Jola’s is the brainchild – and possibly love-child – of Jola Wojtowicz, a Polish lady who mixes the European influences of her homeland with locally sourced Irish ingredients. The menu brings together a mix of Irish, European and of course a hint of Polish and her love for great food is obvious. The wine list too is well chosen and good value too, having over half a dozen wines priced below €20.
There is an early bird menu available each evening offering three courses for €24.95. The main A la Carte offers good value as well, and starters include Sauté Tiger Prawns with Chilli, Garlic and Coriander, Pierogi – Home made Pastry filled with Clonakilty Black Pudding, served with Crispy Bacon and Pear Puree or Terrine of Duck Confit, Foie Gras and Ham Hock with Caramelised Onions & pickled Red Cabbage. Most of the starters are priced under a tenner, and the homemade soup is only €5.
The main courses show the Mo-Po influence – that’s modern Polish to you and me – and you can choose from Grilled Fillets of Sea Bass with Pink Peppercorn and Citrusy Dressing, Irish Seasonal Green Beans, Breast of Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham, filled with Parmesan Cheese, served with Rocket Mash and Pepper Sauce or Filo Pastry filled with Barley, Black Olives, Red Peppers, Walnuts & Feta Cheese, served with Fresh Tomato & Basil Sauce.
On our visit I had the potato pancake with Irish smoked salmon and dill sour cream to start. This was an unusual and well made starter but for main course I had the beef roll stuffed with smoked bacon, onions and gherkins, served with rocket mash. I have never eaten beef done like this before but would go back again and again for it. To end this great meal I had the white chocolate mousse with Môn cherry.
If you are thinking of going to Kinsale for a night, Jola’s is definitely worth a visit for great food, style and a hint of class. That’s before you even tackle the Jola’s vodka menu with over 24 types to choose from, which would make for a great place to kick off a party night.