A smartly painted frontage and cool frosted glass windows create a good impression on arrival at this chic contemporary restaurant - a feeling quickly confirmed by an attractive interior, with clean-lined modern table settings (linen napkins, gleaming glasses), mellow lighting, judiciously placed plants and some very attractive paintings and prints.
Proprietor Virginie Sarrazin welcomes arriving diners promptly, and the hospitality is genuine: a choice of table is given (if available), and tempting menus are quickly presented.
Seasonal foods are at the heart of Chef Carolyn Buckley's cooking, which includes imaginative choices for vegetarians, and also some daily specials - and the reading is made all the more enjoyable by the arrival of a complimentary amuse-bouche and speedily delivered bread.
This Cork Restaurants speciality dishes tend to favour seafood - Mediterranean fish stew, for example - and carnivores will love the slow cooked lamb tagine , with classic desserts to finish.
Imaginative food, sassy service, and an interesting wine list too; wines by the glass chalked up on a board start at about €5 and include a sparkling wine.