We timed our visit well (as usual) as it started to rain when we ducked into the café for lunch. Can you guess what we had? Yes, vegetable soup! Luckily, we were leaving the café just as another busload was descending – well-timed, again!
After our stroll back along the other side of the river, we ended up at Ard Bia at Nimmo’s for dinner. An outstanding choice – another restaurant that offered inventive and exciting vegetarian fare (as well as the usual excellent seafood and meat!). We went all ‘carby’ and had: Pan-fried squash and smoked Gubbeen (cheese) gnocchi, with artichoke, hazelnut picarde, confit fennel & carrot;Chickpea pancake stuffed with purple broccoli, with garlic & feta piquillo pesto. Delicious and very filling! Go to Ard Bia at Nimmo’s
On our amble down the busy evening streets my ears pricked up to the sound of brass – a big band. John was sure it was a recording, but I wanted to investigate. We went into Busker Brown’s and gazed in amazement – an 18-piece big band was crammed on a tiny stage at the front of the pub, playing their hearts out while people were swinging on the wooden boards in front of them! Sodding brilliant!! They were called ‘Black Magic Big Band,’ and I was so damned happy to have found them! They play every Sunday and Monday night, and the place was filled with regulars, with only a few tourists. Their repertoire included all the old faves as well as some new one – Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Harry Connick Jnr as well – FABULOUS! We left after the first set, but most people didn’t arrive till after 10:30pm (we are such old farts!!). Have no idea how people do these weeknights when they have work in the morning (past midnight seems to be no big deal). Maybe other people don’t get up as early as us! It was a great night, though!