Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant review: The Food Depot Gourmet Street Kitchen, Cork

All over the world, some of the most wonderful dining experiences are to be had from street vendors. 

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Restaurant review: Cavern Wine Bar, Dublin 4

THERE’S a question I get asked a lot — which is more important to you, food or wine?

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Restaurant review: Holy Smoke, Cork

Holy Smoke is the latest such venture, with talented young Kerry chef John Relihan, formerly head chef of Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa restaurant in London, at the helm.

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Restaurant review: Osteria Lucio, Dublin 2

FEW of us eat out for purely sustenance reasons. These days, we do so for pleasure. 

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Restaurant review: Loam, Galway

First, a caveat, for this is one of the most ‘rigorous’ reviews I shall ever submit, having worked in the kitchens of Loam for two days prior to dining. 

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Restaurant review: Pickle's, Dublin 2

In this centenary year, I’ve found myself thinking about British colonialism and whether there is anything good to be said about it. 

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Restaurant review: Les Gourmandises, Cork

Outside of Dublin, it is a while since I’ve ‘worked’ so hard for a Friday night restaurant booking.

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Restaurant review: Klaw, Dublin 1

 

AS you probably know by now we live on a small island with an abundance of high quality seafood, almost all of which we send to France. I blame the church and Paxo.

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Restaurant review: Ali's Kitchen, Cork

As restaurants are to my belly, so bookshops are to my brain, I love both equally and there are even times when one will do the job of the other. 

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Restaurant review: Aniar, Co Galway

I’VE got to come clean, I did not expect to enjoy this meal — boy was I wrong. 

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Restaurant review: Canteen, Co Limerick

Down through the years, whether at home or abroad, I have always taken the ‘local temperature’, in a manner of speaking, by making a trip to a native barber.

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Restaurant review: Pearl Brasserie

THE art of lunch has taken a serious battering in recent years. Lunch was ‘for wimps’ we were told in the 1980s but nobody ever believed that, and when I began working in Dublin in the 1990s it was high quality lunches that made me excited about restaurants.

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Restaurant review: UpDown BBQ Grill Restaurant

Perhaps it was last year’s broaching of the summit, hitting 50 and then the subsequent vertiginous tumble down the far slopes and into the ‘Valley of Dotage’ or maybe it was the recent passings of Bowie and Wogan, two great if very differing iconoclasts of a long-gone youthful landscape, but this reviewer appears to have taken rather a nostalgic turn of late.

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Restaurant review: Bastible, Dublin 8

Bastible, 111 South Circular Road, Dublin 8; tel: 01-4737409; www.bastible.com 

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Restaurant review: Bad Boys BBQ and The White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, Cork

Bad Boys BBQ and The White Rabbit Bar & BBQ, 30 MacCurtain St, Cork, 021 4503706, www.badboysbbq.ie 

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Restaurant review: Featherblade, Dublin

Featherblade, 51b Dawson Street, Dublin 1, 01-6798814, book@featherblade.ie 

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Restaurant review: The Parlour Cafe, Cork

The Parlour Cafe, 51 Cornmarket Street, Cork, (021) 4279287. www.parlourcafe.ie 

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Restaurant review: Fish Shop, Dublin

Fish Shop, 6 Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Tel: 01 4308594

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Restaurant review: Idá’s, Dingle

Idá’s, John Street, Dingle; 066 915 0885, www.facebook.com/IdasRestaurant 

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Restaurant review: Well-bread city dining at Etto in Dublin

“WHO’S getting the bread?” I once sat in the kitchen of a house in the French Mediterranean city of Montpellier and heard this question asked four times in the space of an hour by different members of the same family.

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Restaurant review: Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway

Kai Café & Restaurant, 20, Sea Road, Galway; Tel: 091-526003, kaicaferestaurant.com; Instagram: @Kai_Galway

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