ladies sees Mrs Menu off to Cork’s Cornstore (Nov 21) for a Ladies’ Night Out with prosecco reception, fashion show and three-course dinner all for €35 (booking: email@example.com) before hightailing it north of the city to Longueville House, outside Mallow for an evening of ‘social shopping’ (Nov 22), with bubbly and nibbles in the cosiest ‘mall’ in Ireland, featuring fashion, accessories, beauty products, interior design with vendors of same welcome to contact Longueville in advance should they wish to set up shop on the night. www.longuevillehouse.ie
Just Nuts do a very nice line in roasted nuts, the mixed New York nuts especially deserving of accolades, bouquets and a decent bottle to wash them down, but The Menu is most taken with Just Nuts’ Peanut Butter. It is more akin to silky-smooth clotted cream, 95% quality peanuts, and the remainder an elegantly judged addition of Donegal Rape-seed Oil and salt. www.facebook.com/JustNutsCompany
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Beer has been brewed in these islands for over 5,000 years but the main difference is that modern beer is flavoured with hops. Fraoch Heather Ale is a revival of an ancient Scottish recipe flavoured with heather flow-ers which are picked fresh every July and frozen for use throughout the year. The beer is a rich golden colour with a distinctively floral aroma and a pleasant oily character with spicy touches and a slight bitter pear flavour on the finish.
Available from Bradleys Cork and other beer specialists. — Leslie Williams