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 ...

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 ...

777

There’s been quite a buzz about 777 since it opened on George’s Street and I’d been really looking forward to eating there after reading their menu online. Such is its popularity that even though we booked nearly a month in advance we could still only get a table for 8.30 on a Saturday night; granted ...

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 ...

San Lorenzo’s

We were walking down George’s Street recently and noticed the vegetarian restaurant Juice had been replaced by a place called San Lorenzo’s. The menu on display in the window read very well and I decided to do a bit of research when I got home to see if it was worth a visit. It turns ...

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 ...

Pearl Brasserie 2

I found myself walking by Pearl Brasserie when I was in town doing some shopping and as I’d not eaten yet I decided to take the chance to have lunch there as I’d been meaning to visit for quite a while now. It seemed like I was the first customer of the day so getting ...