Yuan Ming Yuan

17 Princes St, Cork, Ireland

Food: 4
Service: 5

Price: €25 per person

I am on the other side of the Isles this weekend, enjoying an unusual sunny Sunday in Cork, Ireland. These are those very few moments for which you are grateful it rains 350 days a year on the Emerald Island, so that you can enjoy the brightest and most varied green and blue shades when the sun actually shines.

And so I am back writing from the southern city of Cork, where, for some unknown reason, I found one of the nicest Chinese restaurants outside of China. I admit the food is not exactly the most truthful Chinese food. But, contrary to usual expectations, food here is fresh and pretty greasy-less compared to the average Chinese options.

The strongest dish of the house is steamed dim-sum with scallops and prawns. Incredibly soft, healthy-tasty and strengthened by the delicious, chunky Irish scallops. A portion gives three. Sometimes my partner and I have two portions each, just to make sure we go away with our mouths full of its flavour!

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The icing on the cake is the amazing service – especially offered by the manager Eric. If you show up more than three times, Eric will remember your name and your preferences. He now knows what I order from start to finish. When I showed up this weekend, he came to the table as soon as we sat down apologising for running out of scallops on the day! The restaurant kept to its standards once again though, even without scallops.

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