9 Aug 2020

It seems that even mid-pandemic the critics can't resist a new opening, with three out of seven reviews this weekend of places brand new to the social distancing scene. In the Irish Times Corinna Hardgrave is first in the door of Kerala Kitchen's second outpost in Ston...

2 Aug 2020

In the Sunday Times this week Niall Toner is telling it like it is after a visit to new "art diner" Dig In, and major respect for not using this pandemic of ours as an excuse to gloss over the meal's less than perfect elements. It's the first bit of negative commentary...

26 Jul 2020

Welcome to a new and slightly condensed version of the critics' reviews. Our last one was back in March, before the world as we knew it was turned on its head, and within days there was nothing to review as everywhere had shut. The reopening has been slow and, for many...

3 Jun 2020

Host's reinvention as a grocery may have been born out of necessity, but it has meant we've been able to have pumpkin cappelletti pretty much weekly, and we're very grateful for this fact. They stock an extensive selection of their own dishes to cook at home, plus Ital...

10 Mar 2020

As part of our research in to where to eat the best pancakes on Pancake Tuesday, I took one for the team and headed to Laine My Love for their salted caramel and Nutella special. They were really good, and the only problem is having to wait a year for the next opportun...

8 Mar 2020

In the Irish Examiner this week Leslie Williams is first in with his take on Amy Austin, the new wine bar from John Farrell (777, Dillinger's, formerly Luna), with 777's Essa Fakhry in the kitchen. He doesn't touch on the somewhat controversial closing of Luna (will be...

1 Mar 2020

It's a double whammy this week for new opening Kitchen 85 on Marlborough Street, who've managed to bag reviews in the Irish Times and the Irish Independent, both predominantly in praise of the Cantonese restaurant from the same owners as M&L Chinese around the corner....

25 Feb 2020

Brunch at Alma is always a winner, especially if you can get there early and beat the queues. The Choripan Argento (Argentine chorizo on sourdough with aioli, chimichurri, salsa criolla, fried eggs,onions, and sriracha) was packed with flavour. Let’s face it though, w...

23 Feb 2020

In the Irish Independent this week (which now has a paywall btw so no more free restaurant review content unless you hand over your credit card details), Katy McGuinness *finally* has a good vegan experience at Glas on Chatham Street. This is off the back of giving Bea...

16 Feb 2020

In this weekend's Irish Independent Katy McGuinness is paddy last into Allta, but the team are going out on a high as she says their scallop dish will have the Michelin inspectors excited. There's lots to be complimented, including the "perfect-height and super-comfort...

11 Feb 2020

After this feature last week we went on the hunt for blood orange, and found success at Velvet Café in Portmarnock with this gorgeous blood orange frangipane with the most perfect, buttery pastry - Lisa

Another incredible dinner at Allta. Revisited a few favourites inc...

9 Feb 2020

A very good weekend for Sprezzatura, who have two critics singing their pasta praises. In the Irish Times Catherine Cleary says they're serving food made from scratch "well and cheerfully", while "making it look easy". Their sustainability stance with no paper, drinks...

2 Feb 2020

In the Irish Times this week Catherine Cleary finally gets to Liath, and says "it puts the fun in fine dining". She brilliantly describes entering the tiny space in the deathly quiet of Blackrock market midweek as "like opening the small double door on a post-apocalypt...

28 Jan 2020

Brunch at Two Pups always feels like you’re very far away from Dublin, in a really good way.  French toast with orange and ginger labneh, speculoos crumb, and caramel was very tasty but more on the cakey side due to the thickness of the brioche. Finished off with a sl...

26 Jan 2020

It's all about the new this week, from Dublin to Cork, and New Orleans to Sichuan province, but as usual, some were more successful than others...

In the Irish Times Catherine Clearly was wild about everything at Allta except what she perceived to be the misleading name...

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