Limerick ‘pop-up’ restaurant is staying put

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Paul Williams of Canteen Food, Mallow Street [Picture: Press 22]
POPULAR eaterie Canteen on Mallow Street has won new fans in the form of the author of the John McKenna of the prestigious Bridgestone guide.

POPULAR eaterie Canteen on Mallow Street has won new fans in the form of the author of the John McKenna of the prestigious Bridgestone guide.

McKenna said “some places have the right feel to them” and Canteen on 30 Mallow Street is one of them, which was opened by Paul Williams, who formerly worked for Heston Blumental’s Fat Duck restaurant, seven months ago.

He praised its pulled-pork wrap as “the best” he has ever eaten, describing it as “lush and satisfying”, while delivering the obligatory health kick that the restaurant prides itself on.

“If Mr Williams insisted on serving a wrap like this straight from the floor, you would still go to Canteen to eat it. That good. So, next time we are in Limerick, we will be in for breakfast and I would say the chances are that we will be back for lunch,” he wrote on their blog. He continued: “Mr Williams and his team have concentrated all their energies on what counts – sourcing great food and cooking it with imagination and sympathy. That is why Canteen feels so right.”

While it was their intention to open as a ‘pop-up’ restaurant - with just 15 seats - for six months, Mr Williams said they hope to expand within the next year in a new location, after developing their menu further, to include dishes such as tea smoked salmon and Asian salad.

They are also working on displaying calorie counts for meals and treats. Canteen will host a sushi night this Thursday, and a Mexican night this Sunday from 5.30pm, after the Great Limerick Run, with a dj and wine served.

All its produce is sourced locally, from Limerick and Tipperary.