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Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower Review

Don't be put off by the seedy-looking street entrance to this second-floor restaurant: Seamus O'Connell, the American-born owner-chef here, is one of the stars of the Irish culinary scene. He describes his approach as "trans-ethnic fusion." He has cooked in Mexico and Japan, so his accomplished menu has such quirky, eclectic dishes as wild duck with vanilla, sherry, and jalapeños or pheasant tamale. His mastery of Japanese cooking is impressive, and he also works wonders with Irish staples: combining monkfish cheeks with pearl barley risotto, and in early spring serving a memorable nettle-and-wild-garlic soup. Imaginative presentation, including a surprise taster to set the mood, compensates for the bare wooden floors and stark decor of the corner dining room, as does the house tradition that the maestro himself often serves the dishes he has created. The eight-course tasting menu (€60) is a great introduction to O'Connell's inimitable style.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 35 Princes St., Washington Village, Cork City, Co. Cork | Map It
  • Phone: 021/427–4665
  • Website:
  • Location: Cork City

    Restaurant Details

  • No credit cards.
  • Closed Sun.–Wed. No lunch.
Updated: 04-26-2013

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