Thursday, 13 June 2019

Travel Guide: Killarney, My Top places to Eat.

Killarney


Killarney is my hometown and one of the busiest tourist towns in Ireland, I've been wanting to do a guide of my top places to eat for a while and especially when you have kids with you. Having grown up in my mom's Vegetarian restaurant as a child, An Taelann for anyone that may remember. My love for good food definitely grew from there, surrounded by delicious home cooked food.


Places to Eat:

You are spoiled for choice with the number of restaurants in the town. I tend to stick with a few that I love for many reasons.



Lunch:

Khao Asian Street Food - They open at 12 daily for lunch, the menu is 10euro before 5pm includes ice cream after your food. Opened for dinner also. Ask for a child's portion of whatever they will eat as they don't have a separate menu. I usually get Tofo stir fry with rice for River. Favourites are the Bao Khao Pad, Pineapple Fried Rice with Tofu or Prawns and the Phad Thai.
Khao


Treyvaud's - I adore their menu and have tried almost everything. My favourites would have to be their pasta with smoked salmon and the Seafood Chowder. Many of the options are €10 and under.
Smoken Salmon Pasta - Treyvaud's


J.M Reidy's - They serve food daily from 12 - 6, vegan options too.
Loaded Nachos, Truffle Chips and a Breakfast option - Reidy's.


Petit Delice - They serve soup, sandwiches, salads but best of all the selection of fresh French pastries is the most mouthwatering. The almond croissant & crayfish salad are my favourites. They also have a small outside area.
Crayfish Salad at Petite Delice


The Heights Hotel - Great carvery lunch on a Sunday. Lots of Space, Good value and a Big feed.

Muckross House Restaurant- Carvery Lunch Served Daily but get there early as it gets busy.
Fantastic selection for lunch, even an amazing vegetarian option. If the weather is nice you can sit outside and the kids can play in the garden in front of you.


Avoca - Ok so, yes a bit out of Killarney and a bit of a drive (Molls Gap) but it is totally worth it and couldn't not include it! The salads, mains and desserts are divine.
Avoca

 Day time Quick/Take Away Options:

Supervalu: They serve carvery lunch to takeaway Mon - Fri, around 12ish to 3 as it's usually run out by then. Great for a quick baby bowl too for a couple of euro.

Gleeson's, Spar: I love their Rolls as they have a nice selection in their deli when you don't eat meat, lots of salad alternatives. They do takeaway soup too, hot deli counter and also have a small area if you need to sit and eat.

Der O' Sullivan's: Another great one for wraps, sandwiches etc and do other takeaway lunch options too.

Centra, New Street: They do amazing salads that they chop in front of you and also do takeaway carvery options. They also have a bigger shop on Muckross Road with great options.
Centra - New street



Evening Favourites:

The Lane Bar, Ross Hotel - Love their bar menu and cocktails.
Lane Bar


J.M Reidy's - For a few drinks I highly recommend here as they stop serving food at 6pm. They have the BEST cocktails, Pornstar Martini is a must. Large outdoor area with music on sometimes in the evenings or always at the weekends. Such a great buzz in there. Be prepared though, it gets busy so grab a table.
Reidy's


Casita Mexicana - I've been here on many occasion and it always impresses. Love the menu, cocktails and the staff are always fab.
Bean Enchilada with half chips/rice - Casita Mexicana


Genting Thai - Amazing Thai food the decor is stunning.

Khao Asian Food - Great all-rounder.

The Europe Hotel (Brasserie) - If it's food and Drinks with a view you're after, then this is a winner. You can have a bite to eat in the Brasserie then have a drink outside overlooking the lakes and mountains of Killarney.
The Europe Hotel


Lord Kenmares - Food is lovely, They also do an Early bird menu which is great value.

Bricin - The food never fails and staff are fab. Earlybird menu is available.

Afternoon Tea : 


Killarney Royal - Such good value at 12.50 each and it was delicious. Vegetarian option is also available.
Afternoon Tea at The Royal


There are plenty more hotels that do Afternoon Tea but personally think they are overpriced.



Breakfast/Brunch:


The Shire Cafe - I was recently here & thought their menu had a fantastic selection and well priced. From scrambled eggs & toast to pancakes, they have it all. They also do Lunch.

The Curious Cat Cafe - Lots of space to sit outside on a sunny day but there's inside also. They also serve lunch/dinner.


Vendrick's - They do lunch & Dinner too but I've just tried the Brunch so far which was great. It's really spacious so it suits everyone, groups, couples and kids.

Cafe du Parc at The Plaza - Great menu with more options like Avocado toast and French toast. Lunch available too.


Desire - Great for everyone, well-rounded menu with lunch/dinner options.
Desire


Brown Sugar Cafe - If you like a full Irish breakfast, they do a great one for 9.95 including the works.

Coffee & Cake Lovers : 


Noelle's  Cafe- My favourites are the lemon & poppyseed cake with chai tea latte. They also do savoury food if you fancy that too. 
Noelle's


Petit Delice - Great coffee, teas and so many cakes. As I mentioned earlier there are savoury choices also.
Petit Delice


Lir Cafe - Their Hot chocolate is yum and good coffee too.

Reidy's - They really tick the boxes for everything really. The decor alone will blow you away though.

Evening Takeaways

Usmania Indian Resturant Prawn Korma, Pilau Rice, Peshwari Naan are my favourites.


Piccolo - Love the Pizza even though it's on the expensive side but nice for a treat. They have just introduced bring your own Beer which is fantastic if you would like to sit down.



Just to note, These are just personal favourites I have listed and if you don't see a certain place on this list that you like, it only means I either haven't been there yet or like I said I have my preferences. 
However, do let me know if I am missing out on one of your favourites in the comments. 

Also, if you have older relatives who like their dinners then I recommend trying The Carragh Restaurant which is my granda's favourite when he comes from Cork and my mom suggested adding Sceil Eile also. The cake selection is actually really good in Sceil Eile too as is The Continental.  

Thank you for reading,
Aifric x




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  1. We stayed in The Dunloe at Easter and looooved it! We went to JM Reidy's on the Saturday for a few drinks and ate in Bombay Palace, which my husband voted the best Indian he has had since moving to Ireland (14 years ago!). Love Killarney and definitely hope to go back soon xx

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