"Five Star Dining Experience!"
We ate at Orchids for dinner during our recent visit to Ireland while staying at the Hayfield in Cork. We reserved the four-course prefix dinner when we booked the hotel and did get some discount with the advance booking as part of the hotel stay. First, let me say that the Hayfield Hotel is one of the finest hotels that we have stayed anywhere in the world (see my TA review)--exceptional facility and service. Orchids is no exception--the service was exceptional throughout our dinner. The food arrived promptly. Second, the restaurant flows from the hotel lobby, and has a very up-scale feel with understated elegance. Everything about the restaurant is five-star! Third, the food was outstanding. There were four us in our group--we all ordered the crab appetizer (which was fresh and an over-abundant portion--we like that with fresh crab!), and we all had the fresh halibut which was perfectly prepared and seasoned--it was the best fish entree we had while in Ireland! One in our party is gluten-free, and Orchids had multiple selections and options for her--I was very impressed! If you are looking for a special-occasion dinner or just a great dining experience, try Orchids--you will not be disappointed! I highly recommend and the Hayfield Hotel!