Pacino’s

I’d often walked past Pacino’s on Suffolk Street and dismissed it as yet another restaurant specialising in that strange Irish interpretation of Italian cuisine. It was only upon reading a review by Paolo Tullio last year that I realised I might have been too quick to judge: they have enlisted Luca Mazza, who, a few ...

The Pig’s Ear

The Pig’s Ear has quietly built its reputation as one of the city’s top restaurants, picking up a Bib Gourmand along the way, but it had been several years since we’d eaten there. I remember being impressed by the food and less impressed by being served some of it on slates, a trend in Dublin ...

Cleaver East

I guess I’m a bit late with this one given everyone was reviewing here three months ago but it can be good to check a place out once the hype has died down and see if they’ve remained consistent. Anyway, for the very few who don’t already know Cleaver East is one of the growing ...

Pitt Bros

In Dublin we’re always a few steps behind London (who, in turn, are generally only aping New York) when it comes to food trends so right on cue, 2012’s most popular ones, American barbeque and upmarket fast food for those not paying attention, have been appearing over the past year. Of course, there’s something dreadfully ...

Salamanca

Salamanca is a Dublin stalwart and although I’ve been a few times, it’s at least three or four years since I last ate there. This time my sister wanted to organise a family dinner to celebrate her graduation so we made a reservation for the nine of us. The Suffolk Street location is very central, ...

Rock Lobster

Over the past year I’ve become quite reticent to buy restaurant vouchers from sites like Groupon and the various copycats it has inspired. This is mainly due to a few bad experiences where we felt we received substandard service because we weren’t paying full price. I won’t name names because we didn’t make more of ...

Pichet

For some reason I still think of Pichet as a ‘new’ restaurant even though it’s been around for over four years now. We went quite a bit when they first opened but then came the infamous ban on children under the age of two after 6pm. Now, I would never think of bringing a small ...

Fade Street Social

As new openings go, Fade Street Social was one of the most hyped of the year and judging by how full it was when we arrived that hype hasn’t really died down very much. The atmosphere is buzzy, there’s pumping music playing – but not so loud you can’t have a conversation – and the ...

Bison Bar 8

I’m fairly sure Bison Bar is the first place in Ireland to provide anything resembling proper American BBQ and even my use of the the word ‘American’ glosses over the huge regional differences that exist between the various traditions, not only between states but within them too. I don’t claim to know very much about ...

W.J. Kavanaghs

I’m a big of L. Mulligan’s Grocer in Stoneybatter and when they opened a sister gastropub on Dorset Street I resolved to eat there as soon as I got the chance. That was over a year ago and it’s only now I’ve actually managed to get there. This is what happens when your wife is ...