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Top Stories

Darina Allen. photo by Daniel Callen
The Grande Dame of Irish Food - Darina Allen on Shaking Things Up at LitFest and Growing an Organic Food Nation

Interviews

"Hello Ballymaloe Cookery School, Darina speaking. Thanks for telephoning," Darina Allen reels off. Dynamic, efficient and to the point, the characteristics of this powerhouse in the Irish food industry can be felt even in the way she answers the phone. ...

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Hotel & Luxury Escapes

Savour an Exclusive Luxury Overnight Escape to Cliff at Lyons with Dinner for Two in the Orangery for €260

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Cliff at Lyons is an idyllic country estate steeped in history, tucked away in scenic Co. Kildare. The sister property of Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore and Cliff Townhouse, St. Stephen's Green, Cliff at Lyons is a luxury haven in picture perfect surroundings. Lush green grounds are dotted with original feature buildings across the estate with a collection ...

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Restaurant Reviews

This May Just be The Holy Grail for Wine Lovers - Whelehans Wines Review

Reviews

We’ve spent the last three weeks asking people to nominate their local food heroes and let us know of any hidden gems they would like us to visit and more importantly share. Less than a month into our #BMWTheTaste Tour and we have been inundated with suggestions around the country of places to visit, some are a little closer to hom...

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A Shining New Star in South Dublin - Lobstar Review

Reviews

I think it is safe to say that south county Dublin's seafood offering suffered a blow with the relocation of Fish Shop from Blackrock market to bustling Smithfield. The couple behind Fish Shop created a seaside haven for lovers of simple Irish seafood, treated with care and allowed to shine, but in their absence another couple has risen to the challenge...

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A Restaurant Worth Risking the Cobbles for in Temple Bar - Rosa Madre Review

Reviews

Lunch time dining can be a tough gig for many venues these days, with the explosion of casual eateries like Sprout, Chopped and anywhere else you can shake a broccoli stem at are the days of leisurely three course lunches over? On a recent trip to a much acclaimed Temple Bar spot who you may remember as Cafe Italiano, now renamed as Rosa Madre, we we...

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Uncovering a Little Gem on the Ring of Kerry - The Mews, Kenmare

Reviews

The Kingdom is best known for its stunning scenery, but what you may not know is that it is also home to some of the best roads in rural Ireland, from Killarney through Kilgarvan all the way to picturesque Kenmare. With that in mind, why wouldn't you drive to Kenmare for the day on the Jackie Healy Rae highway? Door to door in less than 40 minutes, Kenm...

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This Bold New Opening is a Breath of Fresh Air - Old Street Malahide Review

Reviews

Many restaurants are born from a labour of love, however Malahide’s newest venue, Old Street has taken husband and wife team, Mark & Adriana Fitzpatrick eighteen painstaking months to renovate from a "derelict" cottage to an impressive two story restaurant, bar and wine cellar. Due to open last January we have been keepin...

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Cleaver East's New Early Bird Menu is a Cut Above the Rest

Reviews

In recent times we have been spoiled with new openings shaking up the Dublin dining scene, and it would be easy to stick to sampling these new kids on the block every weekend. That said, restaurants mature and evolve over the years when managed well, and Oliver Dunne's Cleaver East is no exception to this, now in its fourth year and cemented as a solid ...

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A Gastro Bar With Heart and Soul - Hartes of Kildare

Reviews

With the rise of coffee joints, hipster cafes and lots of exciting new openings you could easily think the death knell may be ringing for good old fashioned pub grub. In fairness the pub game has seen a turbulent time in recent years, with many rural bars having to diversify to survive. The term Gastro Bar can often be abused with any old left over c...

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Sushi at Tani Naas
A Dublin Favourite Comes to Kildare - Tani Japanese Restaurant Naas Review

Reviews

As lover of all things Japanese, I was so excited to hear that Tani Japanese Restaurant and Bar opened in Naas town, in Kildare, just ten minutes from my home. Once the final renovations were complete, Tani opened their doors to a town filled with people eager to try the most talked about new restaurant opening in Naas town. [gallery type="rectangula...

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Brunch Brilliance - Broyage Bar & Bistro Brunch Review
Brunch Brilliance - Broyage Bar & Bistro Brunch Review

Reviews

There seems to be no let-up in the Irish love affair with brunch and there are now many different restaurants offering their take on this ever popular meal. However, if the truth be told, not all brunches are equal and it can be hard to find places that stand out from the crowd. A perfect brunch menu should include something a little...

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Afternoon Tea Review

Just the Tonic! Gin Themed Afternoon Tea Arrives at The InterContinental Dublin

Reviews

Dublin's Afternoon Tea scene is thriving, but with every five star hotel worth it's salt (or sugar, as it were) offering a high tea experience, there can be an air of sameness from each stack of scones and procession of pastry. However, leafy Ballsbridge has seen a recent addition to it's finest address, The InterContinental, which no doubt will have di...

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Wine

Fresh Tannins: Chilled Red Wine to Stay Cool on a Warm Day
Cool Tannins: 10 Red Wines you'll Love Chilled on a Warm Day

Drinks

Ah... Room temperature. That magical number at which you're supposed to serve red wines. While generally meant to describe the range from 15°C to 18°C -in which most reds will be at their best- it is often permitted a margin of error so forgiving that you'll find bottles at ambient on days in which chocolate melts just by being outdoors. But tr...

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Interviews

The Magic Behind Mark's Tavern - Chef Mark Bodie of Dylan Hotel

Interviews

"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern", wrote Samuel Johnson, and Tavern Restaurant at dylan Hotel, with its whimsical desserts and stylish surroundings, has been the backdrop for many a happy memory. This is particularly true for head chef Mark Bodie, who laughs recalling how T...

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Taste Reader Offers

An Evening of the Finest Wine at The Shelbourne - 5 Course Tasting Dinner Menu Paired with Wines from Ramon Bilbao €79pp

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The Shelbourne Hotel is delighted to welcome Kirsty Loftus, Brand Ambassador for Ramon Bilbao wines, for an exclusive dinner on Wednesday May 31st, showcasing some of the finest wines from the Spanish family owned winery based in Haro, the traditional heart of DOC Rioja.  

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Experience a Sensational Seasonal Dinner at Michelin Starred L’Ecrivain Restaurant for Two People for only €75

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Spring has arrived, and with it a wealth of beautiful seasonal produce, to celebrate l'Ecrivain are delighted to offer TheTaste readers our wonderful Seasonal Menu for only €75 for two people. We look forward to seeing you - Derry, Sallyanne & all the Team @ l’Ecrivain.   Today's offer is your chance to dine in l'Ecri...

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Competitions

BMW Ireland to Power Irish Online Start Up’s Quest to Discover Local Food Heroes

Competitions

As life is nothing without taste, BMW Ireland is partnering with TheTaste to allow one lucky food lover to dine free for a year by nominating their local culinary gem. In association with BMW Ireland, TheTaste Team will expand and embark on an all-Ireland voyage of discovery to unearth the hidden treasures around the country in TheTa...

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Travel

Where to Eat in Budapest – A Food and Drink Travel Guide
Where to Eat in Budapest – A Food and Drink Travel Guide

Travel

Although it may not be considered a modern city by European standards, Budapest is currently in the midst of a renaissance of sorts when it comes to food and drink. With some incredibly bold and innovative restaurants and bars continuing to push their own boundaries, Hungary’s capital is primed to start making serious waves, not just in Hungarian cuis...

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More News & Reviews

Undercover Bartender: A Night from the Other Side of the Bar at Fade Street Social
Undercover Bartender: A Night from the Other Side of the Bar at Fade Street Social

Bars & Venues

A great bar is a theatre and each cocktail, pint and bottle of wine served is a performance. We customers attend the show to admire the scenography, our moods adapt to the soundtrack and the lightning, and as we enjoy the play there is a team behind the courtain making sure this choreography seems effortlessly put together. When reviewing a bar,...

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Wine Whiners: These are the 7 Most Annoying Wine People you'll Ever Drink with

Drinks

When something is able to inspire real passion, it will attract a loyal following, and the wider and more complex its intricacies, the more prone a subject will be to develop its own breed of annoying fandom... From Star Wars geeks that will make you wish you had Darth Vader's powers to hardcore readers that will judge you if you've only seen the movi...

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Wine Whiners: These are the Seven Most Annoying Wine People you'll Ever Drink with [May Edition]
Emirates Menu
From Bakery to Business Class - How Emirates Gets a Menu Off the Ground

Features

"Everyone says that the Irish ingredients are some of the best," whispers Irish cabin crew member Laura with a wink, after serving my grilled Irish salmon as we cruised at 40,000 feet somewhere over the Black Sea on an Emirates flight from Dublin to Dubai. Likewise, you could tell that Ahmed on the Dubai to Melbourne flight was parti...

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Simmering Talent - Meet the Next Generation of Star Irish Chefs

Features

It's well documented that the Irish food scene has blossomed in recent years, with the burgeoning palate of artisan food producers, growing population of food lovers and the nation's leading chefs all pinpointed as catalysts for this culinary prosperity. Though with the industry in the grip of a chef shortage, to continue to cultivate this progre...

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eurotoques
Cook the Season - Spring into Summer With Irish Seasonal Ingredients

Features

May signals the last leaps of spring or the early throes of summer, depending on your perspective. Either way, it is a month of delicious seasonal bounty, from the natural choice of Spring lamb to less obvious picks like gooseberries and samphire. As well as the promise of longer evenings and even the odd ray of sunshine, May brings with it an array ...

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Packages to Put a Smile on Your Face - The Tastiest Subscriptions Delivered to Your Door

Features

Who doesn't love getting a gift in the post? Even the smallest gestures feel all the more special when delivered to your door. Unfortunately, little luxuries don't seem to land on our doorsteps quite enough, even though we're worth it. You've likely heard of monthly beauty product deliveries from Birchbox to Glossybox and thought of ripping the packa...

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Bar Reviews

An Old Favourite Gets a Facelift - The Workshop Bar, Tara Street Review
An Old Favourite Gets a Facelift: The Workshop Bar, Tara Street - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

Nestled in neatly beside Tara street train station, Kennedy’s Bar is one whose doors most Dubliners would have passed by at one time or another. What would be considered a ‘proper pub’ for many years, this riverside building was a home to many lively regulars as much as it was a saving grace for those unfortunate souls to miss a train and have a l...

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A Publican's Pub: Kehoe's Pub, Dublin 2 - Bar Review [May Edition]
The Comforting Welcome of a Real Irish Pub: Kehoe's Pub, Dublin 2 - Bar Review

Bars & Venues

A familiar face can be the most comforting sight: an esteemed mentor when you have to make a speech, a friend at a party full of strangers, a traditional Irish pub on a street thriving with shiny new venues. For those seeking the simple pleasure of a good pint enjoyed in cheerful surroundings, Kehoe's is that smile in the crowd, a fine example of th...

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Cafe Review

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Not a One Trick Pony - Great Food and Coffee at Two Pups Coffee

Reviews

A few steps from the iconic St. Patrick's Cathedral you’ll find Two Pups Coffee. Located on Francis Street, just off Cork Street, this coffee house serves a killer mix of delicious food and divine coffee. Two Pups is a member of the Francis Street Collective, and the place buzzes with great energy. From an epic gra...

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Featured Drink Stories

 

Producer Spotlight

The Science of Craft Coffee Roasting - The West Cork Coffee Story

Features

Coffee appreciation in Ireland is a fast growing foodie sub-culture. Drinking coffee is the new cool; an aspirational and sociable activity. Ireland’s newly discovered appetite for better quality, more nuanced speciality coffee started in Dublin but quickly found its way to Cork – a city that has embraced its coffee culture with impressive fervour. ...

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Wild Nordic Berries
Small But Mighty - Founder of Wild Nordic Berries on the Power of Finnish Fruit

Features

'Superfoods': despite the good intentions, it's a term that can generate quite a bit of bad press. For every headline that reveals the latest wonder food we need in our kitchens to boost health, there is another that proclaims that we need to stop wasting our money on the latest health fad and that the term is little more than a marketing tactic. ...

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Cookbook Review

Bowls of Goodness by Nina Olsson - Cookbook Review

Cookbook Reviews

Food trends come and go, and arguably 'bowl food', the comforting, warming kind of food we all crave, is one of those flash in the pan fads destined to fall out of fashion. One trend that is certainly on the rise and seems set to stick around however, is the avoidance or at least reduction of animal-based food consumption and the embrace of 'flexitarian...

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Recipes

 

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