Pho Viet

Ever since Ho Sen in Temple Bar closed down a few years ago there had been no exclusively Vietnamese restaurant in Dublin and, of the various pan-Asian offerings in the city, only Saba served the famous Vietnamese soup pho (Neon were selling something labelled as such but they’ve since, correctly, rebranded it as Thai Beef ...

Jamie’s Italian

I’d normally be very wary of dining in chain restaurants and although it seems like Jamie Oliver wants to do the right thing in his ventures I was still somewhat sceptical when we booked a table for my dad’s sixtieth birthday. There was a large group of us (sixteen in total) so we only had ...

M & L Chinese Restaurant

This is just a very short review of a quick lunch I had last week but which started on Twitter last month. That probably doesn’t make much sense so allow me to explain: I am quite thoroughly addicted to the combination of Sichuan peppercorns and chilli (known as málà in Chinese) and one of my ...

The Library

I was recently invited to a bloggers night at the new(ish) restaurant in Dandelion Bar on Stephen’s Green as they were revamping their menu and wanted to get some feedback. It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this and I know as a reader I’m always a bit wary when I read posts about ...

The Boathouse, Bangor 2

We were visiting friends in Belfast a few weeks ago and decided to take advantage of our trip to try a restaurant I’d read about in The Irish Times a few months ago. The place is run by two Dutch guys, Joery Castel who’s head chef and his brother Jasper who is front of house. ...

Terre Madre 2

I’ve been looking forward to trying Terre Madre having heard so many good things about it but it’s taken me far too long to actually get around to eating there. Luckily, I’d a day off work after the Bank Holiday in August so I took my chance and it was worth the wait. The restaurant ...

Bon Appetit 8

We’ve wanted to try Bon Appetit for a good while now and when I saw a voucher for €60 (at half price) on one of the groupon sites I decided to buy it and make a booking. We took a reservation at 9 o’clock on a Friday night and got the Dart out to Malahide ...

The Greenhouse

Ever since it was announced that Mickael Viljanen would be moving to Dublin to cook in The Greenhouse I’ve really been looking forward to eating his food again; the meal I’d had in his previous restaurant, Gregans, was outstanding and given the reviews I’d been reading of the new venture, I didn’t expect to be ...

The French Table, Limerick

French influences on the food served here in Ireland are pretty pervasive but it’s actually surprising how few restaurants are actually serving French cuisine as opposed to just using the techniques pioneered there. I can only think of three (L’Gueuleton, Chez Max, Les Frères Jacques) in Dublin so I was looking forward to dining somewhere ...

Brasserie One, Limerick

On our recent trip to Limerick we stayed in the fabulous No. 1 Pery Square Hotel and one of the deciding factors for staying there was that we’d heard good things about their restaurant, Brasserie One. We booked in for an early dinner at half six because we had our ten-month old son with us ...