This is going to be our go-to spot for lunch this summer.
A brand new Palestinian eatery has popped up on George’s Quay, with a menu jam packed with vibrant dishes.
Izz Cafe is well known among regulars at Cork’s farmer’s markets, where owners Izz and Iman have long had a popular stall, but this is the first bricks-and-mortar endeavour for the Palestinian pair.
The perfect addition to the street (they’re right next door to Casanova Gelato and a stone’s throw from Filter), the café has already had a visit from both Darina Allen, who cut the ribbon at the official launch.
Rachel Allen and James Kavanagh dropped in for lunch with friends last week too and Cork’s foodiest foodies have been buying up the entire menu.
Honestly – a spoon of their tabbouleh elevates any leftover sandwich to gourmet levels.
Vegans are raving about the freshly baked spinach manousheh and you can choose your favourite fresh salads, labneh and babaganoush from the deli to indulge in some serious flatbread dipping.
Hummus is served in traditional style; spread with olive oil and sprinkled in sumac, but if you’re hungry, you can’t beat the man’ooshet falafel – a folded 11-inch falafel pizza that will keep you going all day.
Pro tip: Leave room for dessert and a mint tea or get a takeaway snack for later too.
Their cinnamon rolls, warbat (a sweet, crunchy pastry filled with custard) and chocolate caramel cake are already legendary.
Follow Izz Cafe on Facebook here or drop in from 10am to 7pm.