Hey. A guest post from my equine-friendly step-sister Judy who ventured across the county border to Limerick City and posted this bulletin.
Living in East County Clare, Limerick is my nearest city and I go there fairly regularly. Recently I noticed several establishments offering lunch for a fiver or less. Had I not been familiar with the eatforafiver blog I would probably not have paid any heed to them. However, I determined to eat for a fiver on my next visit to Limerick.
Limerick, perhaps surprisingly to some, is, at 91k, Ireland’s third largest city, beating Galway by some 15,000 and being nearly twice the size of Waterford. It is Ireland’s first National City of Culture and there is lots going on. Of course it is also home to Munster Rugby and I have many times left the superb Thomond Park venue more than a little hoarse from screaming encouragement at our wonderful Red Army. The atmosphere in Thomond Park, especially on those occasions when the Boys in Blue descend on us from Dublin, is second to none.
I digress as today was eatforafiver day for me. I headed to Arthur’s Quay Shopping Centre as it has several establishments offering food (more than just soup and a roll) for the requisite price and opted for a Chinese stir-fry. The place was empty, but I put this down to the fact that I was only getting around to lunch at three o’clock in the afternoon. The menu board outside boasted a good selection of familiar sounding beef (€5) or chicken (€4.50) dishes and I ordered a beef dish with noodles only to be asked for “six euro please.” Polite questioning elicited that rice, noodles or chips were one euro extra. Looking at the menu board again I guess technically it does state this but I found the wording misleading (half & half €1 extra is what I saw) and think I can be forgiven for misinterpreting it.
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However, you may disagree?
Indeed eatforafiver has several postings from Chinese restaurants with very tasty looking and positively reported on meals where rice or noodles were included in the price. Oriental Emporium on Abbey Street (31st October 2013) in particular had my mouth watering. Unfortunately today I had no option but to cancel my order.
I headed for my second choice in Arthur’s Quay, the Foodcourt Carvery/Deli …
… where, for €4.95 I could have a chicken, ham, mushroom & spinach pasta bake with side salad or chips. Sounded pretty good. Must have been because by the time I got there it was sold out. However, I was offered in its place a pulled pork wrap, again with a choice of salad or chips. Acceptable. I opted for the salad.
The wrap was hard and dry underneath, I deduced as a result of having been sitting on a warming tray for at least a couple of hours, but OK on top. The pork was cut into several small chunks and definitely not pulled (which seems to be the “in” word for pork these days) but hey, at €4.95 I wasn’t complaining.
Mixed with the pork was a sparse selection of chopped soggy vegetables, all served in an inoffensive though rather sweet sauce, which provided the only flavour to the dish. The salad was crisp and enjoyable.
I imagine that this restaurant does a very good lunchtime trade. The seating area is open, clean and bright, with plenty of well spaced tables.
Other food options were bacon and cabbage for €8.95 and chicken kiev for €7.95. The pork wrap was also offered for €6.95 served with veg & mash or chips & salad and I suspected was only offered to me at the lesser price, but with less choices, to use it up. However I didn’t mind this. I believe I could also have had a free tea or coffee but a glass of water suited fine on this occasion.
Overall impression: Staff – friendly; salad – tasty; pork wrap – could not have told you what it was from taste alone, thus disappointing; Chinese – feeling duped as I think it a fair assumption that a stir-fry is served with at least rice included in the advertised price. I would like to visit the Carvery/Deli again sometime, at an earlier hour, to hopefully sample the pasta bake.