Review: This accomplished cooking is wildly successful with the after-work crowd

Lignum would look at home in Norway or Copenhagen. Photograph: Julia Dunin

Review: This impressive restaurant weaves culinary magic and produces fine dining

Catherine Cleary: when I was 19, I lived on tinned tuna and pasta for days so I could spend a week’s salary on a black swing coat with a high collar that felt like a hug. Photograph: Tom Honan

After years of full-strength retail therapy, charity shops would be my nicotine patches

The Georgian dining room at Cornucopia

Review: One of the few places you can eat well, in a lovely room, for a reasonable price

The menu has potential but the food is mystifyingly lacking in flavour

Food heaven: Soup, Aimsir, Tiller + Grain (top row), and the Cheese Press, Ox and Bia Rebel

My most memorable food of 2019 was made by cooks and chefs who put food joy on plates

Taza Restaurant on Ardcollum Avenue in Artane, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Review: This Pakistani restaurant in Artane proves dinner in the suburbs needn’t feel like a consolation prize

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 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

Glas Restaurant: maybe it needs to decide if it’s a vegan or a vegetarian restaurant, or a restaurant mimicking nonvegan foods. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Restaurant review: Glas seems to be vegetarian and vegan, which makes the vegan Parmesan a bit of a head-scratcher

 Maciej Garbas, (left) with Robert Skuza and Liz Devine, in kitchen in the Rotunda Hospital. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Food at the Rotunda is tastier, healthier and probably cheaper than in other Irish hospitals

Jonathan O’Grady with restaurant critic Catherine Cleary. His muscular atrophy is progressing gradually as his muscles lose their strength. ‘I used to be able to lift a pint of Guinness. Now I have to drink it through a straw,’ he says.

Catherine Cleary changes her restaurant ratings after dining out with wheelchair users

Houses of the Oireachtas: its Members’ Restaurant serves seven kinds of potato if you count ‘skinny fries and chunky chips’ twice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Restaurant review: This Leinster House venue the has air of a pricey nursing home

Some say it’s a solution for a growing world. But it could be a Frankenfoods nightmare

Sinéad Ní Gháirbhith in her shop, The Cheese Press, in Ennistymon, Co Clare. When it opened two years over ago it was assumed to be a summer thing; a tourists’ deli, for seasonal blow-ins. File photograph: William Hederman

Restaurant review: Almost every morsel of food that Sinéad Ní Gháirbhith serves is local and Irish

A generation of cooks seems less likely to be dazzled by sleek lines and an Argos catalogue of electronic goods. Photograph: Getty Images

A cooker, chopping boards and a good knife are all some cooks need to work

‘Old-style’ fish andseafood soup at the Bistro

All the playful bells and whistles of a fine-dining establishment, at a heist-worthy steal

The balcony at the Farmgate Cafe, in the English Market in Cork:  A bowl of piping-hot lamb stew is everything the day outside needs. Photograph: Jessica Spengler/Flickr

Restaurant review: The English Market cafe sets a standard anywhere in Ireland should be proud to follow

The Commons Cafe at (Moli) Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Restaurant review: Beneath the city’s newest museum is a little cafe with a big personality

Our favourite places for lunch, from quick bites to special occasions

Spitalfields pub and restaurant on The Coombe in Dublin 8. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Restaurant review: A real pub with great food in a real part of Dublin

Jeni Glasgow and Reuven Diaz, whose Eastern Seaboard restaurant and Brown Hound Bakery in Drogheda closed on Wednesday. Photograph: Barry Cronin

It's like a bereavement, say owners of Eastern Seaboard restaurant in Drogheda as Fish Shop plans a move out of Dublin to Tramore

Mamó restuarant Howth.Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Restaurant review: Outside are tables and blankets for outdoor lunch. Inside, the aroma of buttery fish

Everett’s in Waterford

Review: Peter Everett charges steep prices, but this is exactly the hearty cooking I need

 Aimsir restaurant, Cliff at Lyons Estate, head chef Jordan Bailey. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Good luck booking at Aimsir. It has six tables and only opens four nights a week

The Muddlers Club, Belfast: a great restaurant hiding in plain sight Photograph: Elaine Hill Photography

Review: The menu may have few words, but the food screams quality on a plate

Soup,  Dún Laoghaire, Dublin. The walls are half-white, half-peppermint green, and the floor is painted. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Review: An unpretentious place so good it should become a destination in itself

Review: This ambitious secret-garden cafe combines history with a glimpse of a better future

Le Perroquet: a slice of France on Dublin’s Leeston Street

Review: This new restaurant has talent in the kitchen, a rarity in this overheated market

A young woman chef leading a kitchen through the classics into something new has been a delight

Review: A young woman chef is leading a French kitchen from the classics into something new

Little Fox Restaurant in Ennistymon, Co Clare. Photograph:  Eamon Ward

The owners of what is a cafe by day cook wonderful food on their restaurant nights

Lily’s on Church Street, in Wicklow town

Review: This is a hard-working place where the school of cooking is very much French

Fudo Izakaya, in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Review: This sushi bar should steer clear of novelty and focus on what it can do best

A burger joint hits the fast-food sweet spot. Plus Stoked, Strandhill: A bonus dinner of lovingly made small plates

Alma: serving the food they love to eat. Photograph: Bríd O’Donovan

Review: An almost all-female family affair injects a rare amount of soul into the food

Dunne & Crescenzi’s spot in Sandymount, in south Dublin, serves top-notch rustic Italian food

Miyazaki, 1a Evergreen Street, Ballyphehane, Cork. Photograph: Clare Keogh

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern and more

This Aungier Street restaurant serves addictively delicious free-range chicken

Brother Hubbard, 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1

From The Irish Times’s Delicious List 2019: Some serve meat too, but all know their veg

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(...)

Cloud Picker Café.

Tucked under a railway bridge and in an old cinema projector room, they’re making the city better from the inside out

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

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

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


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

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