We were visiting relatives in Limerick last month and took the opportunity to try a few new restaurants over the three days we were staying. On our first night we wanted somewhere near our hotel so we opted for a Chinese restaurant that was only five minutes away. Having checked the menu online I noticed a few Sichuan dishes which made me think there wouldn’t just be standard ‘Irish’ Chinese food available.
When we arrived at around 7 o’clock we were the only diners (Monday is obviously a quiet day) but there was a constant stream of people arriving to collect food for takeaway. To start we ordered, unsurprisingly, a few dim sum: I had minced pork and Pauline went for prawn. Both were good, although I preferred the prawn, and came with the usual vinegary soy sauce dressing that can sometimes overpower the dumplings for me.
For mains I thought I had found one of my favourite Sichuan dishes but on talking to the waitress it seemed I was mistaken so I didn’t want to risk disappointment by ordering the wrong thing. Instead, I went for another favourite of mine: Mapo Tofu and I also asked for the chef to include extra Sichuan peppercorns because I find most places tone them down for the Irish palette. It didn’t disappoint on that front but unfortunately in could have done with more chilli; nonetheless, it was still very enjoyable. Pauline had the Pei Pa duck (cooked with hoisin sauce and an assortment of vegetables) which was lovely and just the right side of sweet.
We didn’t have time for dessert but for drinks we availed of an excellent deal of a bottle of wine for €12.95 as there’s rarely a point in getting something expensive when eating quite spicy food. Having checked it out on my phone beforehand and finding it was a blend of four native French grapes I had expected it to at least be drinkable but I was really surprised at how good it was. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name now, all I know is that it was vin de pays from Laguedoc.
Service was very attentive (not unexpected given we were the only customers) and the waitress had enough English to be able to give us a good idea of what we were ordering (this can often be an issue in the Chinese restaurants off Parnell Street and Capel Street). The total bill including tip was €51.