The Munster Regional Final of the 2014 Irish Restaurant Awards, in association with Independent LIFE magazine, took place last Tuesday night in Limerick. It was no surprise that Cormac Cronin of Bodega Restaurant in Waterford City came out top of the bunch in the “Best Casual Dining in Waterford” catergory, for Cormac and his team have truly mastered the art of casual dining.
It just so happened that I had the pleasure of once again dining in Bodega last weekend, so here’s my take on it..
My parents were visiting Waterford for a couple of days so I took the opportunity to treat them to dinner to celebrate my Dad’s birthday which was this week (Happy Birthday again Dad!!). Now, my parents travel a lot and eat out a lot and while I wanted casual dining, I also wanted to be assured of good food. I knew Bodega wouldn’t let me down..
Their “Home-Grown” Set Menu is priced at €29.90 and offers excellent value for money and highlights the best of Irish locally grown produce.
We kicked off with a Mise En Bouche of smoked duck breast and duck terrine while tucking into a plate of breads which of course included Blaas (a soft while roll traditional to Waterford).
Starters included a sublime chicken liver paté with apple chutney, smoked bacon risotto (so good it silenced my husband) and a haddock smokie that my Dad decided was the best smokie he had ever had.
Main courses included organic pork belly, chargrilled steak with a smoked bone marrow butter and the fish of the day was lemon sole.
My Dad opted to break away from the set menu and ordered one of the specials. He chose monkfish which got a big thumbs up too (I wasn’t quick enough to get a photo of it)
These were washed down with carafes of red and white wine, craft beer and a soft drink for Fiona the Driver.
Desserts were delightful and featured their famous blaa bread and butter pudding which my Mum loved. I chose carrot cake with orange syrup, walnut praline and cream cheese ice-cream and it didn’t disappoint.
Teas and coffees arrived with the most exquisite chocolate truffles.
As always, the welcome was warm and the service was excellent.
Best of luck to Cormac and all the gang at Bodega in the RAI regional finals in June.
PS: If you are planning to visit Bodega, book in advance if you can – you won’t be surprised to hear that they are very very busy. However, I have called on spec and been lucky enough to grab a table for two.
Bodega: Tel: 051 844 177
I rarely write restaurant reviews preferring to tweet photos if I’m enjoying the food when I’m dining out. However, I do think Bodega is something special and I wanted to share my experience with you. I was under no obligation to write this review and did not receive payment in exchange for it.