Friday, January 20, 2017

Locally sourced ingredients at the Absolute Bar & Grill Limerick

Jim Kordon is the head chef of the award winning Absolute Hotel.  Located on the first floor of the Absolute Hotel Limerick you will find the Absolute Bar & Grill.  Local produce, river views, good value and made to order dishes are just some of the details expected when dinning in this popular Limerick city restaurant.
As head chef, Jim’s mission is to ‘create locally sourced food that is not pretentious and food that complements the smart surroundings of the Absolute Bar & Grill, a place where people leave happy and have every intention of coming back’.

Recently revamping its midweek lunch menu, this new menu, back-boned by locally-sourced produce has been Jim’s main focus over the past weeks, he says. ‘It is a menu that will suit friends meeting for a light bite and a catch-up, something you can grab on a lunch break in a hurry or a place to escape the city centre without going too far, enjoying a meal with good service and a nice atmosphere and look at nothing but trees and river, just a moment to move away from the chaos’. 
Having spent some of his career in areas such as West Cork and Clare, Jim is passionate about supporting and using local ingredients.  ‘We have fresh, traceable, top quality produce on our doorstep’ he explains while plating up one of the newest additions to the midweek lunch menu, Steak Sandwich with grilled medallions of beef.  ‘The beef comes from Noel O’Connor’s farm.  He is a fifth generation family butcher from Limerick so quality is assured’.  ‘Choosing great ingredients is key to producing fresh, seasonal and enjoyable food’ Jim explains.
Elaborating on this, Jim says ‘If I take this Steak sandwich that has 4 main elements to the dish including caramelized onions and peppery rocket leaves, which I source all the fruit & vegetables for the hotel from Limerick fruit & veg and Béarnaise sauce which is made in house, I know I can be proud to serve these dishes knowing all the ingredients are fresh, traceable and locally produced’.
Below is the recipe of the ‘Absolute Steak sandwich’ but if you prefer to get it freshly prepared by Chef Jim on full view then it is served from 12.30pm – 5.00pm Monday – Saturday. 
Book a table 061 463600
Ingredients – Serves 1
·         1 Chargrilled slice of ciabatta bread
·         100g onions from Limerick Fruit & Veg
·         130g Trimmed, rolled, seasoned & grilled rump of beef from Noel O’Connor’s butchers.
·         50g fresh rocket from Limerick Fruit & Veg
·         Homemade Béarnaise sauce (makes 1 bottle)
-          300g butter
-          4 tbsp. white wine vinegar
-          2 shallots, chopped
-          3 tbsp. chopped fresh tarragon
-          salt and freshly ground black pepper
-          4 free-range egg yolks
-          1 tsp lemon juice
·         Homemade Béarnaise sauce 
-          Clarify the butter by melting it in a small, heavy-based saucepan over a low heat.
-          Pour the vinegar into a saucepan. Add the shallots, chopped tarragon
-          Add salt, to taste
-          Lightly beat egg yolks with one teaspoon of water.  Stir the egg yolk mixture into the cooled vinegar, then add the lemon juice.
-          Pour the mixture into a bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water (do not allow base of the bowl to touch the water). Whisk constantly until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon and has increased in volume.
-          Remove the bowl from the heat and slowly pour in the clarified butter in a steady stream, whisking continuously, until the mixture is thick and smooth.

·         Cut beef in 3 medallions, grill to your liking
·         Caramelized onions -
·         Lightly toast ciabatta on chargrill
·         Spoon the caramelized onions onto the chargrilled ciabatta bread and then top with the beef.
·         Dress rocket leave with balsamic vinaigrette
·         Drizzle over Béarnaise sauce
·         Enjoy!

Friday, January 13, 2017

4 reasons to choose Limerick as your Hen Party destination

The venue is booked for the wedding day and the dresses are ready.  You are the go to girl to rant at, cry with, get excited with, count on and most of all you embark on the wedding planning with the bride…. Now though it is the biggest task you will embark on, the HEN PARTY.  When it comes to planning a hen party you will touch on a lot of professions; from accounting, event management, sales along with people management. 
However you can reduce stress levels by picking the right destination…. LIMERICK!

Home to the Treaty Stone, Munster rugby and the river Shannon these are the top 4 reasons to book Limerick as the destination of choice.

1     Accessible – Limerick is easy to get to whether by car, bus or train.  Limerick is only a 60 minute drive from Cork and 90 minutes from Dublin.  Don’t worry when you reach the Absolute Hotel Limerick there is complimentary limited car parking on site or only €5 overnight rate for a multi storey car park close by.  If you are arriving by bus or limo there is a set down area outside the hotel so there is no long distance to travel from vehicle to the reception area.
Train & Bus – Limerick Colbert train and bus station is well connected to the rest of Ireland.  Colbert station is only a 15 minute walk to the Absolute Hotel but there is a taxi rank at the main entrance of the train station and it is only about a 6 minute drive to the Absolute Hotel Limerick.

       Absolute Hotel Limerick – Here at the Absolute Hotel Limerick we can take care of breakfast, dinner, cocktails and accommodation.  There are 1 or 2 night packages to choose from.  1 night package starts from €82.00 per person sharing a triple room and two night package €142.00 per person sharing a triple room.  All the hen party packages include:
-          Bride-To-Be stays free with 20 paying guests
-          1 or 2 night’s accommodation & full Irish breakfast each morning
-          Cosmopolitan drinks reception on one night of your stay
-          3 course meal in the Absolute Bar & Grill on one night
-          Late check out of 1pm
-          Upgrade for the bride-to-be
-          15% off Vanilla Browns spa & hair salon
To view hen party packages follow the link or call 061 463600

          Activities – Limerick famously has the river Shannon running through the city and as a result there are some fantastic water sports to enjoy.  ‘Get West’ is the one stop shop for kayaking, zorbing, river tubing and if water is not your thing then there are plenty of land sports to choose from.
Top tips when you are taking part in activities:
-          Swimming togs
-          Old pair of runners
-          Sun cream (mmm?)
-          Warm clothes for afterwards
-          Plastic bag for wet clothes
-          Personal medication
-          Snacks & drink

          Nightlife – The Absolute Hotel is walking distance (even in heels) to some of the best pubs & clubs in Limerick. The famous Locke Bar is a great place to start with traditional music a plenty every night.  The famous Icon or (‘DIcon’ as it is known locally) is where you will find most of Limerick revellers ending up on a night out. Newly opened House is another popular night spot for Limerick natives.  The Absolute Hotel’s reservations team will be happy to direct you to the best place when booking a hen party package.

Call 061 463600 or email

Follow this link to view the hen party package