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

The cafe takes time over its homely, hearty food – and so should you

This new restaurant makes a good first impression but ultimately disappoints

Some sea buckthorn berries foraged by Catherine Cleary on North Bull Island in Dublin

Go foraging for this coastal treat – but don’t forget your goggles and secateurs

Wicklow hotel serves up hearty old-fashioned food in a dining room that has changed little in years

The restaurant has been styled and marketed to appeal to food lovers but the food falls flat

Temple Garner, JP McMahon and John Wyer in Wyer’s Forest Avenue restaurant in Dublin. Photographs: Sean Breithaupt,

It’s moustache-growing month, although facial hair isn’t compulsory for men to become involved in Movember. Three chef ambassadors(...)

It’s hidden away on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin. Go, while you can still get a table

It sounds like a name for a visa but J2 serves up delicious sushi and river views

This fussy room is in a great location but, while the menu is tempting, the food is deeply ordinary

The cooking at Amuse is more French than Asian but it’s a fresh take on the stalwart bistro model

Fresh Gigas oysters on the beach on the Danish island of Fano. Photograph: Mikkel Kallehauge/ Mark & Bjerre Photography

Feel the thrill of banarnacled ridges, unusual beers and beach sail carting on a foraging trip to Denmark

Sage advice in Cork: eat local. A delicious tribute to the folk that grow, harvest, or produce fine ingredients in Midleton’s hi(...)

Restaurant Forty One has a curious booking policy but great food. Chef Graham Neville’s cooking should be tried by everyone

Michelin’s announcement that none of its 14 new stars are going to Ireland has gone down like a rates bill in the gossip-loving Irish restaurant world. Photograph: Chef Mikael Viljanen (left), Lady Helen in Mount Juliet (top) and Galway restaurant Aniar.

Disappointment as Michelin Guide awards no new stars to deserving Irish restaurants

Garrett Byrne, head chef and proprietor of Kilkenny’s Campagne restaurant which has retained its star.

No new stars for Irish restaurants, with nine eateries retaining their commendations

Garrett Byrne, head chef and  proprietor of Kilkenny’s Campagne restaurant.

French food inspectors’ inscrutability makes it difficult to make predictions on stars

After surviving an 11-hour flight to San Francisco, the time difference, the steep hills and the outlet malls, 44 Winning Streak h(...)

The waiter urged caution when we ordered, but did we listen?

A restaurant with lots of potential, but some of its menu is so odd it ruins the overall experience

The cooking style at Dax marries well with Irish ingredients such as blackface Achill Island lamb

Lunch at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud is more relaxed than expected

Some of the damage caused by the earthquake: Photograph: Reuters

Group of 44 National Lottery winners, with partners, friends or family who arrived on Friday on an all-expenses paid trip to the c(...)

This hardworking Donegal outpost shows how to cook with great Irish ingredients

Dublin’s Lower Ormond Quay has a new eating house and it’s a great one

 Workers at the Barilla dried pasta factory in Parma in 1921

At the heart of the Italian pasta story is the mind-bogglingly vast Barilla factory in Parma

A delightful dinner outside on a hot night in this beautiful food city is a special experience

This neighbourhood restaurant impresses with great ingredients and consistency

Photograph:  Anya Berkut/iStock/Getty

There are tricks to avoid feeling vaguely anxious and regretful at the end of the ‘best two weeks’ of the year

Catherine Cleary with her Underwood typewriter, bought at the monthly flea market in Newmarket Square in Dublin for €60. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

You have to load it up with a ribbon, use a carriage return, and hit the keys hard to make an impression on the paper. But typewri(...)

Chef James Sheridan is having fun at his market restaurant, and so are his customersers

A Drogheda pitstop is aiming high, using gorgeous local ingredients

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