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...

19 Jan 2020

In this weekend's Sunday Independent, Lucinda O'Sullivan ponders whether Niall Davidson's new wine bar Allta is "too cool", saying she felt "a tad uncomfortable" there. It all got off to a rocky start when they couldn't source an unopened bottle of water for her (they...

14 Jan 2020

A pretty disappointing week for food, so thankful for this beautiful plate of Annagassan smoked salmon and Clogherhead crab at Dax for the launch of this year's Irish Restaurant Awards. As lovely to eat as it was to look at - Lisa.

A low point came in the form of the pi...

12 Jan 2020

Some timely reviews this week, with two critics upping the veg post-Christmas, and another celebrating Chinese New Year. No such dietary restrictions with the others, although Niall Toner probably wishes there had been, then maybe he could have avoided this week's "mes...

5 Jan 2020

The first restaurant reviews of 2020 and it's all kicked off over barbecued meat and a stark difference of opinions. In the Irish Times it's been a very disappointing weekend for Mister S as Catherine Cleary pummels them, saying "the menu reads well but eats blandly to...

15 Dec 2019

In the Irish Times this week Catherine Cleary ventured into the great unknown (Artane) and made a genuine, PR-free discovery, but she doesn't think the locals are going to thank her for spreading the good word about Pakistani/Eastern restaurant Taza. The 'Molly-Ma...

10 Dec 2019

Back to Allta to be rewarded with this new dish of hand-dived scallops, gooseberry beurre blanc and hazelnuts. It's officially over for all other scallops. Read our full Allta once over here - Lisa.

A group trip to Sprezzatura proved to be the ideal place for a gang - q...

8 Dec 2019

It's all about Allta this week, with three reviews dedicated to the crab bigoli and Gubbeen cappelleti, and varying degrees of impressed-ness... (Look out for our Allta once over in this Tuesday's mail out).

In the Irish Daily Mail Tom Doorley was officially first in wi...

1 Dec 2019

In the Irish Independent this week it's fair to say Katy McGuinness was less than impressed with Spitalfields in The Coombe, criticising the temperature as well as the food - "The woman at the next table wears her coat throughout her meal" - and you can feel the fury w...

26 Nov 2019

Last week involved a lot of amazing things in Aimsir, Kildarespread across 18 courses with drinks pairings. Highlights (the whole thing was a life highlight) included a Killary Fjord oyster gently poached in roasted koji butter and apple balsamic to give it a nutty t...

24 Nov 2019

In this week's Irish Independent Katy McGuinness got momentarily trapped in Bullet Duck and Dumplings on Mary Street Little when the door jammed shut, and spends most of the review reminiscing about a time the same thing happened during floods in Galway. The food gets...

17 Nov 2019

Wondering how to get a foot firmly on the Dublin food map? Get yourself a visit from an international pop icon. We bet Blackrock Indian Ruchii couldn't believe their luck when Cher decided to climb the stairs to their dining room above a pub two weeks ago (an...

10 Nov 2019

This week's reviews are a pretty good illustration of the general divide between the capital and everywhere else right now, with Dublin operating on the frisson of fresh pasta, French small plates and temples to tea and cakes, and everywhere else having a sole focus on...

3 Nov 2019

All Dublin again this week, bar a trip to Lough Erne (*sits back and waits for capital-induced outrage to ensue*), and some happy, medium happy, and ever so slightly ripped-off feeling reviewers doing the rounds.

In the Irish Daily Mail Tom Doorley is first in with his...

29 Oct 2019

All the cheese and all the meat at a charity event in Loam, Galway, after a spell-binding day one of Food on the Edge (if you work with food or just consider it a very important part of your life and you're not at this every year what are you doing!) The meat and chees...

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