Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant review: La Cucina, Dublin 2

La Cucina opened in April and in recent weeks it has added Giorgio Casari as maitre d’ — former owner of the Unicorn on Merrion Row.

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Restaurant review: Star Anise, Cork city

Star Anise is an old-school classic with all the vim and vigour of the newest kid on the block.

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Restaurant review: The Saddle Room, Dublin 2

The Saddle Room at the Shelbourne Hotel is a steak and seafood restaurant with old-school classics like ham-hock terrine.

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Restaurant review: Budd's, Ballydehob, Co Cork

Budd’s restaurant has all the potential to become another West Cork institution. 

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Restaurant review: Old Town Chinese Restaurant, Dublin 1

The Old Town Chinese Restaurant in Dublin 1 is an authentic Sichuan Chinese restaurant serving large portions of tasty and very inexpensive regional food.

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Restaurant review: Good Things, Skibbereen, Cork

Carmel Somers’ new venture houses a welcoming café on the ground floor; upstairs, a cookery school by day hosts the nighttime restaurant. 

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Restaurant review: The Burren Storehouse, 'Kieran's Kitchen', Co Clare

The Burren Storehouse opened earlier this year. It is strictly a casual dining spot where the menu changes daily.

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Restaurant review: The Woodford, Cork

The Woodford could easily become what it should be, one of the city centres very best venues for meeting, eating and drinking.

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Restaurant review: The Idle Wall, Co Mayo

WESTPORT is one of those towns that everyone in Ireland has visited, and if they haven’t they are probably planning on doing so (and if this isn’t the case then they should get onto it right away).

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Restaurant review: The Café at Stephen Pearce Pottery Shanagarry, Co Cork

Some months ago, a great comrade, GB, steered me in the direction of what he promised was a mighty fine dining establishment indeed. 

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Restaurant review: Forest and Marcy, Dublin 4

I HAVE no anecdote for you this week, just another tale of a great meal and the best of all complaints — I now have to re-order my ever-expanding list of great places to eat. 

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Restaurant review: Sage, The Courtyard, Midleton, Co Cork

Sage is a select band of Irish restaurants determinedly questing for that elusive modern Irish cuisine in the manner prescribed by Redzepi. 

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Restaurant review: The Exchequer, Dublin 2

 

MEMORY is a strange thing. Stranger still is how our sense of smell is our most powerful memory trigger. 

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Restaurant review: Palmento

Palmento is a delightful and welcoming haven in Douglas.

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Restaurant review: Brioche Restaurant, Dublin 6

Brioche Restaurant, 51a Elmwood Avenue Lower, Ranelagh, Dublin 6; tel: 01-4979163

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Restaurant review: Feed Your Senses

Feed Your Senses (Alimenta Tus Sensidos)  

27 Washington St, Cork;

tel: 021-4274633

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Restaurant review: Boqueria, Dublin 7

 

This is exactly the place you should go to share some food and get some compassion into your system.

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Restaurant review: Twisted, Kinsale, Cork

The problem with being first out of the blocks in a long distance event, particularly when you set off at an impossibly blistering pace, is rivals will eventually catch up. 

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Restaurant review: Locks, Dublin 8

FOR some reason, Irish cities and towns rarely make the best use of their waterways, either ignoring them or turning their backs. 

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Restaurant review: Diva Boutique Café and Bakery, Ballinspittle, Co Cork

 

It is one of the finest lunches enjoyed in many a moon, particularly as we hadn’t anticipated such excellent fare. 

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Restaurant review: Gaillot and Gray, Dublin 2

 

THERE is no such thing as Italian food. This point was confirmed to me recently when an Italian friend handed me vacuum-packed cured sausages as a gift. 

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