Good oneBy Manon Gustave

   Best Casual Dining Leinster Winner 2014-2015, Irish Restaurant Awards, recommended by Michelin Guide 2014-2015… The Foodworks has built a strong reputation in the cosy city of Kilkenny. Located in the heart of the Historical center, its food attracts tourists and locals for lunch and dinner and offers a surprising menu with traditional dishes cooked with a modern approach.

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Foodworks, cafe, restaurant in Kilkenny. Photography by David McClelland

   In one of the most visited cities of Ireland, it is not difficult to find a place to eat. But what about eat well ? Tourist or not, we all want to ensure value for money. Another problem, you want to eat something tasty and elaborate, but the person with you is looking for a sandwich or a fish and chips. Why not eat both? The Foodworks is what you need. If the entrance doesn’t seem very attractive, push the door and you discover a warm atmosphere in the restaurant. A very friendly and helpful staff guide customers in a well decorated room. The scents that emanate from the kitchen in the background suggest dishes made with passion and creativity. Looking at the menu, there’s something for all the tastes: Soups, Burrito or stuffed aubergines, everybody is sure to find something that will make them happy. There is little wait after ordering and waiters and waitresses would not allow you to be thirsty. When the plates arrived, the aesthetic of the dishes is lovely, almost spectacular. Its bright colours are testament to the chef’s care to prepare high quality food from high quality local ingredients.

   Fish and chips is a staple favourite everywhere you go in Ireland, The Foodworks, added a small touch to this ‘bestseller’: a pea purée and a paprika aïoli that make all the difference to an already tasty dish. This is only one example of the Foodworks’ capacity to surprise you. Looking for a sandwich? You might be tempted by a Cured salmon, cream cheese bagel with lemon & caper dressing. Maybe more in a ‘beef mood’? You could be seduced by the sirloin steak, mushroom rarebit with peppercorn sauce & chips. Also, you will not regret the Spit roast chicken breast with black pea cassoulet, poached pear and natural jus.

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Photography by David, McClelland.


    If the food is important, so is the drink. The restaurant offers a large choice of wines, beers and other cocktails to add flavors to your meal’s.

 Finally, leaving without having (at least) a look at the desserts would be a mistake. Chocolate brownies, vanilla crème brûlée, or fruit posset… It will be difficult not to succumb to temptation. At the end of the lunch/dinner, there are no surprises on the bill, prices are fair for the dishes presented (€23 for two dishes on the evening, €28 for three).

 Staff, food, atmosphere and drinks… The Foodworks is wearing it’s name very well, making it one of the finest restaurants of the cat’s city.

. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Lunch only.

. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Lunch and Dinner.

7 Parliament street, Kilkenny

056 7777 696



More pictures of David McCullen: Official Website

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