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) and it’s been on my list of places to go ever since. Blackrock isn’t the easiest place for me to … Continue reading Review: Canteen, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

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 City for lunch and a stroll around. I have a secret love for caves. When I was young I was … Continue reading Review: Lunch at Zuni, Kilkenny City

The Mermaid at Ramore Restaurants, 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 recommend based on knowing the owner. It’s a mine field! Luckily, on a visit to Portrush a couple of weeks … Continue reading The Mermaid at Ramore Restaurants, Portrush, Co. Antrim

The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

The Firehouse Bakery Easter holidays. Ali’s two weeks off from teaching coincides nicely with a quiet two weeks of work for me and we have plenty of time together to look forward to. We are also fortunate that the weather is good – a nice day out is certainly in order. After our drizzly trip to Glendalough on St. Patrick’s Day, we vowed to return far … Continue reading The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

The Candied Walnut I’m wickedly hungry. Having stayed up until almost 3am watching “The People vs OJ Simpson” on netflix, I eventually manage to drag myself out of the bed at 11.30. I have a coffee but it’s too late to have something to eat, we have booked to have lunch at The Candied Walnut and I have no intention of ruining my appetite. We … Continue reading Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City

Ard Bia at Nimmos The fog has descended upon Galway City’s medieval streets. It’s quiet, mystical and even a little romantic. As we walk through the famous Spanish Arch, it’s like something out of an old black and white film – A concrete arch, a misty sky and the ocean whispering in the background. We head upstairs and are greeted by a warm and atmospheric … Continue reading Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City