Reviews

Review: Harte’s, Kildare Town

Review: Harte’s, Kildare Town

Harte’s of Kildare “What have you done to him??!” Katie is not happy. It’s my birthday and we are sitting around the table eating. Shane takes a sip of wine (a Monte Tombole Valpolicella Superiore) and observes how spicy it is. His plate is filled […]

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife – Restaurant Recommendations

Tenerife Restaurant Recommendations During our recent holiday in Tenerife (blog post here), it would be fair to say we ate like royalty. Restaurants are exceptionally reasonable and, barring the odd mediocre meal, pretty good quality. Here are three of my favourites: Sal Negra, Los Cristianos […]

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Review: Hey Donna, Rathmines, Co. Dublin

Hey Donna February – how is it the end of February?! I tend to hibernate for the first couple of months of the year. After the madness of Christmas (at work and at home), it’s nice to ease slowly back into things before finally coming […]

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

Review: The Fatted Calf, Athlone

The Fatted Calf “Oh it’s lovely but make sure you book it……” my Mother is always full of restaurant recommendations whenever Ali and I head away for a few days. Sometimes her recommendations work out a treat but there have been a couple of occasions […]

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Review: Etto, Merrion Row, Dublin 2

Etto We’ve decided to head to the big smoke for the day. After the best part of a week lazing about and stuffing ourselves with all sorts of goodies, the time has come for even just the tiniest bit of exercise. Initially the plan is […]

Review: L’Ostrica Ubriaca, Lecce, Italy

Review: L’Ostrica Ubriaca, Lecce, Italy

L’Ostrica Ubriaca It’s our first evening in Lecce. Having just completed a ten hour journey, we’re tired and in no mood to walk into the city. Luckily our host, Stefania has recommended a few restaurants, one of which is just around the corner. After a […]

Review: Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, Co. Carlow

Review: Sha-Roe Bistro, Clonegal, Co. Carlow

Sha-Roe Bistro It’s a miserable Sunday afternoon. It’s almost as if somebody flicked a switch on September 1st and it suddenly became Winter. We are just one week back from our holiday in Puglia and we couldn’t be further from sunny Lecce as we motor down the […]

Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Canteen Sometimes it’s difficult for a restaurant to live up to expectations. Difficult but not impossible. I’ve wanted to visit Canteen for a long time. I first heard about it in Catherine Cleary’s review in The Irish Times back in July 2014 (read it here) […]

Review: Lunch at Zuni, Kilkenny City

Review: Lunch at Zuni, Kilkenny City

Zuni “Will we go somewhere tomorrow?” It’s the height of Summer, the weather is good and Ali and myself have a couple of days off. After researching various attractions within an hour of Newbridge, we decide that we’ll visit Dunmore Caves before heading into Kilkenny […]

The Mermaid at Ramore, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid at Ramore, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Mermaid It’s not always easy to find a nice restaurant when you’re away. TripAdvisor, while helpful, can often just send you to the cheapest eatery serving mediocre food. Locals have their favourites based on the item they order all of the time or even […]