On a Friday night we couldn't get a table at a few restaurants and while walking down Camden Street I said to Mr. FFID 'What about Camden Kitchen?'. Luckily they had a table so we decided to give it a try.
Camden Kitchen is quite a small restaurant on 2 floors. We were sitting on the first floor which looked a bit like a mezzanine with just a few tables. If you can, sit downstairs, it looks more modern and spacious. The decor is very simple and unpretentious, it's all about the food there.
The welcoming waiter gave us the menus. I was nicely surprised by the choice of options. The starters ranged from €6.50 for a fish soup with tomato, saffron and aioli croutons to €10 for new season asparagus, crispy organic hen egg and parmesan. The mains sounded interesting with mention of local Irish produce and prices between €16.50 to €26.
I went for the fresh Connemara crab meat served with confit chicken wings (€10). I thought it was an original combination as you rarely see fish and meat together in a dish, it was certainly different from the usual. A sweetcorn purée was smeared on the plate and there was a nice mix of texture between the crispiness of the chicken wings and the softness of the crab meat. The dish was flavoursome and substantial.
We were pretty full after that, we decided to share probably the most simple dessert on the menu: lemon and poppy seed madeleines (€7) with vanilla ice cream and lemon curd. We enjoyed it but it was maybe a bit too homemade looking compared to the rest of the meal.
Camden Kitchen is a little hidden gem and I recommend a visit. The service was thoroughly excellent: staff were attentive, friendly and smiley. They use fresh seasonal ingredients and the food is executed superbly. If you're looking for an intimate and casual restaurant with good food, this is the place!
3 Camden Market
Tel: (01) 476 0125
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