Coppinger Row

We have been trying to get to Coppinger Row for several months now and it isn’t made any easier by their no reservation policy but finally on our fourth attempt we managed to grab a table late on a Sunday evening (they serve up until 9pm). I’ve been a big fan of the head chef ...

Gregans

Gregans
There’s been a lot of hype around Gregans Castle and head chef Mickael Viljanen and that will probably only increase now he has won the Best Chef in Ireland award at the Irish Restaurant Awards a few weeks ago. Myself and my wife recently made the trip down to Ballyvaughan after booking into the hotel ...

Wild Honey Inn

We made a trip down to Co. Clare recently for a weekend stay in Gregan’s Castle to take the opportunity to taste the much discussed food of head chef Mickael Viljanen in the hotel restaurant but as we were booked in for dinner on Saturday it meant we had to find somewhere to eat on ...

Faoi Thalamh

A friend of mine is editor for the magazine Hospitality Ireland and recently got an invite to an event being run by Thorntons sous chef Gary Bell which was sort of a cross between a supper club and popup restaurant; knowing how big a fan I am of the restaurant (it’s my favourite place in ...

One Pico

One Pico has been recommended to me by several friends but for some reason I’ve never managed to make it in to eat there. I found myself on the website a few weeks ago and noticed they were doing an excellent Sunday lunch deal of three courses for €29; I decided to ring up to ...

The Cedar Tree

We were meeting friends for dinner last Saturday night and having planned to go to Coppinger Row we decided to head in early because they don’t take reservations but even at seven o’clock there were no free tables for the next hour and a half so we were forced to change plans. We first tried ...

L’Enclume

The Lake District would probably not be somewhere you would associate with cutting edge cuisine but since 2003 it’s been home to L’Enclume, one the UK’s most innovative places to eat. They also provide rooms for guests to stay in and do a special couple’s deal that includes accommodation, a bottle of champagne on arrival, ...

Camden Kitchen

Camden Kitchen
When Camden Kitchen opened last April, it would have been quite easy to be cynical and dismiss it as yet another formulaic addition to the glut of mid-price bistros appearing in Dublin over the past two years. However, I realised how unfair this would have been when I dined there during August: in particular, a ...

Osteria Il Baccaro

Osteria Il Baccaro
Osteria Il Baccaro is a restaurant in Meetinghouse Square in Temple Bar I often pass but very rarely eat in. In fact, the only meal I’ve ever had there was over five years ago; take that as more of a reflection on the location rather than the quality of the cooking because it is hidden ...