Le Petit Breton:  no tweaking of the imported delicacy to suit the local palate or  flighty fads of social media. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Review: Get lots of bang for your buckwheat on Dublin’s canalside

Home-baked Irish soda bread.

Possible association between some foods and cancer identified in recent study

On February 14th, restaurant staff place bets on who will storm out first from a St Valentine’s date

Restaurateurs share trade secrets of the ‘worst night of the year’

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

Pancake Tuesday: Use a good pan and have kitchen roll to hand, advises Catherine Cleary

Urbanity: creative, independent and good value.

Review: Urbanity is a bright food light in a coffee and pizza-chain wilderness

Attendees enjoy Ballymaloe Litfest 2016. Photograph:  Joleen Cronin

Ballymaloe Litfest organisers are planning to focus on a ‘more political and harder-edged’ project

Our embracing of ultra-processed foods like cereals, sugary and savoury snacks, highly processed bread and ready meals and sauces, was down to “something in the Irish psyche”, says obesity expert Prof Donal O’Shea.

Future generations will look at today’s food consumption in the same way we view sending children up chimneys, says obesity expert

Boeuf: There is only steak, with many sides, sauces and “crusts” and for the vegetarian who insists on going to a steakhouse there’s a tofu steak.

There are good things about this beef eatery but more excellence is needed

Three Leaves in Blackrock Market

Three Leaves in Blackrock: close your eyes and you’re in a much swankier restaurant for a steal

Klaw, The Seafood Cafe on Fownes Street Upper, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Seafood Cafe is Niall Sabongi’s best place yet, a bigger canvas for his seascape

The Silk Road cafe in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Silk Road Cafe at the Chester Beatty Library is hidden away enough to feel like a real find

Airfield: brilliant work

This ‘pretend farm’ lays on a special meal using the freshest possible produce

Best meal: Damien Grey (left) and Andrew Heron, at Heron & Grey,  Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Standout food experiences in the year when food got serious

Brownes, Market Square, Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Brownes

Review: Saw Doctors pub Brownes of Tuam has been given a new lease of life

The Fish and Chip Shop: Book now. Book often.

This feels like a world-class tapas bar plucked from the narrow streets of San Sebastián’s old town

Recently reopened Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Review: The iconic Dublin cafe was never about the food – but now it’s hard to know what it is about

Hey Donna: cheap and properly cheerful. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Joe Macken’s latest venture is streets ahead of other casual restaurants in its price range

Being vegan in Ireland where beef and dairy are our largest industries has long been dismissed as a crank sport, a barely noticeable blip on the chart. But we’ve come a long way in a short time. Photograph: Getty Images

Some use no animal products whatsoever. Others pig out on meat at weekends

The Brunel restaurant in Tinakilly House: the menu is appealingly light.

A mix of solid cooking and mid-range prices makes this feel like a place with its eye on the future

Queues will form outside this new Dublin eatery. It will be worth the wait

This Chinese restaurant on Capel Street in Dublin is a no-frills place where the food is the real deal

Clanbrassil House: As soon as this place finds its groove we’ll have gotten ourselves another city favourite. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

This new Dublin 8 restaurant is a great addition to the neighbourhood

Great service and comfort food staples make this an ideal lunch spot

Hugo’s looks like a blast from the past but its impressive food is more about the future

Wilde at The Westbury: heartfelt food, whip-smart service and menu staples peppered with more creative dishes

This restaurant has style, ambition and lorry-loads of flavour

Magnus Nilsson: “We’ve succeeded in figuring out how to maintain precision and very low tolerance for failure but still in a humane way”

Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson on why it pays to be nice to staff and why his restaurant doubled its prices overnight

From right to left: Chef Aidan McGrath and his partner Kate Sweeney of the Wild Honey Inn after the Michelin Star announcement,  with their daughter  Levi and son, Reece. Photograph: Marie Claire Digby

The award comes after 33 ‘tough’ years in the kitchen for Wild Honey Inn owner Aidan McGrath

Wine and Brine in Moira, Co Armagh

Moira is a small town with a properly great destination restaurant – just go

Husband and wife team Nicola Curran and Josef Zammit won a Bib for their canalside restaurant Two Cooks, in Sallins, Co Kildare

Four Dublin restaurants among the awards for ‘good quality at good value’

The Legal Eagle, Chancery Place. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

To miss out on Elaine Murphy’s latest northside foodie venture would be criminal

Feast, 1A George’s Street Lower, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

We find a real feast in south county Dublin

Review: This St Stephen’s Green eatery serves not so much small plates as canapés with notions

The Happy Pear, Clondalkin. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Good veggie fare in a beautiful cafe run with a smile and a very good heart

Arundels By the Pier, Ahakista, Co Cork

This pier side restaurant is getting a lot right but certain things need to be fine-tuned

The Mess Cafe, Richmond Barracks, Inchicore

This Inchicore cafe offers great value and fresh lunches and deserves a higher profile

St George’s Terrace in Townparks, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim

Put it on your ‘destination restaurant’ list and eat top food in a beautiful room

Farmhill: A beautiful little restaurant

Restaurant review: Farmhill proves that suburbia is where it’s at

Roberta’s:  handsome herringbone timber floor, booths big as hot tubs and expensive chairs

The food ambitions of this handsome restaurant are admirable but a simpler start might have worked better

Klaw Poké on Capel Street

This restaurant makes fish fun, helping Irish people get over their penitential hang-ups

Rachel’s, Cork, the new restaurant by Rachel Allen: when your name is over the door of a restaurant of this scale, expectations are relentless

Celebrity chefs usually start in restaurants and move to TV – Rachel Allen does it in reverse

Paul and Márie Flynn who own opened the Tannery restaurant in Dungarvan 20 years ago. “I fancied myself as Rick Stein.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Paul Flynn and wife Máire on 20 years of the Tannery, almost going broke and learning to love chips

Old Street, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Old Street/Facebook

Old Street is in a previously unloved corner of the village – and there’s lots to love about it

FoodCloud cofounders Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien at their new  FoodCloud Hub in Tallaght. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Massive new Dublin hub shows how food waste initiative is expanding

Louise Bannon ‘It’s lighter to eat and you can digest it easier so it helps more people not to be sick.’ Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Louise Bannon’s bread has taken her to France in search of ancient grains

Heron and  Grey at Blackrock, Co Dublin: they have ripped up the tasting menu and origamied it into the most creative food in the country. Photograph: Eric Luke

Heron and Grey in Blackrock takes you to new levels of magical taste

Kopitiam restaurant, Capel Street, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Dinner at this northside Dublin restaurant is as much a food tour of Malaysia as a meal

Le Pastis in Blackrock, Co Dublin: My meal couldn’t get more Gallic if it was served by Gerard Depardieu in a cloud of blue Gauloise smoke humming Edith Piaf

It’s a bake off this week between Le Daroles in Auch, France and a bistro in Dublin

Jess Murphy of Kai Restaurant in Galway: will be part of Massimo Bottura’s Refettorio Felix project in London using surplus food from supermarkets to cook at a drop-in centre for the homeless. Photograph: Hany Marzouk

Jess Murphy will join other top chefs to cook supermarket surplus food

Campagne in Kilkenny: comfortable banquette seats,  elegant napkins and the calm hum of a restaurant that knows precisely what it is doing. 

Great Kilkenny restaurant manages to be both fresh and comfortingly familiar

Terra Madre  on Bachelor’s Walk in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

With no ceremony and few frills, this Dublin basement feels like home

Graham Neville, the city’s best non-starred chef, is shaking things up at Dax Restaurant

 Mulligan Grocer in Stoneybatter, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Review: Dublin eatery is putting great Irish food in a great pub with dogged commitment

These artisan pizzas are a cut above the student-pub standard

Fine dining in a former hunting lodge in Connemara

This cafe has cracked the secret of all the best tribute acts: being as good, if not better, than the star whose playbook you’re v(...)

 Phillip Lymbery, author of    Dead Zone: Where Wild Things Were,  in the Natural History Museum, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘So-called cheap meat is something we pay for three times,’ says Philip Lymbery

The luxury is all on the plate, by a chef not only making it vegan but also making it great

The Peacock Cafe: Pre-theatre is the only dinner they do, and only on nights when there is a show on upstairs

A theatre cafe that is pared-back, but never loses the plot

Catherine Cleary takes a shot at an inanimate target at the end of a day of deer hunting.

Restaurant critic Catherine Cleary witnesses the truth behind a plate of venison

Review: A new Dublin city centre winebar has a pleasant surprise in store: good food

This summer’s food truck festival will serve everything from chocolate to lobster burgers, shark steaks, cuts of crocodile and one truck specialising in insect dishes

Food from from 14 countries served at event as Ireland embraces food truck culture

Featherblade: the Dawson Street steakhouse is named after the cut of meat that comes from the shoulder blade.

Excellent meat is let down by other dishes being bland

From fish-finger sandwiches to fine dining, we recommend the restaurants and cafes serving the best food in the country

Miyazaki in Cork is the humble home of ridiculously delicious food.

Miyazaki Japanese Takeaway serves delicious and subtle food in Cork

 Hang Dai on Camden Street, Dublin: “It’s not quite a full reprieve for an amazing 4,500-year-old food culture, but it’s a good start.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Dublin's Camden Street restaurant is a welcome change from bog-standard Chinese place

Moro Kitchen upstairs: “They’ve stripped back the plaster to reveal the brickwork, giving this slightly sad old building a handsome new face.”

A new eatery provides a delicious souk full of Middle Eastern tastes

Two Pups on Francis Street. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

This hipster cafe is precious about its coffee, but the superb food is the real gem here

Lobstar: the menu offers lobster five ways.

It’s all about the lobster in this terrific little place

The Fish Shop: The prices are mid-range but the food is several notches higher. Go now while you can still get a table

This Smithfield restaurant sources ingredients of the moment and cooks them brilliantly

The Coburg Brasserie at the Conrad Hotel in Earlsfort Terrace: does a good job of making you feel like you’re not in  hotel restaurant.

The decor may be over the top in this Dublin brasserie, but the food is a winner

Ember has a smart clubby feel. There are red leather banquettes, ridged glass panels, and a handsome bar with comfortably upholstered stools

Castlegregory’s loss is a new neighbourhood restaurant in Dublin that does things differently

The Dairy in Clapham, London: where the quieter ingredients, like the house butter whipped up with bone marrow or whiskey,  are the showstoppers

Irish chef Robin Gill is rating contestants' cooking on the TV show, but how does his own kitchen fare?

Chef Keith Coleman opened up this small place on Rathgar Road last year. It’s not vegetarian, but they use meat sparingly with ingredients such as Iberico chorizo to jazz up their dishes

This small, smart cafe has the potential to go whole hog and become a full restaurant

Mr Fox restaurant on Dublin’s Parnell Square is where  The Hot Stove used to be.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

You'll find style and substance in spades at this den of gentility

Best starter: The Green Barn, Burtown House and Garden, Athy, Co Kildare.

In a year where the mood was sombre, there was happiness and memorable moments to be found in big-hearted cooking

 Michelin stars: Damien Grey (left) and Andrew Heron at their restaurant in Blackrock. Photograph: Eric Luke

Do other chefs resent the meteoric rise of their tiny Blackrock restaurant with its one working burner and no toilet? ‘Hell yeah,’(...)

Creativity and craft make this new venture a cut above the rest

Taste is a  great dining space, above Rustic Stone

His Japanese restaurant is – mostly – memorably good, just avoid the red pepper jus

Four Vicars is located in a handsome Georgian house in Armagh

On a steep hill in a charming Georgian townhouse, the Reids have got it right

The Green Barn is a  wooden building with a Scandi-shabby feel

A winning combination of a kitchen that knows how to cook with a garden that knows how to grow

Silo founder Douglas McMaster: “I work to a different standard. My standard is brilliant.” Photograph: Luke MacGregor

The chef who ‘cooks waste’ in Silo in Brighton wants to create a world-class tour de force

While the food is nothing to swoon over, you'll find comfort, whip smart service and a sense of place

Maeve Higgins: “If you move to New York from somewhere else, then you’re probably going to be after something. It’s a very capitalist city. You come here if you have ambitions.” Photograph: Michael Nagle

The Irish comedian on immigrants and the American right to eat a raw burger

Di Luca on Harcourt Street, Dublin, offers delicious food, but the decor is rather less appetising. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Italian restaurant more than satisfies when you’re winging it

There is much to like in this Monkstown restaurant, but also a couple of missteps

Filmmaker Brian McGinn is coming to Ireland for the Ballymaloe Litfest next May, and hopes to find inspiration here for his Netflix series, Chef’s Table

Filmmaker Brian McGinn talks about his hit Netflix show and his hopes to show the world it has been wrong about Irish food

24/10/2016 - Magazine - Piglet restaurant Piglet at Cow’s lane , Dublin. for restaurant review Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

This new wine bar with fancy tapas at €3 each shows promise

Eleven Madison Park in New York is expensive, but is it worth it? You betcha

Comfortably rustic surroundings in The Idle Wall restaurant in Westport.

Try bog butter, Clew Bay oysters and smoked Donegal mackerel at Westport’s Idle Wall

Cirillo’s is a simple idea. It’s a posh pizza and pasta joint, where both staples are given the kinds of craft, time and ingredients that lift them out of the ordinary.

Cirillo’s on Baggot Street looks like it’s been here forever, and feels like it knows what it’s doing

By any standards Clare Smyth has won at the game of cooking, managing the superhuman feat of maintaining three stars at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for almost a decade.

Clare Smyth’s three stars at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay speak for themselves

Andrew Heron and Damien Grey in their now Michelin starred restaurant in Blackrock. Photograph: HeronAndGrey.com

Award for intimate Blackrock restaurant brings to 12 the number of gilded eateries on island

Andrew Heron and Damien Grey in their now Michelin starred restaurant in Blackrock. Photograph: HeronAndGrey.com

Heron and Grey has become one of the world’s smallest Michelin-starred restaurants

Andrew Heron and Damien Grey in their now Michelin starred restaurant in Blackrock. Photograph: HeronAndGrey.com

Blackrock’s Heron and Grey awarded first Michelin Star

The natty leather chairs are   a comfortable relief from school chairs or wobbly skip finds. It  all has the feel of a good room despite the vaguely industrial ceiling and bare block wall

Stylish decor and tuna that resembles a prosthetic limb

Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry outside The Dead Rabbit: Muldoon says of Ox, ‘It was honestly one of the best dining experiences I’ve had this year’

Belfast-based friendship and ambition unite the people behind Ox Meets the Rabbit, an exciting pop-up cuisine venture in Lower Man(...)

Wednesday dinners at the Fumbally are cooked by a rotating panel of chefs, which means your dinner is being cooked by a fresh chef, bringing a new idea and some new ingredients to the kitchen

The Wednesday dinners at the local cafe are pretty fantastic – but for heaven’s sake don’t tell anyone

Is this  the fish restaurant of my dreams? Nearly. They’re putting fresh fish on plates at a good price

Once the restaurant settles down, Clontarf should have itself another good neighbourhood eatery

The Ramen Bar is located at the back of  Kokoro Sushi, 51 William St South, Dublin 2. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Japanese noodle soup hasn’t become as fashionable in Dublin as it is in London, but it is certainly trending here, and this little(...)

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