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26 catherine st, limerick. CALL. (085) 215 3212

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simple things done well

Our aim from the start has been the same; simply great local ingredients and amazing irish and international coffee roasters. we started small in 2012 on Mallow St and move in 2017 to Catherine St




100 Best Restaurants Ireland 2014

100 Best Restaurants Ireland 2015

McKennas Guide 2013 to 2021

Best Casual Dining, Munster 2014 RAI

Best Digital Marketing 2015 RAI





nice people have said nice things about us :

John McKenna 

Tom Doorley

Pól Ó Conghaile

Joe McNamee 


  • breakfast bagel

  • french toast

  • aztecs porridge

  • porridge with super seeds & raspberries

  • amazing organic meatballs

  • pulled pork wrap

  • superfood burren smoked mackerel, pea & walnut

  • super slaw

  • smokey chilli chicken wrap

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the very best & locally

  • joe - riot rye

    sourdough baked in a brick oven Joe built himself and fueled with wood grown near-by. the most sustainable bread in the country and i think it the best

    sean - temple roe farm

    Sean Condon as been farming organically for 13 years and switched to once a day milking to ensure better quality milk and happier cows.
    His raw milk (unpasteurised) is amazing; available at the weekends

    crowe's - outdoor reared pork

    a truly family operation, the crowe’s make some of the best sausages and rashers in the country

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bits & pieces

  • zeen
    *OPEN CALL* canzeen (spring/summer 2022) we are creating a zeen  to bring together the artists and makers in canteen  and we are looking for artists and makers to contribute  ‘ART’


    fun, creative, caring environment
    i have spent more time with the canteen team during the pandemic than I have with family and friends, and this has reinforced and highlighted to me that my most


    impact 2021
    some extra downtime in the last year has given us more time to reflect on where we have come over the last 8 years, where we are at currently and


  • feeling lucky
    although this was an awful, awful year for so many people here and around the world; when I look back I just feel very lucky lucky that we were in


    basmati rice
    Battle of the basmati rice Basmati is a variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice that is traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. we selected four Tesco basmati, Dunnes Basmati, Uncle Bens,


    canteen tastes - cola
    Five cola’s selected  Barrs Cola  Tesco Classic  Pepsi  Aldi Vive Cola Coca Cola  here is what we thought #canteentastes  Barr Cola €1.17 2l   (since 1875 ! UK)  Very flat (carbonisation wise),