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Saturday, 12th of May 2018

Start time

4:15 AM


Phoenix Restaurant, Maynooth University North Campus - beside Maynooth Students' Union

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Shoda open form 4.45am

Reviewed by Georgina Campbell

The brainchild of two Shannon Hotel Management graduates, Ted Robinson and Daniel McLoughlin, the emphasis at Shoda Market Café is on good quality wholesome food, artisan coffee and a unique wine offering.
Seats 120. Open Mon-Sun, 8am-6pm, also D Fri & Sat. Shop. Private parties; outside catering. MasterCard, Visa.

Situated beside the main entrance to Glenroyal Hotel but independently operated, Shoda Market Café was opened in 2016 by two Shannon Hotel Management graduates, Ted Robinson and Daniel McLoughlin, and is proving a great addition to Maynooth hospitality.

An attractive exterior in soft greens draws customers in to an atmospheric cafe with natural light provided by full height windows along one wall that, conveniently, overlook a laneway leading to the railway station. The decor is warmly rustic with few rural artefacts, including an old milk churn, dotted around. Bare brickwork arches house promising racks of wine and there are lovely big pendant lamps hanging down from the ceiling to light the tempting food displays and chunky wooden tables. It all gives out welcoming signals - as do the aromas of just-brewed coffee (roasted and blended exclusively for Shoda) and freshly baked breads...

The menu is not extensive: there is something for everyone - and special dietary requirements are willingly met - but the message is simple and wholesome.

Tasty light meals such as baked potatoes or quiche come with three salads of your choice; hot daytime main dishes may include Spanish lamb and chorizo casserole served with couscous or perhaps a beef goulash. There are daily specials too, though - typically roast loin of bacon with sausage stuffing, and perhaps chicken jalfrezi. On Friday and Saturday evenings they also open for dinner, which allows Chef Dmitrijs Nikitins and the team to flex their culinary muscles a bit more, offering a short menu of mainly Mediterranean influenced dishes that are very fairly priced.

But, although (as proclaimed on their outside wall) 'it's all about the taste' at Shoda, that doesn't necessarily mean food: it's just as much about the drinks. Not only do they have a bespoke range of coffees, for example - including the usual espresso and Americano, of course, alongside speciality options and guest coffees - and a menu of traditional and herbal teas, but they even have their own exclusive wine range, La Madura, which is supplied by a small family vineyard in the Saint-Chenin region and imported directly by Shoda for their house wines.

Food, coffee, wine and service all bear the hallmarks of a team determined to do something special in a simple way - and Shoda is clearly living well up to the expectations of the many happy customers who regularly beat a path to the door.

Open daily from 8am to 6pm be sure to take a trip inside the doors of Shoda Market Café and sample the menu for yourself as we guarantee you won’t be disappointed.


579b7d50bf8f5f7577000d72This week see’s the newest eatery in Maynooth open its doors as the Glenroyal Hotel have now added a 120 seater café to its growing repertoire where you can enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch along with a specially selected bottle of wine.

Currently open for breakfast and lunch you can now enjoy a healthy alternative to your meals in the comfortable and stylish setting of the Shoda Market Café. Located to the right of the Hotel the space has been transformed to provide a relaxed contemporary theme which is bright, spacious and very welcoming.

Serving breakfast from 8am you can enjoy a classic range of options including eggs benedict and fruit salad bowl to smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and more. Lunch time starts from 11:45am and is another great time to make a visit as you can choose from a wide selection of options from freshly made soup, superfood salads, and hot dishes. Freshly made to order the selection available is continually growing from their trained chefs to provide you with the best quality meal at a cost effective price.

Setting Shoda apart from other cafés is their exclusive range of tea, coffee and wines. You can enjoy their specially crafted artisan blend of coffee while relaxing in the café or have it to-go if you are on the move. The carefully blended grounds captures the flavours of a variety of beans together in one cup to keep you supercharged for the day. They also have a specially selected range of teas which are locally produced and will go down a treat alongside your meal or their homemade treats.

One of the exciting features of the café is their exclusive selection of wines which they have hand chosen (and carefully tested) from the vast wine regions across Europe and afar. Enjoy a glass of wine at lunchtime alongside your meal or purchase a bottle to take home and enjoy, with advice on hand to help you select the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

Only recently opened there is still a lot more to come from Shoda Market Café with plans to cater as the go-to destination for your evening meal and also to serve you from their very own bakery where you can enjoy freshly baked specialty breads and more.