When trying to describe Kavanaghs I often say it has a bit of a 'Trendy Wendy' feel about it. The decor is artsy, and a little alternative. It is by all means a casual spot but the exterior suggests 'old man pub' which it is not. Whether on a date or with friends, there are a variety of large and small tables, along with a cosy corner filled with slouchy chairs for after dinner drinks.
The menu itself is mouth-watering to read and really does ‘exactly what is says on the tin’. My personal favourite, the steak Sandwich is out of this world. Served on a stylish wooden board, it oozes rustic appeal, with the sandwich served alongside a mini silver bucket filled with delicious chips. The Chicken Liver Pate was infused with remarkable flavour and was presented beautifully. Not forgetting to mention the Buttermilk Free Range Chicken, which was so fresh we feared it may fly away. The menu is seasonal and changes intermittently which keeps things interesting for returning patrons like myself but that said many of the old favourites remain throughout the year.
The wine list is interesting and varied, with a nice range of reasonably priced red and whites. Other ‘quirky’ characteristics on the drinks list include ‘Jam Jar Cocktails’ and a suitable beer recommendation for each dish on the dinner menu. For the beer enthusiast, Kavanaghs boasts an extensive range of cask ales and alternative beers and ciders.
It is quite evident that a wealth of thought, love and imagination has gone into W.J Kavanagh’s inception and all the hard work has paid off – to say it is a tremendous place to eat simply wouldn't do it justice! Another North side treasure well worth a visit.
The above photos were taken from W.J Kavanagh's website
W.J Kavanghs is located on Dorset Street, directly across from the Mater Private Hospital