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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

The Millstone

I first went to the The Millstone about four or five years ago and for some reason have never managed to get back even though the meal I had there that day was very enjoyable. We booked our table for 8.00pm and when we arrived the restaurant was almost completely full; the waiter showed us ...

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 ...

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 ...