Reviews

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 […]

Assassination Custard, Dublin 8

Assassination Custard, Dublin 8

Assassination Custard It’s been on my radar for a long time. “You have to try this place, it’s amazing” – Emma of Gaillot et Gray (where I worked as a baker) uttered the guts of a year ago. I had been meaning to go when […]

The Firehouse, Delgany, Co. Wicklow

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 […]

Lunch at The Candied Walnut, Naas

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, […]

Ubh Café, Newbridge

Ubh Café, Newbridge

Ubh Café Are we still in Newbridge? When I look outside I see the familiar sight of George’s Street, although the menu in front of me leads me to believe either I’ve been transported elsewhere or somebody is taking a shot to see if our […]

VDC @ The Curragh Cafe, Co. Kildare

VDC @ The Curragh Cafe, Co. Kildare

VDC @ The Curragh Cafe It’s a dark and miserable day in late December, that limbo period between Christmas and New Year. I usually spend this time piling on the pounds and drinking my body weight in wine. Occasionally I venture out and after a […]

Ard Bia At Nimmos, Galway City

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 […]

Cupán Tae, Galway City

Cupán Tae, Galway City

Cupán Tae, Galway City It’s a dark, dreary, miserable January afternoon in Galway City. The fog is already beginning to descend but the Christmas lights above Quay Street are twinkling down on us. Ali wants to go to Cupán Tae for lunch, a late lunch – […]