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 ...

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

We’ve eaten in lots of Dublin’s best restaurants but one place we hadn’t been to was Patrick Guilbaud’s on Merrion Street. The main reason for me was the price of the tasting menu, which is more expensive than the one we had at Gordon Ramsay’s Royal Hospital a few years back. When a menu costs ...

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal

Given the amount of publicity surrounding it at the time, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that Heston Blumenthal opened a new restaurant called Dinner in the opulent Mandarin Hotel last year. If you’re wondering why the official title seems a bit clunky there’s a good reason, apparently the hotel insisted on attaching Blumenthal’s name ...

Chapter One

It’s been around four or five years since I last ate in Chapter One and then it was to avail of their excellent pre-theatre deal which is still running even though many in their place would be tempted to get rid of it upon gaining a Michelin star. The food was excellent on that occasion ...

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 ...

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, ...