KILKENNY

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THE SALT YARD

Fri­ary Street, Kilkenny, 056-770 3644, the­salt­yard.ie, ¤¤ Al­ready spoiled in food terms (and in Miche­lin stars) Kilkenny wel­comed the Salt Yard to its ranks this sum­mer. A cool, in­dus­trial in­te­rior, noth­ing like your usual ta­pas joints, is warmed by au­then­tic Span­ish cook­ing from head chef Asier Cuevas Her­nan­dez, who hails from the Basque coun­try, and his Span­ish team (the dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion mat­ters, we’ve been as­sured). Large por­tions – larger than most Ir­ish ta­pas bars – and a combo of ex­cel­lent Ir­ish pro­duce mixed with im­ported Span­ish spe­cial­i­ties make for a great ad­di­tion to the Mar­ble City food scene. It does jus­tice to the much-man­gled patatas bravas (¤6), while other menu high­lights in­clude ex­cel­lent mus­sels in salsa verde (¤10), Sala­man­can chorizo cooked in lo­cal High­bank cider (¤7.95) and an in­ter­est­ing Basque goats-cheese ice cream (¤9).

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