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Jan 31

Restaurant Review: Clodagh’s Kitchen, Arnotts, Dublin

I’m not the most prolific shopper in our family.  That honour goes to my husband, who delights in the entire shopping ritual.  He loves the frisson of excitement when entering the store, the delight in finding some sartorial treasure, even the transformative promise of the changing room.  And so it was we found ourselves taking advantage […]

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Review of Salt, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2017

Salt Restaurant and Bar 163 Upper Salthill Galway +353(091)448441 It’s a rare thing in Ireland to combine a Sunday with sunshine and a trip to the seaside. We somehow managed this remarkable feat on the day we visited Salt, the newly-opened seafood restaurant in Salthill, Galway. Despite the honeyed voice of the jazz singer […]

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Review of Bunsen, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, October 2017

Bunsen Cork 4 French Church Street, Cork City Tel: +353(21)2390660 French Church Street is so-called because of a small contingent of Huguenots who made Cork City their home in the 18th century.  One wonders what they might have made of Bunsen Burger, the newest addition to their quarter. The menu has two dishes: hamburgers […]

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Review of Wa Cafe, Galway – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2017

Wa Café 13 New Dock Street Galway +353(0)91895850   We visited Wa Café early one Sunday and found it dark, shuttered and empty – the Marie-Celeste of Asian cuisine. Having strolled down to the docks, we returned five minutes later to a bustling restaurant, noisy with sizzling pans, enquiring customers and a ringing till. […]

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Review of Miyazaki, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, August 2017

Miyazaki 1a Evergreen Street Cork City Tel: +353(0)214312716 In the days before Uber and Hailo, we used to spend Saturday nights in the cramped, cosy confines of a taxi rank, tucking into curry chips and diet coke while awaiting a lift home. Despite the gravel-voiced dispatcher and the cracked plastic couch, it was a […]

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Review of Rachel’s, Cork – Published Food & Wine Magazine, July 2017

Rachel’s 28 Washington Street Cork Tel: +353(21)4274189 The Tiffany-blue building on Washington Street doesn’t scream ‘celebrity restaurant’, but in effect, that’s what it is: Rachel’s is a new venture for Rachel Allen, well-known TV chef, journalist and author. Inside, the design follows the usual formula (exposed ceiling, polished concrete, bare bulbs = modern restaurant) […]

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Review of The Burren Storehouse – Published Food & Wine Magazine, November 2016

The Burren Storehouse Lisdoonvarna Co. Clare Tel: +353(0)657074084   Visiting Lisdoonvarna during the Matchmaking Festival is an experience for the bucket list; the colourful town heaves with waltzing couples, gypsy fortune-tellers and busking fiddlers.  Happily married and with two left feet, we sought refuge in the Burren Storehouse, a recent venture from hospitality super-couple, […]

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Review of Kyoto Sushi, Limerick – Published Food & Wine Magazine, September 2016

Kyoto Sushi & Noodle 4 George’s Quay Limerick Tel: +353(61)419605   Recent visitors to Limerick might recall seeing a sign hung from a building by the Shannon at George’s Quay.  The stark lettering announced ‘typical restaurant coming soon’ while the ordinary white façade was transformed into a Japanese restaurant complete with mock stone walls and […]

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Recent Radio Reviews & Interviews: Broadcast Limerick 102FM 2016

A selection of recent radio interviews and reviews, completed with the excellent Limerick 102FM producer / interviewer /editor Sharon Noonan (@queenoforg on Twitter). Restaurants covered include da Vincenzo’s, Azur Restaurant & Kyoto Sushi in Limerick, Ida’s in Dingle, Le Petit Pois in Galway, Brick Lane in Cork and many more besides. You might forgive the ‘ums’ and […]

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Review of Idás, Dingle – Published Food & Wine Magazine, June 2016

Idás John Street Dingle Kerry Tel: +353(066)9150885   On a recent summer’s evening, with the sun setting over the Atlantic, we visited Idás in Dingle, on a picturesque peninsula in West Kerry.  We chose the tasting menu, entailing six courses for €60 (there’s also a set menu option for €45).  With a Friday night […]

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