Norbert Neylon's popular town centre restaurant is now well established in the current premises, just across the road from the original restaurant. A door from the street leads up to a spacious and inviting first floor room which, although long and narrow, is effectively subdivided.
Polished wooden floorboards, bare topped darkwood tables with minimal settings and comfortable cream-seated carver chairs create a smart impression, and a carpeted area has small tables at windows overlooking the street. Agreeably lit and decorated in soft colours, with candles and lanterns adding a further atmospheric touch, the sympathetic decor makes it a pleasant place to dine.
Norbert's background is in fine dining - he was Baileys Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year in 1997 and experience at establishments like Dromoland Castle and Thorntons features on his CV - but, although there is still a commitment to seasonal local produce and the cooking is excellent, the main emphasis is on offering value for money.
There's a good range of menus offered, including an 'Early Bird' dinner which offers plenty of choice and is available all evening except on Saturdays. The main dinner menu is also carefully constructed to offer value - except for soup, the starters and desserts are all a flat rate and the main courses, while priced individually, are all under €25; sirloin steak, for example, is €22.50 and a particularly tempting dish of hake & prawns may top the bill at €23 which is very reasonable for the quality of the ingredients. There are daily blackboard specials too - and the good value, together with the conveniently early opening time, works well to encourage people to dine out midweek.
An unusually varied vegetarian menu is also available and, especially commendably, a children’s menu offers ‘real’ food choices such as chicken pasta carbonara, homemade steak burger and homemade chocolate brownies.
This is a pleasant, inviting restaurant and it certainly delivers on both quality and value.The food is plentiful and tasty, and knowledgeable staff provide efficient, friendly and discreet service that is well timed between courses.
A useful place to know about when visiting Cavan Town.