Loko is a funky, colourful, vivid space, and head chef David Larkin and his team are crafting some really smashing food here at the Ardkeen Centre. The ambition of the Loko crew is to offer good food for everyone at any time of the day – they are open from 11am, until late – echoing the sort of casual setting with creative food that you would find in Barcelona or London. So, you might arrive with the family for Sunday lunch, or just grab a bite of their various flatbreads in the bar with a friend. You might have a soup and sambo combination at lunchtime, or get a big weekend night started with a mojito and take it from there.
They have slimmed down the early, expansive menus, in favour of a more concise, and better focused, food offering. Wisely, they start with what is on their doorstep – Blackwater gin cured sea trout; Ballybeg beetroot carpaccio; fresh local fish, aged local meats – and then fashion handsome and clever modern food that loves to riff with favourite ingredients – St Finnan’s smoked haddock croquettes, or that smoked haddock served with a watercress waffle; slow-cooked beef cheek with mash, or beef cheek with parsnip and smoked bacon; duck breast served with spiced raisins, or confit duck wings served Asian style.
Loko offers excellent value for money, and we really admire the determination to do everything with style and panache, right from the morning’s flat white to dinner time’s cod and roast pepper cassoulet. All this, and an interactive jukebox: download that sevenpop app now!
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