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Raiding the Larder of Delicious Irish Delights – Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder Killarney Review

It isn’t often a Dublin blow in is welcomed warmly to Kerry, but Celtic Whiskey Bar and Larder appears to be the exception to this. Opening just one year ago in the middle of bustling Killarney town, no doubt the little sister of Ally Alpine’s Celtic Whiskey Shop on Dawson Street was strategically located in …

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Park Restaurant Feat

Pushing the Boundaries on the Edge of the City – The Park Restaurant Castleknock Review

It isn’t easy to cook with the pressure of television cameras weighing heavily on your every move, but chef Neal Kearns has made it look simple on numerous occasions, cooking up a storm on TV3’s Ireland AM. The Executive Head Chef at The Park Restaurant in Castleknock Hotel is clearly getting his name out there …

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This Floating Restaurant is the Ultimate Way to Enjoy Dublin's Grand Canal - La Peniche Review

This Floating Restaurant is the Ultimate Place to Enjoy Dublin’s Grand Canal – La Peniche Review

My idea of happiness frequently involves a shining sun above me and flowing water underneath my feet. From windsurfing in ever-blue Caribbean beaches to humbly witnessing the glacial glory of the Niagara Falls, and most recently, leisurely cruising Dublin’s cheerful Grand Canal on board La Peniche, the city’s finest floating restaurant, there is an undeniable pattern. As Dublin is not …

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Falling Hook, Line and Sinker for Simple Yet Sumptuous Seafood at Fish Shop

I have often pondered the advice “under promise and over deliver”, the wisdom which would see us selling ourselves short only to exceed all expectation. Catching a cab to Smithfield, I ask the taxi driver to bring us to Fish Shop and he questions numerous times the existence of a restaurant with such a moniker, …

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Lighting up the South Dublin Dining Scene – Milltown’s New Hotspot Ember

There is no denying, it is an exciting time to eat in Dublin at the moment. New restaurants are popping up all over the city and in less obvious corners with the rise of the more casual neighbourhood eatery. The neo-bistro movement born in Paris’ 11th arrondisement seems to have caught on here, with ambitious …

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Tapas, Albarino, Barcelona - El Celler Wine Bar Review

A Door to Barcelona Opens in Blackrock – El Celler Wine Bar Review

The relaxing notes of a classic guitar seemed to expand through the Mediterranean warmth of El Celler. Aromas of paprika and grilled seafood blended in the air with conversations sprinkled with laughter and the cheerfulness of Spanish accents. All your senses agree: this looks, sounds, smells, tastes and feels like Barcelona, even though your GPS says you’re in …

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- Yamamori Review

For the Sake of Japanese Flavours! – Yamamori Sushi Review

I think that AA Gill, the famous Sunday Times food critic, was being a little unfair when he said that Japanese food ‘tastes of hunger’. No doubt he was being deliberately provocative, taking a side-swipe at some of the more superficial restaurants of London where stick-thin socialites pick at overpriced yet bland imitations of Japan’s …

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China Sichuan Review

Classic Chinese Cooking Brought to Life in the Suburbs – China Sichuan Review

Despite the fact that I lived nearby for many years, China Sichuan is a restaurant that I only visited for the first time recently. Run by Kevin Hui, the restaurant has garnered many awards over the years and is a popular mainstay on the Dublin dining scene. Originally owned by Hui’s parents and located in …

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Style and Substance at Gourmet Food Parlour - Brunch Review

Style and Substance at Gourmet Food Parlour – Brunch Review

In restaurant years, a decade is a very exciting age: mature enough to have developed a loyal customer base and to have found its place in the neighbourhood, but young enough to keep evolving and experimenting without alienating regulars. Recently refurbished, Gourmet Food Parlour in Swords just hit the milestone and it’s looking better than ever. …

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Falling in Love with Lough Erne at Pop-Up Dinner in Enniskillen Castle

Anyone who loves food – and Irish food in particular – will know that 2016 has been designated as Northern Ireland’s Year of Food & Drink. Over the course of the past few months there have been many exciting events promoting the North’s vibrant food scene. This initiative has successfully shown that Northern Ireland has …

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Cooking That Suprises & Excites - St. George's Terrace Restaurant Review

Cooking That Suprises & Excites – St. George’s Terrace Restaurant Review

The financial downturn had a huge impact on the hospitality industry in Ireland. Whilst restaurants have always worked to tight margins, they were faced with even harsher economic realities during the recession and had to quickly adapt to avoid going under. As we claw our way out of the recession, there seems to a renewed optimism …

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