Cloud Picker Café.

Tucked under a railway bridge and in an old cinema projector room, these two cafes are making Dublin better from the inside out

Depending on the height of their crane, some of the men will climb down for a break during a shift, but if the pressure is on the crane operator will stay in his cab and take his break there. Photograph: Muno Bidhaway/Muno Explore

They stay in their cab for 12 hours a day, urinate in bottles, work under relentless pressure and hold the safety of citizens belo(...)

Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites, on the Aran Islands, off Co Galway

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: All are worth going off the beaten track for

Bastible: a beautifully memorable food experience.

These chefs are a marriage made in a particularly delicious corner of heaven

Gertrude, in Dublin: planned with children (and their food- and wine-loving parents) very much in mind

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: You’ll like them as much as your kids will

Delicious food in a former Camden Street butcher’s – with a surprisingly reasonable bill

Liath, in Blackrock Market in south Co Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: fine dining without overdoing the formality? We think these hit the spot

A cyclist enjoying the good weather in Phoenix Park, Dublin last week.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Dutch cycling expert measured air pollution in Dublin at three times Utrecht level

Barrow’s Keep, in Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

A two-course Sunday lunch is €28. You could pay more for a soul-sapping pub carvery

Chapter One, in Dublin: in love with Irish food. Photograph: Alan Betson

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: This dozen are provenance proud

Potager Skerries. Photograph: Mark Broderick

Review: It’s the work of ex-Chapter One head chef Cathal Leonard and his partner Sarah Ryan

A bowl of ramen, at Bia Rebel, 409 Ormeau Road, Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Our go-to informal restaurants and bars

Tiller + Grain, 23 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: The coffee hangouts we love to eat in

No paper receipts in the Lucky Tortoise  on Aungier Street, Dublin. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Practices that have always made environmental sense are now making business sense

Circa: this Terenure restaurant’s fit-out is box fresh, with new wooden tables and bentwood chairs

This Terenure restaurant’s front of house is just right, but the chefs are still looking for their mojo

Catherine Cleary working front of house at Ox restaurant in Belfast. Photographs:  Stephen Davison

Irish Times restaurant critic Catherine Cleary donned an apron and spent an evening waiting tables at Michelin-starred Ox restaura(...)

24/05/2019….magazine…Leon Restuarant Temple BarPhotograph: Aidan Crawley/For the Irish Times

And a restaurant should at least give its sit-down diners a plate and real, reusable cutlery

A closure notice stuck to the window of  a Jamie’s Italian restaurant in central London. All but three of the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s 25 UK restaurants are shutting down after the business called in administrators. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Despite recent closures, the restaurant sector is booming. More outlets mean more closures

Review: dlr Lexicon deserves an above average cafe and it’s got one in Ink Cafe

Review: The Cliff at Lyons destination clearly has its sights on two Michelin stars

Beo Restaurant on Manor Street in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

This Stoneybatter restaurant’s food is delicious. Just ditch the spirulina and up the service

Review: The big house on the shores of Lough Swilly is all about food provenance

A pianist and talented chefs make a meal at this hotel diningroom one to savour

Il Caffe di Napoli: as good lunch choices go, it’s the gutsy rustic cooking that stands out

This Westland Row restaurant seems to have won fans by doing the simple things well

Young man choosing from the menu in the restaurant.

Dining alone is a growing trend, a true test of hospitality and the list of wines by the glass

Maybe Ramen Kitchen is a victim of its own success, a small boat into which too many people have crammed and they’re trying to re-gain their stroke and steady things

Consistency is everything in small places, and with ramen there’s nowhere to hide

 Terry Wilders attends the F2 Centre in Dublin’s Fatima district every day. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

GP referrals to local amenities give patients a sense of connection and belonging

Lucky Tortoise Dumpling Company, on Aungier Street in Dublin

Crowd-pleasing Korean, Chinese and Japanese small plates will tempt you back

“There’s good research that shows you have 10 to 15 per cent of the population who are willing and able to cycle,” says Kieran McGrath who set up the monthly Liffey Cycles in April 2017. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Bike projects in Galway and Dublin 8 aim to reclaim the streets for cyclists

Ox belfast for magazine

The Michelin-starred food is high-art French technique but has a distinct Irish accent

Gigi, old school Italian restaurant in Ranelagh, Dublin

This Italian, which has a 1980s feel, is cheerful but definitely not cheap 

Kristina McElroy and Yomiko Chen: On McElroy’s 65th birthday, she was delighted to be a finalist in a UCD young fashion designer’s competition. Her design, a pink party dress, had an Japanese style obi belt. Photograph: Lilly Rose

Kristina McElroy is a stylish repurposer of fashion and is hosting a sartorial fix-up event

Diversity in our diet and food culture is dying. Photograph: Getty Images

Review: Bee Wilson believes our relationship with food has changed for the worse

Gertrude, 130 Pearse Street in Dublin has the personality on the plate right and the mood glow stuff of a night time restaurant should be a cinch to follow. Photograph: Tom Honan

The personality on the plate is right. A night-time glow shouldn’t be far behind

Bia Rebel in Belfast. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

A wonderful smell of cooking greets us like a warm hug as we step in off the street

Ground State. Photograph: James Forde

Tourists have discovered this place – now it’s time for Dubliners to get in on the act

Tiller and Grain on   South Frederick Street is a slick cafe where bowls of salad as cheerful as anything the lunch scene has to offer sit waiting to be forked into boxes. Photograph: Tom Honan

This slick cafe’s tested offerings make other salad bars look sludgy and samey

One Society: hearteningly good. Photograph: Laura Hutton

This place shows you don’t have to be as generic as the developments around you

Catherine Cleary with some of her plastic-free purchases. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We eat, breathe and excrete plastic. Our use-and-toss attitudes have consequences

Review Authentic cuisine of the bottom half of Italy comes to Stoneybatter

Former UN special rapporteur on the right to food,  Olivier De Schutter: people are being “encouraged  to eat too much of the bad things”.  Photograph:   Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Consumers and farmers victims of ‘junk food’ lobbying by big players

Talking to Una McCaffrey of this parish, chef Dylan McGrath says he’s “not aiming for perfect meals, but great nights out”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Shelbourne Social has some brilliant cooking, but swerves dizzyingly from delicious to disaster

The Cedar Tree restaurant on Andrews St Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/ The Irish Times

Reasonably priced Middle Eastern cooking from creamy hummus to generous shawarma

Eat-Lancet Commission: its study recommends we eat 90 per cent less red meat. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Last week’s Eat-Lancet report said meat is madness. That leaves Irish farmers in a bind

Achill islander Saoirse McHugh: “We need to immediately abandon plans for increasing herd size and begin destocking. We must demand that CAP payments are used to facilitate farmers in the transition towards more climate-friendly agriculture.” File photograph: Getty Images

Dairy and livestock sectors assumed to be off the table in relation to environment policy pivots

Variety Jones restaurant on Thomas Street. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

On an unloved stretch of Dublin street, this is a small restaurant with big ambitions

Pickle Indian restaurant: over three years it  has grown into a very special place to eat. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Ditch the delivery apps for stunning Indian cooking and the happy hum of a real restaurant

Isabelle’s, on South Anne Street in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Blame restaurants like this on fickle crowds, sky-high rents and an emptying talent pool

Big money restaurants: chains have muscled their way in one expensive refit after another. Photograph: iStock

From humble street food to Michelin-star magic, here are my most memorable meals

Liz Matthews and Simon Barrett's new Spanish venture is an instant must

  The  canteen of Warrenmount Presentation Secondary School,  Dublin 8, served up the best tortillas I’ve had outside Mexico. Photograph:    Tom Honan

Review: The Fumbally has made good food in cafes the norm. Now it wants to emulate that in schools

Lorretta’s, 162-165 Phibsboro Road, Dublin 7 . Photograph: Conor McCabe

Review: A new local favourite serves big, gutsy dishes cooked from the heart

Inner-city allotments: Richard Stearn and Samantha McCaffrey of the Weaver Square Community Garden

As the housing crisis deepens, allotments are being earmarked for development

‘People are more inclined to not show up when they book through an app and when they’ve had no human contact,’ says restaurateur Elaine Murphy. Photograph: Tom Honan

Campaign for restaurants to charge no-show diners is under investigation by competition watchdog

‘I should have worn my stretchier, more forgiving pants,’ my friend remarks

Enda McEvoy of Loam, Galway: The ‘this has been made out of squid guts’ explanation depends on the customer.

Perfect plates of food can leave a trail of hidden waste. Two chefs have other ideas

Grafting workshops can see people create 80 new apple trees for €80

A new initiatve hopes to put ‘pocket orchards’ all over the capital

Irish farming is in a climate spotlight as never before. In the three years since the lifting of the EU milk quota the dairy herd has grown by 400,000 animals. Photograph:   David Sleator

Soil scientists are looking at ways to reduce Irish farming’s reliance on nitrogen fertiliser

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This pop-up Dublin restaurant does small Middle Eastern plates well – if you can bear the noise

Standing the heat: young chefs work long hours in demanding conditions. Photograph: E+/Getty

Professionalisation and reliance on free labour have dramatically changed kitchens

A Michelin-starred lunch is a great way to check back in with French food culture

The Garden Room at the Merrion.

Review: Choose carefully and lunch won’t come with a bill that requires a defibrillator at this five-star hotel

Review: Well-crafted food made with seasonal ingredients outside Golden village

Camerino in the Goethe Institute on Merrion Square. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Review: The Goethe-Institut has put a real cook into its new cafe

Saddle Room: the gold-lamé button-back upholstered booths chime with the Shelbourne restaurant’s cappuccino carpets and walnut browns

Parts of the Shelbourne are for being seen. Its restaurant is for being fed. Very well

In the budget finance minister Paschal Donohoe returned the hospitality sector to its 13.5 per cent VAT rate after an extended seven-year break on a 9 per cent rate

The budget’s VAT hike will see restaurants facing price rises in the new year

Heron & Grey: Damien Grey photographed by Brenda Fitzsimons

Budget 2019: Damien Grey and Ross Lewis among chefs who feel forced to raise prices

Feast Castle Way, Golden Lane, Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Review: Promising food on Golden Lane might make this spot a keeper

 Takashi Miyazaki in  Ichigo Ichie restaurant in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

Michelin awards: Three very different restaurants have earned a coveted star

Review: Perfectly executed classic seafood dishes in a lovely old Dublin pub

Review: This new opening pairs kitchen skill with a lot of heart

Pi, 73-83  South Great George’s Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Review: The George’s Street pizzaeria could become Ireland’s next great franchise

Review: Nothing on the plate at this big name opening will distract you too much

MAD food symposium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Instagram/MAD/Jason Idris

‘Mind the Gap’ was the theme of the Ted-talk style food festival MAD in Copenhagen

Eastern Seaboard, Drogheda, Co Louth

Review: Eastern Seaboard is what a town gets when people keep trying until it really work

Masa, on Drury Street, has probably the simplest menus of this year’s new arrivals, with properly small prices to go with their small plates. Photographs: Aidan Crawley

Review: If it perfects its Mexican craft, this will be a spot for an authentic experience

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

Michael’s restaurant in Mount Merrion, Dublin. Photograph: James Forde

Review: The cooking at this Mount Merrion, Dublin, restaurant delivers fabulously fresh food with as little fuss as possible

Five minimalist stone and glass rooms at the Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites provide accommodation for diners.

Review: Worth every morsel of its 9.5/10, this restaurant combines elements of earth and ocean in its exquisitely-sourced food tho(...)

Dinner here is a reminder of things almost lost, now surviving in quiet corners of Ireland

Vietnom at the Glimmer Man, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Review: This tiny eatery is dishing up fresh, tasty food from an unlikely pub setting

Grow HQ: the view outside is gorgeous

Review: This eatery, borne of the GIY movement, needs tweaks but is on the right path

George the chicken dog with his flock of hens. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

‘He’s really drooly’: Poultry farmer Clotilde Kiely uses dogs rather than fences to protect her flocks

Review: Proper old-fashioned word of mouth brought me to a Dublin favourite – and it is a gem

Review: We enjoy two terrific dishes but standards vary overall at this city centre spot

The vibrancy of Dublin nightlife and its high-concept restaurants and bars is forcing up costs for punters and developers.

Catherine Cleary and Una Mullally look at the real cost of the boom in Dublin's hospitality sector

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

Review: It has been around in Sandycove since God was a girl. Not much has changed

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From The Irish Times’s 2018 guide to the 100 best foodie destinations across Ireland

From Dublin to Dingle, from Belfast to Cork ... here's our selection of the country's best cafes

Alain Passard: “You have to understand that nature writes down everything. As human beings we have to follow what nature gives us.” Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images)

The three-star Michelin chef and inspiration behind Belfast’s Ox restaurant talks about seasonal eating and the joy of veg

Review: No one’s been shouting from rooftops about this Terenure wine bar game-changer. Till now

Five Accountants – sorry, Guys – is what you get when city centre rents start inching into silly territory

What did Dublin do to deserve this George's Street burger joint?

The  Greenhouse: ‘the business-like room has an unbusinessy feel’

Review: After six years this Michelin starred Dublin city centre restaurant is still setting the standard

Anthony Bourdain: “Where are all the old chefs? Like old pigeons, you don’t see them. So they’re probably dead.” Photograph: Alex Welsh/The New York Times

Smart, thoughtful and articulate, Bourdain cast a cold an eye on celebrity culture, but he also had his demons

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