Kildare Town

After a long Tuesday working in the studio I arrived home to be greeted by the most wonderful suggestion….”sure will we go out for dinner tonight?” I was skeptical at first, I had two juicy sirloins in the fridge begging to be put in a sandwich, but there’s always tomorrow for that! After a few minutes negotiating on the location of our meal we decided on Cunningham’s in Kildare Town. I had been a couple of times before for a quick meal while working but Ali had never tried it.

Cunningham’s is an old style cosy bar in the centre of the town. It has a live music venue upstairs which has attracted the likes of Declan O’Rourke, Jack L, Paddy Casey and Aslan recently while the main bar and restaurant area are located on the ground floor. They have a good selection of craft beers and a small wine bar as you walk in. We sat towards the back of the pub as “the snug” around the fire was full. The menu contains plenty of options and should cater to most tastes. Its on the curry front that Cunningham’s made its name and I can assure you, from previous visits, they are excellent.

For starter I went for the butterfly prawns with chilli jam. They were delicious, even if they did arrive on a slate! The prawns were tender on the inside with a crispy panko crumb exterior while the jam was the perfect addition to add a little spice to proceedings.

Starter: 8/10

Having tried the curries before (and admittedly loving them) I wanted to ensure that Cunningham’s isn’t a one trick pony. With this in mind I ordered the beef burger. It was wonderful. A burger can seem like a safe choice but is often a let down as there is nothing worse than an under seasoned over-cooked burger. This was none of them things. The bun was fresh, the onion straws were crispy and delicious while the burger itself was juicy with lots of flavour. I’ve rarely had a burger as good as this.

Mains: 8.5/10

No matter what our intentions are, we can never go for a meal without having dessert and this was no different. I went for the malteser sundae but sadly it was the only blip on an otherwise fantastic meal. Too much cream, not enough malteser, it was unfortunately highly average, the only thing that was on the night. The service was excellent throughout but the price was exceptional. We paid €73 for 3 courses each, 2 glasses of Montepulciano, 2 glasses of fanta orange, a tea and a double espresso. When you remove the drinks it worked out at roughly €25 for 3 courses which is excellent value for the quality on offer. We will certainly be back.

Dessert: 6/10
Value for Money: 9/10
Ambiance: 8/10

Overall: 8/10 Highly Recommended

Cunningham’s Bar,
Main Street,
Kildare Town,
Co. Kildare
(045) 521780

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