Dax has been named "Best Restaurant in Dublin" at last night's Irish Restaurant Awards, with head chef Graham Neville also named best chef in Dublin and Ireland. Best restaurant in Ireland went to Loam in Galway.
The Old Spot were other big Dublin winners on the night, taking home gastropub of the year for Dublin and Ireland, with manager Denise McBrien picking up Best Restaurant Manger in Dublin.
Uno Mas were named Best Newcomer in Dublin, while 777 took home best casual dining in Dublin and Ireland - read what we thought of 777 here. 3 Leaves in Blackrock (below) were named "Best World Cuisine" for Dublin and Ireland, and you can read our 3 Leaves once over here.
Other winners included Green Man Wines for "Best Wine Experience" in Dublin and Ireland, Old Street in Malahide (below) for "Best Kids Size Me" Dublin and Ireland, and Luna for "Best Customer Service" in Dublin.
Two Pups took home "Best Café" in Dublin, with Urbanity in Smithfield winning "Best Free From" for their flexitarian menus. "Best Hotel Restaurant" went to The Saddle Room in The Shelbourne Hotel, and "Local Food Hero" went to Sean Hussey of Hussey Fruit and Veg (below), for his work getting Irish growers onto restaurant menus and into retail outlets like Avoca and Fallon & Byrne.
"Best Emerging Irish Cuisine" in Dublin went to Forest & Marcy on Leeson Street (below), "Best Seafood Experience" in Ireland went to Fish Shop on Benburb Street, and Michael's in Mount Merrion took home "Best Digital Marketing" in Ireland, for owner Gaz Smith's exuberant use of Twitter.
Doheny and Nesbitt, took home "Pub of the Year" for Dublin and Ireland, and you can see the full list of winners below.
Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants • All -Ireland - Loam Restaurant • Dublin – Dax Restaurant • Connaught – Loam Restaurant
• Leinster - Eastern Seaboard Bar & Grill • Munster - Wild Honey Inn • Ulster - OX
Best Chef – Sponsored by Nisbets • All -Ireland - Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant • Dublin – Graham Neville of Dax Restaurant • Connaught – Barry Ralph of House of Plates • Leinster - Deirdre Adamson of The Fatted Calf • Munster - Peter Everett of Everett's Restaurant • Ulster - Chris McGowan of Wine and Brine
Best Restaurant Manager – AIB Merchant Services • All -Ireland – Eva Ivanova of Sage Restaurant • Dublin – Denise McBrien of The Old Spot • Connaught – Eva Ivanova of Sage Restaurant • Leinster – Edwina Hynes of La Côte Seafood Restaurant • Munster – John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge • Ulster - Saul McConnell of NOBLE.
Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Jameson Caskmates • All -Ireland - Doheny and Nesbitt • Dublin – Doheny and Nesbitt • Connaught – V.J Doherty's • Leinster - Hamilton's Pub • Munster - Levis Corner House • Ulster – Coach House & Olde Bar
Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant – Sponsored by BWG Food Service • All -Ireland - Gregans Castle Hotel • Dublin - The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel • Connaught - West Restaurant at the Twelve Hotel • Leinster - Brabazon Restaurant at Tankardstown House • Munster - Gregans Castle Hotel • Ulster - Newforge House
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by mytaxi Hospitality • All -Ireland - Everett's Restaurant • Dublin – Uno Mas • Connaught – Passione by the Slice • Leinster – Lily's On Church Street • Munster – Everett's Restaurant • Ulster - Hara
Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Elavon • All -Ireland - The Old Spot • Dublin – The Old Spot • Connaught – Bar One • Leinster – The Ballymore Inn • Munster – Mikey Ryan’s Bar and Kitchen • Ulster - Clenaghans
Best Customer Service – Sponsored by Lockton • All -Ireland – The Muddlers Club • Dublin – Luna • Connaught – Park House Hotel • Leinster – LENNONS @ Visual • Munster – Ballyvolane House • Ulster – The Muddlers Club
Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by Just Eat • All -Ireland - 777 • Dublin – 777 • Connaught – HOOKED Sligo • Leinster – Truffles Restaurant and Wine Bar • Munster - Bodega • Ulster – The Olde Glen Bar, Restaurant and Tea Room
Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Gilbeys with Bibendum • All -Ireland - Green Man Wines • Dublin – Green Man Wines • Connaught – Le Petit Pois • Leinster – Barrows Keep • Munster - The Black Pig • Ulster - OX
Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by BWG Food Service • All -Ireland - Old Street Restaurant • Dublin – Old Street Restaurant • Connaught – Shells Seaside Bakery and Café • Leinster – Tiffin by Sunil • Munster – No. 9 Café • Ulster – Oak Room Restaurant
Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by HiUp powered by Olive Group • All -Ireland – 3 Leaves • Dublin – 3 Leaves • Connaught – Spice India • Leinster – Pink Salt Indian Restaurant
• Munster – Iyer's • Ulster – Tuk Tuk Asian Bistro
Best Café – Sponsored by Illy • All -Ireland - Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant • Dublin – Two Pups • Connaught – Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant • Leinster – Knockdrinna Farm Shop & Artisan Café • Munster – Good Day Deli • Ulster – Dinkin's Home Bakery & Café
Best Free From – Sponsored by Peroni Nastro Azzurro Gluten Free • All Ireland - GROW HQ • Dublin - Urbanity • Connaught - Drumanilra Farm Kitchen • Leinster - Zucchini's Restaurant • Munster - GROW HQ • Ulster - The Olde Post Inn
Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times • All -Ireland – Seán Hussey of Hussey & Sons Fruit & Veg • Dublin – Seán Hussey of Hussey & Sons Fruit & Veg
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios • All -Ireland - No. 35 Restaurant • Dublin – Forest & Marcy • Connaught – An Port Mór Restaurant • Leinster – Thyme Restaurant • Munster – No. 35 Restaurant • Ulster – Wine and Brine