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

It may not be cosmopolitan enough for the writers of ‘Game of Thrones’ but Belfast has some gems

Footballers’ wives school of chic: Fiorentina Restaurant on Parliament Street

A promising new Italian restaurant has opened in Temple Bar, but there’s still work to be done

Jamie Heaslip and Joe Macken’s restaurant scores effortlessly with its new brunch menu

The Sika’s diningroom. The restaurant is named after the sika deer

But Sika Restaurant at The Powerscourt Hotel needs to prioritise flavour over flounces

  147 Deli on Parnell Street Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Dublin is in the midst of a sandwich revolution, so head northside and sink your teeth into a Reuben

Photograph: Getty Images

University College Cork and molecular gastronomy

Great fish and seafood and views of Grand Canal Basin make an unbeatable combination

High decibels, delicious drinks – it’s as much about the cocktail list as the food in Opium

Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi prepare dinner at Ballymaloe on Saturday. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Yotam Ottolenghi talks food, his mother-in-law and his toddler son

The Gubeen stand at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Lit Fest. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney

Organisers estimate crowds were up marginally on last year’s 8,000 visitors

  Catherine Cleary weighing up the  pros and cons of shopping in small shops and markets versus supermarkets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Filling a trolley once a week at a supermarket has got to be cheaper than picking up what you need at local markets and speciality(...)

Ballymaloe house and cookery school: the venue for  Litfest.

‘I love the build-up to it,’ says Darina Allen Chefs as writers and food experts arrive

Darina Allen and René Redzepi at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest food festival in Co Cork yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

René Redzepi’s presence in Cork is a coup for the Litfest food festival

A vast eating house by the Ha’penny bridge and a tiny cafe in a former public toilet are just some of the start-ups planned in the(...)

From left, Cillian McAuliffe, Conor Doyle, Alex Chapman, Grace Chapman, Eoin Hughes, Dara Hughes and Max Lagana. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pizza Hut’s cheeseburger pizza comes in at 2,880 calories. The company also offers a pizza with a hotdog in the crust. So what doe(...)

The food is better than the hype at theDublin hotel’s new Citron restaurant

Blackboard Bistro is a good value joint that goes beyond predictable bistro fare

Blink and you’ll miss it, but this cafe-style space is home to great street food

 Pho Ta restaurant in Cope street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

You can choose mouth-numbing heat or a milder version of Vietnamese noodle soup in Temple Bar

Big House hotels take food more seriously these days – and Snaffles is no exception

Copenhagen chef René Redzepi. Photograph: Mikkel Heriba

Copenhagen chef René Redzepi, who is making his first visit to Ireland next month, talks about what drove him to create his award(...)

Overends Cafe at Airfield Farm, Dundrum

Town and country meet in this new cafe with farm-to-fork dining

This restaurant in Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green is worth rediscovering for its value alone

Bistro staples and healthier alternatives marry well in a homely Stoneybatter restaurant

NY-based Irish professor, Paul Kenny, has discovered what lies at the heart of the obesity epidemic

Gavin McDonagh has upped his game for a new set of tasting plates in this Ranelagh restaurant

The verdict is very good at the Courthouse Restaurant in Carrickmacross

Photograph: Cyril Byrne

John and Sandy Wyer have created a damn fine dining experience in Donnybrook that raises the bar

Chefs working in commercial kitchens are obliged to follow strict protocols in critical control points such as preparation and storage areas. Photograph: Getty Images/Thinkstock

Last year closure orders hit a record number, up a third on 2012 figures

There’s a great neighbourhood restaurant feel to this basement bar

Superb ingredients make this new restaurant a pizza place for food lovers – at pizza chain prices

 Dublin Popup Supper Club chefs Cuán Greene and Harry Colley. Photographs: Lynn Rothwell.

Starry cooking at bistro prices, from student chefs running an ambitious supper club

This Drury St restaurant is a welcome addition to a fish-free Dublin city centre

In a previous incarnation Town was jam-packed and clubby - now it’s a much quieter place

 Fish Hot Pot in Parnell Street in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

A city centre restaurant offers fish, beef, tripe and vegetables for diners to cook in broth

Barry Johnston from Ballinasloe, now living in London: “I’m not one of those people who goes on a reality show to do the job you would have to go to training college to do.”

Barry Johnston impressing Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre on Channel Four’s ‘The Taste’

The secret might be overblown, but this new Drury Street restaurant is worth a visit

 Jim Lawler and Daniel Ryan in  their juice bar at 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new juice bar aims to make it easy to get your five-a-day using vegetables and fruit to make healthy drinks

Chef Kate Lawlor’s restaurant is one Corkonians can be genuinely proud of

Best restaurant meal of the year was eaten at Ox in Belfast

In a rollercoaster year for food, some delightful establishments left an indelible mark

Return to Odessa

Brunch is now more a recovery from book clubs than night clubs, but the original venue remains

The foodie in your life would be thrilled with a restaurant voucher. Here’s our pick of the best

Husband and wife team bring personal touch to a ‘small, special place’

Google famously provides free meals, drinks and snacks around the clock for its employees. Photographs: Eric Luke

 The Constitution Room at The Shelbourne hotel

There are some very special places to have dinner in the turkey and ham season

Graham Rogerson with a turbot at George’s Fish Shop, Monkstown Farm, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Five young men are vying to be crowned Ireland’s best fishmonger. Only one originally chose it as a career, but all are now capit(...)

Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar and Grill: the only wow of the night is the bill.

Marco Pierre White’s new D4 eatery transports you back to a time of ordinary, overpriced food

Illustration by William Bock from The Dead by James Joyce, published by Paravion Press

Food has always found its way into fiction. There’s even a genre where eating forms the backdrop to the story

Bijou in Rathgar has upped the game for the out-of-town dinner

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