[Update 2017: Kinsale has closed]
Open-Air Eats: Channeling the Irish seaside, Kinsale brings contemporary Irish and European cuisine to Kennedy Town.
Look & Feel: Kinsale is home to gorgeous interiors, seaside motifs, high ceilings and contemporary furniture throughout. The lounge-like setup feels fresh thanks to an open-air venue that lets a breeze pass through every once in a while.
On the Menu: So what exactly is contemporary Irish cuisine? Look for fresh seafood, sea salt and vodka cured salmon ($168), roast corn-fed chicken breast ($198) and beer-battered fish and sea-salt chips ($208). There is also a diversified brunch menu that offers everything from a full Irish Breakfast ($168) to homemade crumpets ($78) and smoked bacon pancakes ($148).
Service: We have had dishes forgotten and mixed up here, but the staff are generally up to speed.
Jeng: It’s kind of hard not to like the angus beef burger with foie gras ($198), but the seafood is the highlight here. Go for the hearty Kinsale seafood pie if you want something filling. There for brunch? Do yourself a favor and order the Bloody Bacon cocktail. Can’t go wrong with the beer-battered fish and chips ($188) either.
Great For: Dates, day drinking, brunch and leisurely lunches.
FYI: Kinsale is named after a seaside town in Ireland, hence all the seafood and nautical touches.
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