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Top Stories

Atul Kochhar
Twice Michelin Starred Chef Atul Kochhar on Thinking Outside the Spice Box

Interviews

It's no exaggeration to state that twice Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. As the very first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, accomplished during his tenure as Head Chef at Tamarind in 2001, the Indian born, British based chef, restaurateur and television pers...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Mount Juliet
Enjoy a Luxury Break for two at Mount Juliet Estate with Michelin Star 7 course tasting menu for €310

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Mount Juliet Estate was a family home until 1989 and remains one of Ireland’s finest country houses, as well as being Co. Kilkenny’s premier luxury address. A stay at Mount Juliet is a truly unique experience, voted one of the top 20 Resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler.   Only 20 minutes from Kilkenny, one hour from...

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Restaurant Reviews

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Dublin's Most Innovative Tapas Come to Howth - Boqueria Howth Review

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Good tapas venues are not something you will find in abundance in Dublin, with the exception of one or two go to Spanish hotspots. Even at that most are more classical of what you would expect to find in an authentic joint in Barcelona rather than one that is pushing the small plate boundaries. With one exception, from an inventive chef by the name of ...

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A Chef Creating Quite the Stir in the Suburbs - The 1780 Restaurant at Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links Review

Reviews

It’s fair to say not a lot of good has come from the financial juggernaut that is NAMA, with many distressed properties being swallowed up by the big boys and others left to fall into disrepair. That said the Irish Hotel industry has been one of its main beneficiaries. Many large, well known premises have been snapped up by international investors kee...

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A Vibrant Restaurant that Refuses to Blend in - Chameleon Restaurant Review

Reviews

There's little that would tempt me into Temple Bar on a Saturday night. As charming as the cobbled streets are, the thought of mobs of tourists and leering stag parties tend to steer me away from the area; bar a couple of exceptions, of which Chameleon restaurant is one. So, once again I found myself as the sun set over the city cent...

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Fish Shack
Making Waves in Malahide - Fish Shack Café Review

Reviews

With a restaurant in Sandycove, Temple Bar, and now Malahide, Fish Shack Café is certainly making a splash throughout Dublin. Aware of its glowing reputation, I was more than happy to review its most recent home in the coastal town of Malahide, as having lived in Malahide for the past 26 years (my whole life!), I am always astonished by the lack of sea...

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Some Like it Hot - Baan Thai Ballsbridge Review

Reviews

Storm Doris was rolling into town. Rather than enduring the trek to the shop in gale force winds, risking being blown into the Liffey, holing up in a cosy restaurant for some warming food seemed like a far safer bet. Add to this a latent cold and my body was crying out for over the top flavour, medicinal ginger and spice that could reignite my fatigued ...

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A Sunday Well Spent Brings a Week of Content - Cocu Brunch Review

Reviews

The health food buzz clearly isn't waning in February, I discovered on a recent trip to a favourite haunt of mine, Cocu on Chatham Street. While many may have come here first on their January health kick, they appear to be flocking back in their droves. On a Sunday afternoon I am lucky to grab a table in the packed eatery to get in out of a dreary Dubli...

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Disneyland for Chocoholics - L'Art Du Chocolat Review

Reviews

There are somedays when a career in teaching seems like a much better option than food writing - mid term break is a perfect case in point. That time of year when every parent ponders how to keep the little angels occupied for a week. We had this struggle last week and by Friday, parks, cinema, swimming and Jump Zone had all been exhausted before the ...

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Deliciously Dela - Extraordinarily Fresh and Wholesome - Dela Restaurant Review
Deliciously Dela - Extraordinarily Fresh and Wholesome - Dela Restaurant Review

Reviews

It was one of those very Galway nights: sideways rain with an unmerciful wind that seems to blow into every crevice of even the most dutiful winter coat. We scurried down Dominic street and pulled open the door of Dela Restaurant. We shook off the last raindrops and hung up our coats, finall...

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Afternoon Tea Review

A Fantastic Voyage of Indulgence - Lemuel's Afternoon Tea Review (2)
A Voyage of Wonders and Indulgence - Lemuel's Afternoon Tea Review

Afternoon Tea

The recent relaunch party of the Conrad Hotel caused quite a stir with breath-taking performances from “Cirque du Soleil” style acrobats, Fidget Feet, who entertained both guests and passersby with an aerial circus (yes they abseiled down the front of the hotel!).  The relaunch of this well-known hotel was both innovative and exciting and the perfe...

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Wine

Love it or Hate It Wines: Try the Marmite of the Wine World
Love it or Hate It Wines: Try the Marmite of the Wine World

Drinks

"I don't really like Champagne"... said no one ever. There are a few exceptional wines that most of us love to love, and  some abhorrent bottles drunk solely by those whose only aim is to score the highest % ABV for the lowest . But in the ocean that separates those two extremes, there are many bottles that we tend to describe wit...

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Interviews

Nicky Logue InterContinental
"For me, it’s a vocation" - Interview with Nicky Logue, General Manager at the InterContinental Dublin

Interviews

Although just minutes away from Dublin city centre, surrounded by the embassies and ivy-covered homes of Ballsbridge the InterContinental Dublin is a tranquil luxury hotel destination for travellers to the city, and locals too - like those in the lobby lounge on the day I visit; catching up with friends over tea and cake, or conducting ...

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Taste Reader Offers

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Exclusive Dylan McGrath Dining Experience – Enjoy a VIP dinner in Rustic Stone with 4 Courses for 2 people with Bottle of Wine plus 2 Cocktails only €80

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We are very excited about this Rustic Stone readers offer, working with Dylan we have created a unique taste menu, packed with some new delicious dishes. For only €80 this will be a great night out where you will enjoy 4 course for 2 people with a bottle of wine plus 2 cocktails served in the bar before or after your meal. This voucher is valid from n...

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Afternoon Tea Laduree Dublin | Afternoon Tea for 2 glass of bubbles €45
Delight in a Luxury Afternoon Tea for 2 people at Ladurée Dublin with a glass of bubbles for only €45

Afternoon Tea

From the landmark building on the corner of South William Street and Exchequer Street, Ladurée brings the full Parisian tearooms experience to Ireland, and now you can treat yourself to a true taste of Paris with an Afternoon Tea at the famous maison de macaron.   Tantalise your taste buds with a luxury selection of pastries, slices of cake,...

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Competitions

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Win A Two Night Escape for 2 to Dromquinna Manor with Dinner at The Boat House Bistro

Competitions

Surrounded by the natural habitat of hardwood trees and indigenous shrubs, Luxury Camping at Dromquinna Manor is imbued with nature and luxury and makes for an unforgettable getaway. The stunning waterside estate just outside Kenmare in County Kerry, is set on 40 acres of parkland and offers an abundance of activities and facilities. A great family expe...

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Travel

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LA Food and Drink Travel Guide

Travel

LA, city of angels or city of cars…. Yes it’s sprawling, yes it’s dirty but boy oh boy does it have a lot to offer! From Food Truck Friday nights to markets full of good things there is so much to see, do and taste in LA. Downtown LA is buzzing with shops like Poketo as well as the best place to get a German sausage but don’t be blinded by fa...

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More News & Reviews

Irish Cuisine Feat
A Delicious Taste of Ireland - Best Restaurants for Contemporary Irish Cuisine

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Irish food often gets a bad rap, with many visitors expecting to find stodgy, unrefined dishes when seeking out authentic Irish cuisine. Now more than ever, the landscape of Irish cuisine is evolving, with many ground-breaking chefs embracing the stunning produce the island has to offer and presenting it in innovative and inventive ways. Classics are...

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10 Essential Ingredients of Thai Cooking with Saba's Executive Chef Taweesak 'Tao'

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With the Thai New Year approaching on the 13th – 15th of April this year, I would like to give you an insight 10 essential ingredients of Thai cooking that every kitchen cupboard should have to cook delicious Thai food. These are the same ingredients I explain to our students during our Saba Cookery Class, which we run twice a mont...

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10 Essential Ingredients of Thai Cooking with Saba's Executive Chef Taweesak 'Tao'
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Exclusive Beans and Pastry Perfection - Granthams Review

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Opened this January, Granthams in Aungier Street is a truly delicious addition to Dublin's coffee scene. With the award-winning barista Dave Regan in charge, you know this coffee house will pack a wallop with their attention to coffee and delish food. During my first visit, I had a chance to meet a few other members of the team: Austin Quinlan and Antho...

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20 Food Instagram Accounts Every Food Lover Should Follow

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Swooning over pictures of cute babies holding kittens, getting inspiration from muscle bound trainers and bendy yogis, and following the antics of the Kardashians are what some people use Instagram for - but for food lovers it's tableau of edible delights and food photography. But if you are sick of food Instagram accounts saturated with ice cream co...

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Best Food Instagram Accounts
A Taste Of The Best - Top 15 Early Bird Menus in Dublin
A Taste of the Best - Top 15 Early Bird Menus in Dublin

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Whatever our taste buds, be it fine dining, or traditional bacon and cabbage, there is no doubting, but that we all love to eat. Throw a bargain in to the mix, and these same taste buds go in to overdrive. For a food lover like myself, I love nothing more than a restaurant that exudes ambiance. Coupled with crisp white table cloths, and top notch servic...

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Wine-Loving Moms: Find the Perfect Wines to Match her Style

Drinks

Perhaps when you were five, you could get away with making a pasta necklace, signing a handmade card with a crayon and calling that a perfect Mother's Day present, but as an adult, you want to come up with a gift that she deems worthy of sticking in the fridge, you better get her a good bottle of wine. But how to choose the ideal Mother's Day Wines? ...

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Mother's Day Wines | Wine Moms: The Perfect Wines to Match her Style
Business with Pleasure: 10 of the Best Restaurants for a Smart Business Lunch in Dublin [March Edition]
Business with Pleasure: 10 of the Best Restaurants for a Smart Business Lunch in Dublin

Features

Choosing the perfect venue for a business lunch can lead to a life-changing handshake. While great food is of course important, it's just one of many boxes the ideal place must tick and the right atmosphere, tone of music and style of service are just as important. To help you seal the deal before dessert arrives, we have compiled a list with 10 of ...

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Confection Perfection: 5 Wonderful Wedding Cakes Trends for 2017

Features

With a flurry of engagements over Christmas and on Valentine’s Day, this time of year can often be one of the busiest for wedding planning. Amongst all the appointments and decisions, choosing your wedding cake however has to be one of the most enjoyable, and delicious, aspects of the planning process! If you are looking for inspiration for your cake...

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Wedding Cake Trends 2017
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A Little Taste of The Savoy in Kilkenny - Cake Face Café

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Cake Face Pastry sits on Ireland’s Medieval Mile in the shadow of St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower in beautiful Kilkenny city. Opened less than a year ago, Cake Face is already a firm favourite for both Kilkenny people and visitors for its great coffee, gourmet sandwiches and high end patisserie selection. After visiting READ MORE

 

Bar Reviews

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The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Rome - Bar Review

Reviews

Knock knock. Who's there? Only Rome's most exclusive bar, beckoning you in with the promise of a night to remember. Be warned however, you may not make the cut. Unless you have taken to the time to source the ever-changing password, requested on a door anyone not in the know would miss, you won't be spending your evening in The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy. ...

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Friend's Central Perk Gets Pub Doppleganger: IdleWild, Dublin 2 - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Nestled right in the heart of Dublin city’s creative quarter, IdleWild is a relatively new bar that many have surely been passed by unnoticed. There are few identifying features outside other than a small neon BAR sign and the backlit sign tucked away deep into the entrance way. But what lies behind the stained glass façade is a stunning and meticulo...

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Dublin's Original Fox Awaits you in the Mountains Johnnie Fox's, Glencullen – Bar Review new
Dublin's Original Fox Awaits in the Mountains: Johnnie Fox's, Glencullen – Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Foxes, foxes everywhere... Lately, we've spotted a pack of young foxes playing around Dublin city centre: perky and cheerful The Fat Fox on Camden Street, slick and sly Mr. Fox shaking things up on Parnell Square and crafty clever The Wiley Fox surprising beer lovers on Eden Quay. But atop Dublin Mountains there's a wise old fox with no intentions of...

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Featured Drink Stories

10 of the Best Pints of Guinness in Dublin | TheTaste.ie
10 of the Best Pubs in Dublin for a Pint of the Black Stuff

Bars & Venues

While the world goes greener as St. Patrick's Day gets closer, the colour of choice for countless pint glasses in the fair city is black. And while we are thankful for the wide array of craft stouts available in today's diverse and vibrant pub scene, there's something in a well poured pint of Guinness that just feels right. Before sharing a list with t...

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Producer Spotlight

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The Cream of the Cropp - Corleggy Cheese Producer Spotlight

Features

Armed with little more than a cheesemaking book and ambitious trial and error approach, Silke Cropp couldn't have imagined 30 years ago that her handmade raw milk goats cheese would become the star product it is today. "That was just the way it went, I had a goat that gave too much milk and started playing around with different recipes in the kitchen 32...

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"In Gin, you Have to Carve your Own Niche" - The Bonac 24 Gin Story
"In Gin, you Have to Carve your Own Niche" - The Bonac 24 Gin Story

Drinks

"It wasn't until the very end of the process that it struck me: this is my gin", says Gavin Clifford, as he shares with us the story of Bonac 24 and reflects on the big impact that holding the bottle, "branded label and everything" had on him. But to get to that point, the 25 year old UCD Commerce graduate had to distill dreams into a solid -or shoul...

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Introducing the World’s First Irish Peat Wine – Bringing Innovation to the Next Level
A New Take on Oaking: The World's First Irish Peat Wine - The BT Wines Story

Drinks

BT Wines of West Limerick has developed the world's first Irish Peat Wine. A unique and innovative wine - and also intriguing... Brendan and Trisha, the lifelong friends from West Limerick with a passion for good food and wine, have spent the past few years developing their product - Irish Peat Wine. It’s a first i...

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Cookbook Reviews

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Marcus at Home by Chef Marcus Wareing - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

Ever wondered what it is like to live with a chef? Marcus at Home promises the reader a little peek into the home kitchen of one of the UK's most celebrated chefs. Whether Marcus Wareing is a familiar face as a judge on Masterchef: The Professionals or because his 2 Michelin starred Marcus at The Berkley is on your hit list, I can't ima...

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