Restaurant Reviews

The dining room at Belleek Castle features crushed-velvet seat covers and a curving oak staircase straight out of a fairy-tale forest.

Mayo: Breaking the mould at Belleek Castle

The Restaurant, Belleek Castle,
Ballina, Co Mayo;
tel: 096-22400;
belleekcastle.com

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The Strasbourg Goose's pricing policy seems to have paid dividends but this forces its own limitations.

Cork: Strasbourg Goose

Strasbourg Goose,
17 French Church St,
Cork;
tel: 021-4279534

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The menu at Harte's Bar & Grill, Kildare, ticks all the boxes, offering a choice of five starters and eight mains.

Kildare: Harte's is a polished gastro pub

Harte’s Bar & Grill,
Market Square, Kildare;
tel: 045-533557;
www.hartesbar.ie

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Cork: Bathe in the calm light and muted sounds of Café Serendipity

Café Serendipity,
30 Palace View,
Western Road, Cork.
021 2410466,
serendipitycafe.ie

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Dining at the chef's table in the kitchen of Chapter One puts you right at the heart of Ross Lewis's award-winning kitchen.

Dublin: Chapter One, at the heart of Ross Lewis's kitchen

Chef’s Table, Chapter One,
19 Parnell Square N,
Dublin 1;
01-8732266;
www.chapteronerestaurant.com

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O'Donovan's is an off-site find, it has no website and relies on word of mouth.

Cork: Go east for a feast at O'Donovan's in Midleton

O’Donovan’s Restaurant,
58 Main St Midleton
Co. Cork,
021 4631255

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The Nando's phenomenon continues to grow and it has over a 1,000 restaurants worldwide, with eight in Ireland — seven in Dublin and one in Cork's Mahon Point centre.

Dublin: Nando’s

Nando’s, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin 16; www.nandosrestaurant.ie

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Food fashions may come and go, but Jim Edward's restaurant, in Kinsale, is a solid producer of fresh local produce.

Cork: Jim Edwards' Kinsale, always in food fashion

Jim Edwards’ Bar Restaurant,
Market Quay,
Kinsale, Co Cork;
tel: 021-4772541;
www.jimedwardskinsale.com

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The dining room at MacNean House & Restaurant: A high watermark in destination dining from the man who's often referred to as the Daniel O'Donnell of Irish food.

Cavan: MacNean House & Restaurant

MacNean House & Restaurant,
Blacklion, Co Cavan;
071-9853022;
www.macneanrestaurant.com

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Hassett's Restaurant, The Glen, Crosshaven is one of three outlets in county Cork, the others are in Carrigaline and the city's Adelaide St.

Cork: A place for society

Hassett’s Restaurant,
The Glen, Crosshaven,
Co Cork;
hassettsrestaurant.ie,
tel: 021-4833030

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Wicklow: Wild at heart

The Strawberry Tree, Brooklodge Hotel & Macreddin Village, Aughrim, Co Wicklow; 0402 36444; brooklodge.com

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DINING DELIGHT: The Tannery, Dungarvan, where service is immaculate, high professionalism leavened with easygoing warmth.

Waterford: The Tannery Restaurant has star quality

The Tannery Restaurant,
10 Quay Street, Dungarvan,
Co Waterford;
058-45420,
www.tannery.ie

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777, run by restaurateur John Farrell. One man's shabby-chic is another man's shabbiness — customers walk through the kitchen to get to the loos.

Dublin: Pablo Picante

4 Clarendon Market;
01-6334245; www.pablopicante.ie.
777: 7 South Great George’s Street;
01-4254052; www.777.ie.

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BRIGHT FUTURE: the Perry Street Market Café is a clean, light, wholesome space, in contrast to the premises' previous incarnations as a dusty furniture store, and a dingy nightclub.

Cork: Perry Street Market Café

Perry Street,
Cork;
tel: 021-4278776

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Hale and hearty at L Mulligan Grocer

L Mulligan Grocer, 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7;
Tel: 01-6709889;
lmulligangrocer.com

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Charlie Mac's in Fermoy delivers huge portions.

Cork: A meal to feast on in Charlie Macs

Charlie Macs,
20 McCurtain
St, Fermoy,
Co Cork,
025-31740

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Dining with an elegant Lady

Lady Helen Restaurant, Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny; 056-7773000; mountjuliet.ie.

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Cork: Christmas spirit in Greene's Restaurant

Greene’s Restaurant, MacCurtain St, Cork;
tel: 021-4552279;
www.greenesrestaurant.com

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Antrim: Ox serves up treats

Ox Belfast, 1 Oxford St, Belfast; +44 28 9031 4121; oxbelfast.com

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The Pepper Brasserie & Grill is situated in The Bram Stoker Hotel, Dublin Bay, where chef Peter Clifford is proving he's one to watch.

Dublin: Peppered perfection

Pepper Brasserie & Grill at The Bram Stoker Hotel,
225 Clontarf Rd, Dublin 3;
tel: 01-8532000;
peppergrill.ie

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Bistro One has survived for 22 years and is "cruising in its comfort zone".

Dublin: Bistro One is one of a kind

Bistro One,
Brighton Road, Foxrock, Dublin 18;
tel: 01-2897711;
www.bistro-one.ie

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