Saturday, March 10, 2012
.......Just off the main square on O'Connell St is Nude Food - an absolute gem of a find. We visited for lunch and were completely wowed over by the food. An extensive menu made choice difficult, but my wife's Ploughman's Lunch was the best version of the dish we ever came across, and the lamb burger for me was simply superb.
Chef Louise Clark also opens for dinner from Thursday to Saturday and booking is a must. And if you dine out once in Dungarvan, or are just passing through, then Nude Food ticks all of the boxes. ......
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Louise Clarke can do it all, and that is why Nude Food is such a hotshot place to eat. She has been a marketeer, selling her own cooked food, a fact that allowed her café to take off like a rocket when she opened in late 2008, for Ms Clarke was already a Waterford brand. She has been a caterer, and still cooks for groups, events and occasions. And as a restaurateur she has the confidence and élan that comes from such a deep background. She knows the smart choices, she knows the sourcing, and she knows the cooking. And she makes it all look so easy, the business of running a shop and café where everything screams: eat me!
Her secret is one shared by many of the best women cooks: she is no snob, so everything in Nude is lavished with equal TLC, whether you are having a sandwich or the slow-roast belly of pork. And she has no ego: she is here to feed you, and to make sure you enjoy what has been prepared in the kitchen. So, it's Irish stew today, and the brilliant portobello mushroom steak sandwich tomorrow, and duck confit with herb potatoes the day after. And when the sun shines, let's sit out in the secret garden where the salad leaves and herbs and tomatoes are grown for the kitchen, and share some pavlova with their legendary blackcurrant jam. Nude Food is simply delightful.