Sep 07, 2020
My American husband and I recently visited Cork from Dublin. We were excited to eat here because I’m Palestinian Jordanian, and my husband loves my mom’s food. We had low expectations because Middle Eastern ingredients are hard to find in Ireland and we expected the recipes to be adapted to Irish tastes. But as many previous reviews have noted, this is the real deal! We loved it so much we went back two days later. We had the Zaatar/cheese manakeesh combo (as good as the best bakers in Amman), the msakhan (authentic spices and generous amount of topping), the mince meat (sfeeha), the magdoos (exactly like home), the spinach pies (to die for!!!), the warbat (wonderful crunchy layers and satisfyingly sweet), cinnamon roll (OMG! Not Palestinian but delicious!) and the Palestinian coffee (spot on). The spinach pies are my favorite, so tart and flavorful. If you’re thinking that you don’t want a tart savory pie, you’re wrong...this is perfection. Second favorite would be the Zaatar and cheese manakeesh—a classic done right. Izz and Eman make me proud as a Palestinian, and I wish/hope that they open a branch in Dublin. I’d be there every other day! Until then, my husband and I are already planning our next visit to Cork just to eat here.