Restaurants keep Michelin status

All of Ireland’s nine Michelin star restaurants have retained their status.

The recommended spots for fine dining are topped by Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, the only two-star establishment in the country.

The long line of others to bag the coveted accolade are Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel, Chapter One, and L’Ecrivain, all in Dublin City, plus the Bon Appetit in Malahide.

Kilkenny hosts two Michelin star restaurants — Campagne in Kilkenny City and the Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel.

Others are the House Restaurant at the Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Co Waterford, and Aniar Restaurant at Lower Dominic St in Galway City.

Michelin Guide editor Rebecca Burr said the latest edition highlights “the richness and variety of Ireland’s restaurant scene, ranging from country pubs to classic dining rooms”.

Michelin is regarded as the pinnacle of restaurant awards. Three stars means exceptional cuisine and is worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking and worth a detour, while one star denotes very good cooking in its category.

No Irish restaurant has ever got three stars.

Twelve restaurants have been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand including one new listing in Dublin.

The honour recognises establishments that offer good food at affordable prices — €40 or less for a three-course meal.

New to the list is Etto on Merrion Row while the others to retain their status from earlier years include Deasy’s in Clonakilty, Co Cork, Chart House in Dingle, Co Kerry, and Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.

Inspections were carried out over the course of several months without prior knowledge.

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