The apple pie fries with salted caramel dip are “phenomenal”, we’re told. They are. Phenomenally ordinary, like party food from Iceland

It may be a good bar for a Tinder date, but not for food

Gaillot et Gray is still putting itself together, but it’s off to a great start

“Convert your kids to dark chocolate. Anything higher than 70 per cent cocoa solids contains more nutrients, less fat and less sugar than milk chocolate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Most supermarkets have plenty of options for ‘home from school and starving’ moment

Small print: the nutritional information on food is the outcome of years of lobbying and legal wrangling between the food industry and the public-health lobby

More accurate labels for these foods would say ‘battery-farmed chicken’, ‘sugar-sweetened bagels’, ‘50 per cent sugar’

The interior of Marcel’s on Merrion Row in Dublin.

Marcel’s on Merrion Row is half-pub, half-restaurant - but how’s the food?

Husband-and-wife behind Two Cooks in Sallins, Co Kildare

Patricia Daly, left, and Domini Kemp: their new book, The Ketogenic Kitchen, reverses the food pyramid. Photograph: Joanne Murphy

Cancer survivors Patricia Daly and Domini Kemp have written a book on keto cookery

Craft stands out like a neatly groomed thumb, all tasteful navy outside with minimalist simple branding, and the cynic in me is suspicious.

Craft’s Philip Yeung has put good flavours and beautiful food on plates at great prices

Murph's Bistro at the Derragarra Inn, Butlersbridge, County Cavan. Photo: Adrian Donohoe.

Fergus Murphy has turned this old inn into a bistro serving some good local ingredients

Russell Wilde, Owner Manager and David O’Byrne, Head Chef, at  “Richmond” restaurant in Portobello Dublin. Photo credit Ros Kavanagh

Richmond used to be late-night dive the Gigs Place, and what a transformation

The long-standing Duck restaurant in Gorey has a confidence about its food and service

The Little Kitchen needs to grow up fast to follow in the footsteps of its successful big sister

The Camden Street restaurant may look retro, but is a long way from 1990s McMadras

Manifesto Italian restaurant Rathmines. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

This Italian restaurant, just beside Rathmines town hall clock, serves fine meat, pizza and pasta

The simplest of good ingredients lie at the heart of this restaurant

Filmmaker Alex Gibney and writer Michael Pollan worked on the Netflix documentary series, and Pollan says: “One of the great things about writing books or making documentaries is that you get paid to learn.”

The message remains strong: cooking food, and thinking about its origins, can be a revelation

Brothers Jack and Theo Kirwan’s salad bar brings a new element to the soup, salad and wrap lunch

The Elephant’s Ear in Dublin’s Churchtown has taken the gastropub model by the horns

Kilmainham’s got a new Hiberno-Scandi-bistro neighbourhood restaurant

This cosy spot on St Andrew’s Street nails the wine-with-tasty-food night out perfectly

There’s a queue outside the Happy Pear as people line up in the chilly light for redemption with a light sprinkling of chia seeds. But we’re headed somewhere a little less well-known

A smart new restaurant where chicken takes centre stage

Big bright and friendly and that’s just the flavours in this super restaurant

The tiny Iyer’s in Cork offers southern Indian vegetarian street food staples made from scratch

Dream dinner: A flight to Stockholm, a four-hour train trip and a further drive will get you to one of the world’s most remote restaurants, Faviken

What will be the food fads this year? Plus what restaurants are on our critic's wishlist?

Ruth graduated in November and went to work as a chef de partie at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, having worked there part-time since her second year in college

From fermentation workshops to cheffing to teaching kitchen skills to communities, here are five people making a difference in the(...)

Mews, in Baltimore, Co Cork is overall winner for Dinner of the Year.

This year’s list awards more-out-of Dublin restaurants than any previous one

Tannery Restaurant

For afters we highlight some of best places to eat in lull between Christmas and New Year

The banquettes and backlit campari bottles at Luna by Odos Architects

Old school and unashamedly bling in places, this Drury St restaurant is a crowd pleaser

The Strawberry Restaurant, Brooklodge, Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow

Hotels have come out of the boiled cabbage school of catering to be great places to eat

Le Petit Pois:  in  an old stone building at the end of lane off Victoria Place in Galway city

This cheerful family run place with French food and wine excels at relaxed good dining

Ballymaloe Relish

Not everyone was happy when Ballymaloe Relish teamed up with McDonald’s recently, but the product was never intended to be exclusi(...)

The middle eastern theme is still there but in the evenings it’s all about the leisurely feast

Product of the crash: Tesco, SuperValu and Dunnes Stores  have lost out to Aldi and Lidl. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Supermarket culture, with its “retailing tricks”, has had a phenomenal effect on how our lives, towns and cities, farms and food s(...)

Bastible is not another neighbourhood restaurant. It’s the best restaurant I’ve been to in Dublin this year.

Barry FitzGerald’s culinary pedigree is impeccable, just like his new Dublin 8 restaurant

No cheesemonger ever forgets splitting their first wheel of Parmesan. We had ordered a set of short, wooden-handled knives and they had duly arrived by post. Our first full wheel lay in wait.

The Sheridan brothers, Kevin and Seamus, have written a book with Catherine Cleary. It’s about cheese, of course, and is part mem(...)

Massimo Bottura. Photograph: Getty Images

Italian chef Massimo Bottura, feeds European heads of state one day, Syrian refugees the next. He talks to Catherine Cleary about(...)

This Dublin institution could attract a new audience if they lavished love on the classics

There’s a mosaic floor and two fireplaces with baskets of logs facing each other on opposite walls. You sit on creaky rattan chairs or handsome banquette seats

The owners have been serving great food in this Kildare pub for more than 20 years

Nothing much has changed in 20 years at this Temple Bar Indonesian restaurant – and that’s a good thing

Catch 22 is serving up well sourced and cooked fish at very good prices

The Dubliner is returning to Denmark to work in René Redzepi’s new restaurant

A one-day market and food event in Temple Bar next month celebrates Dublin food and the majesty of milk

This lovely room has seen more changes of hands than most in recent years, but looks like a keeper this time

The forthcoming food symposium in Galway has attracted a stellar line-up, including New York chef Amanda Cohen

Suesey Street is a cosy clubby basement where the food is as good as the decor

‘You had people only having a glass of wine with dinner . . . Now it’s not unusual for the €35 bottle of wine to be ordered’

Restaurants are charging ever higher prices as they recover from the economic slump

Hard luck: Kevin Thornton,  whose two-decade relationship with Michelin stars ended with a tweet. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michelin’s latest restaurant ratings saw the shock dropping of Kevin Thornton. And they still don’t reckon anywhere in Ireland is (...)

Jules Restaurant on Dame St. in Dublin.Photograph: DAVE MEEHAN

Dinner at this former old dame is saved by dessert

Eamonn O’Reilly (second left), owner of The Greenhouse, and chef Michael Viljanen (third left) celebrate with staff yesterday. Photograph: The Irish Times

Belfast restaurant scene gets ringing endorsement as Dublin eatery falters

The menu sounds great but the food falls squarely into the bar food fodder category

Pudding Row, Easky, Co Sligo

A delightful dozen – great places to gather and eat and drink lovely things with friends and family

The great unwashed: “a bit of scab or anything is unacceptable. You nearly have to grow the baby potatoes in velvet,” says one industry source. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Consumers have given up muddy floury spuds in favour of perfectly formed baby potatoes – changing not only your dinner but also th(...)

Tom Keogh with his brothers, Ross and Derek. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tom Keogh of Keogh’s crisps remembers idyllic family picnics on his parents’ vegetable farm in north Co Dublin

Boqueria on Prussia Street, Stoneybatter.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Chef Matt Fuller has put together an impressive neighbourhood restaurant

Darina Allen at Ballymaloe cookery school, Co Cork: ‘If there’s a warm Sunday without wind, we pack up baskets.’ Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

From breakfast on the cliffs of Ballyandreen to putting a hot casserole in a hay box, Darina Allen reveals her favourite picnic id(...)

This is a good spot for hearty pub food, just stick to the old favourites

Catherine Cleary and her children, Isaac (6), Peter (9) and Shane (12), enjoy a picnic in Iveagh Gardens, Dublin. Photograph: Sara Freund

In our new summer series, we throw a blanket on the ground for all things picnic, including recipes from well-known picnickers and(...)

Restaurant overlooking sea serves its own fresh vegetables and succulent seafood

Harry's Shack in Portstewart leads the charge of best beach eating spots

Clever cooking in this return to Dublin’s northside from the team who brought us Downstairs

Three friends have taken over a dusty old coachhouse and turned it into a wonderful food adventure

Great Indian cooking that combines street food with feast food

This wine-themed restaurant has good ideas, but it needs to up its game on ingredients

The addictive sweet, sour, salt and spicy Thai flavours could be dialled up a bit in this good value lunchtime menu

Rhubarb and fennel salad with Cashel Blue and potato crisps. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

In this salad, the rhubarb is interesting raw and sliced paper-thin, but it is better cut into small pieces and roasted briefly

The world’s most famous chef has left elBulli behind. His new project? To deconstruct the concept of food

‘Irish Times’ restaurant critic Catherine Cleary picks her top spots for summer food – and we want to hear about your favourites t(...)

Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

A great way to get a family veggie meal into the week’s line-up

Elaine Murphy’s new restaurant on Glasnevin Hill is a good addition to the northside

Long lunches are alive and well in the Stephen’s Green basement

Fish Shop sits at the bottom of a townhouse near the Luas line in Queen Street, Dublin

From a Blackrock shed to a city centre location, Fish Shop is a welcome addition to the capital

Barcelona’s Bodega 1900 is not a tribute to El Bulli but a tapas bar with a brilliant personality of its own

A lot of youthful enthusiasm has gone into this new restaurant and the food’s pretty good

The room is gorgeous, the service great, but the food could do better

This posh ‘gastroclub’ serves up some gorgeous dishes alongside a few disappointments

Fiskekyrkan (The Fish House) one of Gothernburg’s top restaurants Fiskekyrkan

From its ancient waterways to it modern mega-malls, Sweden’s second city is great

The Michelin-starred chef of Chapter One fame keeps it simple and it really pays off

The small restaurant on Church Road is doing everything from breakfast through brunch to lunch and dinner

The Fumbally Stables is a child of the cafe of the same name and a place where people go to relax, think and create

Ingredients are king and Enda McEvoy is developing a style all his own

There’s no farm on the roof supplying the food but the Blas Cafe is still worth a visit

A canter through the all-day menu shows a restaurant with a light and lovely approach to food

Home comforts at a wallet-friendly price at this Dublin restaurant

Ralph Haslam on Mossfield Farm, his organic dairy farm just outside Birr, Co Offaly

In the post-quota milk world, social and geopolitcal upheavals from Shanghai to Moscow will be felt in Irish farms and fields

There are so many positives that it seems like very bad luck that overcooked halibut lands on the critic’s table

Mark Moriarty prepares a dish under the watchful Stephen Gibson (Pichet), Neil McFadden  and Marc Amand (La Rousse Foods) back in 2012. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

23 year old named San Pellegrino best young chef in the UK and Ireland

Michelin-starred José Avillez serves up good value in his Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon

There is a visual allure to a stack of thick American pancakes.

Having a good pan is always a help, particularly on Pancake Tuesday

An old school room and good, well-cooked ingredients make this an excellent long lunch venue

Menu labelling in the US will only apply to restaurants with 20 or more outlets – such as fast food chains –  vending machines, amusement parks and prepared foods in supermarkets.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

What about small restaurants where chefs work their socks off with daily menus.

They could dial up the smoke in the food but otherwise this newcomer is off to a good start

Several big names and restaurant groups are planning new things but there are also smaller beginnings planned for 2015

Two young chefs are paying respect to great ingredients in a handsome reinvention of an old Dublin favourite

At Bibi’s Cafe Halaigh Whelan-McManus proves he can cut it in a one-man show

The arts and crafts house on Shattuck Avenue where Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse in 1971 looks like a cross between a music box Swiss chalet and a Shinto temple

Alice Waters’s restaurant is still delighting diners almost four decades on

Restaurant of the year: Harry’s Restaurant and Bar in Inishowen, Co Donegal

It was the year Irish restaurants shut their eyes tight and really wished they could be in Brooklyn but amid the aching coolness o(...)

Brother Hubbard’s middle eastern breakfast plate.

Gather the troops and fortify yourselves for the season of shopping, eating and making merry

London restaurant Hedone shows what happens when a restless soul meets brilliant ingredients

Restaurant is showcasing a talented female Northern Irish chef who’s returned to Belfast to cook

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