Nook Cafe & Restaurant
Ethna Reynolds is a real powerhouse cook. In a tiny space in little Coolooney, she puts out big, big flavours – slow-cooked White Hag beef brisket hash; the big local burger with Dozio’s cheese, bacon, beetroot and a Ballysadare egg; double chocolate ganache toffee popcorn cake; the smoothie with kale, spirulina, spinach, avocado, banana and almond milk. But the whumpf! of the combinations is balanced by her dextrousness and delicacy as a cook, so the combinations are thought-through and successful, and there is nothing on the plate that doesn’t need to be there. So, that Japanese katsu curry will have deep, deep flavours, but also a filigree finish that makes it light and true tasting. Ms Reynolds also shows that she can roam the culinary globe, so you order the Thai veg and chickpea coconut curry, or the big veggie burger, or the southern chicken and biscuits, knowing it’s going to be echt, and fun to eat. The Nook is a Tardis: step in the doors, and you set off on a culinary journey, with the world of flavours arrayed before you. The only problem, after a whirlwind first year in business, is actually getting a seat to enjoy breakfast, or lunch. A gem.
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