Restaurant Reviews

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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Restaurant review: The Salt Yard, Kilkenny

It’s a chilly St Patrick’s weekend in Kilkenny, and the medieval city is throbbing to the sound of uileann pipes, concertinas, tin whistles, bodhráns, and enough jigs’n’reels to whirl you to the end of time and back again.

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Restaurant review: Monk’s Lane, Cork

Timoleague, an ancient village overlooking the beautiful Argideen estuary, seems a challenged place on a still dark, early spring evening. 

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Restaurant review: Stanley’s, Dublin

One of the golden stretches for restaurants in Dublin is St Andrew’s St; minutes away from Grafton St, Stephen’s Green, and Temple Bar, it packs more really good restaurants into a very short length of cement than probably any other area of the city. 

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Restaurant review: Fenn’s Quay Restaurant, Cork

T’S nearly time to go rooting in the attic to find the green wig and the St Patrick’s cape and crozier, the plastic shillelagh and, if you’re of a certain generation and of an optimistic/desperate disposition, the kiss-me-quick-I’m-Irish hat.

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Restaurant review: La Pizzeria, Co Louth

Some chefs have reputations they don’t deserve; others definitely so.

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Restaurant review: Crawford Gallery Café, Cork

THERE are moments, just passing ones, but moments of real promise, at this time of the year when the hard, cobalt blue of the cold winter sky is softened by strands of viridian light, an energising, germinating light that promises that spring is coming on the next train; that the circle is indeed unbroken.

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Restaurant review: The Linden Tree, Co Kildare

THERE’S a brilliant scene in Woody Allen’s 1980 movie Stardust Memories where he is sitting in a stationary train carriage, his companions doleful — harried refugees straight out of a Diane Arbus photoshoot.

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Restaurant Review: Elbow Lane

ONE CONSEQUENCE of the global economic kerfuffle was the increased clamour for culinary comfort, nostalgia for food that evoked the safe haven of childhood, when all was right with the world.

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