Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant review: Iberian Way, Cork

SOMETIME around 1982 or maybe 1983, just after Felipe Gonzalez Marquez became Spain’s first socialist prime minister after Franco’s dictatorship ended, two of the venerable picadors of old Cork met on St Patrick’s Street. 

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Restaurant review: The Lime Kiln, Co Meath

You really have to wonder about what spurs on business people and associated creative types (that is, chefs who wish to make a true mark) to develop a new restaurant/gastropub without coming anywhere close to crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s.

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Restaurant review: The Wild Honey Inn, Co Clare

JUST as Muhammed Ali’s great physical beauty, charisma, intelligence and wit once helped to disguise a pitiless prize fighter determined to take the purse, the scale and magnificence of the Burren in Clare is so very breath-taking that sometimes you can’t see the wood from the trees.

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Restaurant Review: Terra Madre

You’ll be delighted to know (finally, perhaps) that there is method in whatever passes for madness these days.

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Restaurant review: Linnane’s Lobster Bar, Co Clare

Linnane’s Seafood Bar and Restaurant is located at New Quay in Clare and run by Eileen and Vincent Graham.

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Restaurant review: Osteria Lucio, Dublin 2

THE TILL receipt may have the name of the restaurant that previously resided here (Pizza e Porchetta), but that would seem to be the only example of a case of mistaken identity.

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Restaurant review: The Mews Restaurant, West Cork

The Mews Restaurant, Baltimore, West Cork

tel: 028-20572

www.mewsrestaurant.ie    

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Restaurant Review: Fisherman’s Pub, Co Galway

AS YOU enter the castle/hotel gates of Ballynahinch, and travel along its splendid lengthy drive, there is a sense that you will very shortly be overcome by grandiosity and an overbearing sense of self-importance. 

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Restaurant review: Dillon’s Restaurant, Co Cork

WE SOMETIMES end up in the strangest and most unexpected places for the silliest, unthinking, asleep-at-the-wheel blunders. 

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Restaurant review: d’Vine Restaurant, Co Louth

I KNOW what you’re thinking. You’re looking at the Tab details in the panel at the end of this review and wondering how in the name of Superman did three people get away with dinner and a bottle of wine for less than €50?

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Restaurant review: Bastion, Kinsale, Co Cork

SOME of us like words the way others like a perfectly chilled glass of Prosecco — on tap at Bastion, a novelty even in foodie heaven Kinsale. 

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Restaurant review: Avenue by Nick Munier, Dublin 2

SOME PEOPLE just want the glory and the kudos, and they have the ego for buckets of each. 

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Restaurant review: Annie’s Bar and Restaurant, Cork

DESPITE the dreadful impositions of the zeitgeist, the wretched panini has yet to usurp our national dish — the toasted special sandwich, the mid-day cousin of the breakfast roll — in the hearts of True Gaels.

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Restaurant review: Anocht Restaurant, Kilkenny

YOU would never think that in the space above the rather beautifully appointed Kilkenny Design Centre is a restaurant that has quite likely one of the longest floor plans in Ireland (it was, centuries ago, a series of grain stores for horses belonging to the Earl of Ormonde, which accounts for the length of the building).

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Restaurant review: Moran’s On The Weir, Co Galway

OUR attitude to eating oysters can be pretty similar to the treaty some of us sign — metaphorically at least — when steering our children through religious rites of passage. 

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Restaurant review: The Meeting House, Dublin

The first thing that hits you on entering the Meeting House Restaurant – which opened very quietly before the end of last year – is the noise.

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Restaurant review: Greene’s Restaurant, Cork

THERE’S a tense scene in the 1992 version of The Last of the Mohicans where a waterfall becomes a central if not dominant character for a few decisive scenes. A young Daniel-Day Lewis — bristling like a landmine with charisma, so smouldering and indefatigable that he makes Sunday nights’ Lazarus Poldark look like a pasty also-ran in an under-12 Feis competition — plays the rescuing angel Hawkeye.


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Restaurant review: Eden Bar & Grill, Dublin

LOOKS can be deceiving, that’s for sure. We have walked past Eden Bar & Grill so many times by this stage we have lost count.

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Restaurant Review: Blairscove House and Restaurant

THE entrance to a person’s home says a lot. It is often a scream from the inner Edvard Munch. 

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Michelin & back again

Oystercatcher Bistro,

The Square, Carlingford, Co Louth

042-9373989; theoystercatcher.ie    

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Restaurant Review: The West End House, Killarney

KILLARNEY has more hotel beds that any town of comparable size in Ireland. It also has, according to www.Hotels.com , the most expensive. 

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