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Orso Kitchen and Bar

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Orso is a one off. There’s simply nowhere quite like it. It’s a teeny tiny space, in the centre of Cork city, but somehow it manages to be a bar-cocktail bar-takeaway-delivery service-coffee bar-barista school-lunch spot-sandwich bar-dinner restaurant, all in one. And it is tiny. How do they do it? We don’t know, but the people of Cork city are sure grateful, and this is one of the hardest tables to snag in the city: Orso is jammers all day long.

The food has all the modern tropes you look to find in millenial Irish restaurants - everything from pomegranate molasses to giant cous cous, from flatbread with pulled pork to spiced chickpeas with crispy kale. But the styling and seasoning is individual, and beautifully understood and curated. You can’t classify the cooking in any way other than to say it’s warming, alive and full of flavour and goodness, and the staff deliver it with joy. Orso: only in Cork.

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Tracey Corbett, Conrad Howard, and Judy Howard
8 Pembroke Street, Cork
+ 353 21 2438000

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