If you ever get to visit the beautiful village of Cong in Co. Mayo, Ireland, you should definitely pop in to the Hungry Monk cafe for some gastronomical delights. The cafe is owned and run by husband and wife duo Aisling and Jon, two of the nicest people I have ever met. To me the Hungry Monk is more of a bistro than a cafe, the food they serve isn’t your run of the mill cafe food and the prices are not over the top. Aisling and Jon pride themselves on using fresh, locally sourced produce, which I love to see and the way they present the food, it’s almost too good to eat!
I was really lucky to work just around the corner from the Hungry Monk and I became a regular over the past few years, popping in for ‘the usual’ hot chocolate and latte. Their menu is mainly meat based with one or two items meat free. The last meal I had there was a mouthwatering ‘crustini’ with spiced tomatoes, cheese and green pesto, and a side salad. I’m not a fan of tomatoes but they were just delicious spiced. Aisling always likes to put her own twist on things and it works every time.
Of course you can’t do lunch without dessert. Every morning you’ll find fresh scones, plain, fruit or lemon and poppy seed; buttery croissants; cupcakes; cheesecake, etc. Of course I’ve sampled my fair share of their scrumptious pastries and desserts. Check out the banana and walnut cupcake and this berry cheesecake.
Aisling and Jon do a wonderful job running the cafe and the girls, Louise, Thirza and Amy bend over backwards to give excellent customer service. If you have any dietary requirements, Aisling, Jon and the girls would only be too happy to assist you in whatever you may need. The cafe opens Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm from March until November. So if you’re ever in Cong during the summer season, pop in, say hi and sample some of their delicious food.