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“Faultless”

Petronella Restaurant & Cafe
Ranked #2 of 256 Restaurants in Kilkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European
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Description: From wherever your are standing on the High Street in Kilkenny, a few minutes walk will get you to the most famous of all the slips, the Butterslip Lane and to Petronella, the city's most recently opened Restaurant-Cafe. Over four hundred years ago horse drawn carriages trundled down this thoroughfare. The charming slip with its pretty name is steeped in history and worn with footfall and remains so today. Duck under the archway and just on the right Petronella is becoming a regular for those who have discovered her. Guest Book entries already bear testament to culinary experiences from both near and far, the last entry from a diner from Seattle says 'as a chef I can truly recommend the cuisine and it blew me away. The presentation was classy and flavour profiles were 'spot on'. No less important is the nine year old from Meath who recommended the 'great chips and good orange'. Petronella seats fifty customers. Situated over two floors, a specially commissioned impression by local artist Brock Butler of the figure herself hangs in the stairwell and is already becoming used to the photographs. Whatever the season and whatever your taste and however much time you have to spend, both the menu and the layout are tailored to suit. Tables are thoughtfully spaced and many have remarked on how easy it is to dine alone if preferred but few can figure out why. Window seats upstairs draw the eye to the timelessness of the lane below. Original stone walls and overhead beams draw comments all of the time and the romance and ambience are pulled together in the specially chosen background music. Petronella is easy to drop in to but harder to leave. The cornerstone of the culinary experience is in the welcoming and attentive staff and the individuality of the customer. Requests and enquiries from diners form part of the spirit of a collective dining experience. Petronella's doors open at 11.30Am with lunches until 3pm followed by those who drop in for coffee and tea until 5pm when the early bird begins, with last orders at 9pm. Throughout the day all of the menus drawon our chefs' wealth of experience and the personal touch of the owner whose daily presence and past years spent in the restaurant business and no less in the area of tourism, continue to be relied on. Whether in conversation or having a direct hand in for example baking Petronella's own in house bread, his plans are to soon introduce both an old Scottish Island bread recipe to the menu and a much loved Halloween brack as soon as the Autumn sets in. Already customers have remarked on 'the delicious tea and crackling biscuits'. The chefs' modern approaches to current demands such as the individualized nature of, for example, gluten free or vegetarian menu, are continually researching newdishes such as Potato Rosties &Smoked Salmon, frittatas with quinoa salads and creme brulees with ratafia biscuits. Petronella has just opened but is already warming to the coffee concerts and other musical events planned for the months to come. Locals' pride in their interest in sharing their knowledge about Petronella becomes apparent when they come to dine. Petronella Restaurant-Cafe looks forward to always dipping into the archives on her namesakes remarkable history as the first woman to be burnt at the stake in Europe. Situated around the corner from where Petronella met her end is where you are invited to dine and where new histories will begin. Welcome to Petronella........
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Having eaten here three times within the past 6 months i cannot highlight enough how well worth a visit this little gem is. Excellent food, varied wine menu and professional yet homely service. You wont be disappointed!

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Thank noddyT
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

This is such a lovley buidling and I must say we received a very nice welcome from the owner - but I felf the food was very ordinary. The chef was tried to make the food look modern and exciting, but it was more style over substance in my opinion. It was very good value though.

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Thank declanjhayes
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

We stopped for lunch here. It's a small funky space set over two floors. Frequented by students, and young people, probably because of it's ambience and also its price point Starters were 7 Euro approx and main courses 10 Euro. We sat upstairs at a window seat table overlooking the Butter Slip. We had chicken liver pate, which was very good but served on brown bread which I found a bit heavy, would have been better served separately with toast. We also tried the shelled mussels which were excellent. We then opted for fish and chips which was excellent. Couldn't finish the food, fish was amazing and fresh cut chunky chips were great too. Main Course would have been enough or starters for a light lunch. All the food is freshly prepared and very reasonably priced. Would highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner. Would be great for a group event and this restaurant has hosted intimate singing artist evenings with dinner which to me seems like a wonderful experience.

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Thank Tet1
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

Returned to Petronella after a year and a half. The food is just devine! I ordered the Brie and the chicken supreme (creamy, beautifully presented, fresh and perfectly cooked) and my husband who is a vegan had a vegan lasagne and an amazing vegan chocolate mousse. Cannot give enough praise for the atmosphere, the friendly staff, and the food. Definitely will return again.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

The owner is a nice person, always recognizing me when I come, happy to have a chat, very welcoming.
The starters and the main courses are very good. I love the room too. A point of improvement: the desserts

Thank SawBleu
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