The Spitjack

We love stumbling across new places in our hometown of Cork, Ireland so when we heard about ‘The Spitjack’ we just had to go check it out. Located in the heart of Cork city on Washington Street lies this tasty gem. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout Monday to Sunday. As soon as we walked in the door, you were greeted with a smile and a warm welcome as the beautiful aromas filled the air. 

The decor in the restaurant is beautiful. Laura filled us in on the history of the place. It has been creatively redeveloped and resigned to showcase a restaurant oozing with personality on both floors.  An architectural beautiful gem.

One of my favourite features is the skylight. You can sit on the second floor with a glass of wine before dinner and overlook the kitchen on the ground floor. With this feature it allows the atmosphere to travel through the restaurant and creates a vibrant felling throughout.

Our first visit to ‘The Spitjack’ was to sample the dinner menu in October. The menu revolves around great quality and fantastic tasting produce, cooked on the rotisserie. The menu featured the best produce from around the country. The menu features a variety of dishes such as Rotisserie Pork Belly Porchetta, Rotisserie Sirloin Steak, Rotisserie Lamb Shank and Rotisserie Ham Hock.  I enjoyed the West Cork Rotisserie Chicken which was bursting with flavour after spending 24 hours bring brined with Rosemary, Thyme and Lemon. I added a side of seasonal vegetables and it was simply delicious. I enjoyed every bite. The flavour of the meat is unique and it’s not something you’ll find anywhere else… trust us, you just have to try it!  I went back with family for lunch before Christmas and yes I did order the West Cork Rotisserie Chicken again… it was just so good the first time, I decided to order it again. Now if that’s not a sign of how good it was… I don’t know what is!

The desserts are For desert, we enjoyed a potted Banoffee pie with chocolate chip biscuit and vanilla ice cream. We also choose a lighter dessert off the lunch time dessert menu which was a lovely treat for the middle of the day!


I also met a great friend for a Saturday morning brunch over Christmas. There was so much to choose from – homemade buttermilk pancakes, chorizo and Italian sausage crumble, eggs benedict, the full jack with local produce including rotisserie ham and the veggie breakfast which included crushed avocado, tomato salsa, rocket, two poached eggs, baked sweet corn cake and avocado hollandaise sauce. The menu was full of choice and catered for every taste bud. I stuck to the full jack and enjoyed every minute.

To take a look at the menus, book at table or for more information you can check out their website here.

Note: As well as enjoying a meal in the restaurant, they also offer a full deli counter with grab and go options available for breakfast and lunch.


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