February Edition 2016

February 2016 Taste Magazine

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DINE IN DUBLIN FESTIVAL WEEK – 22nd to 28th Feb 2016

From 22nd to 28th February Dublin will celebrate all things dine & wine! Dine in Dublin was created with food lovers and eat-out fans in mind. Brought to you by DublinTown.ie, Dine in Dublin has a complete listing of Dublin’s City Centre restaurants & eateries. Here you can find the best places to eat in DublinTown, select your preferences by cuisine type and location or read interesting food articles on what’s new in Dublin. We invite you to discover Dine in Dublin and taste something new today. Check out the 22 Events & Offers for Dine in Dublin Week

FEATURED STORIES
FEATURED INTERVIEW
The Mechanics of a Michelin Star – An Interview with Stéphane Robin of Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

INDUSTRY INTERVIEW

My father was an entrepreneur, he was a mechanic. As much as I love cars, that was not my dream says Stéphane Robin, restaurant manager at Ireland’s only two star Michelin restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Read our full interview with Stéphane to find out what makes him passionate about good service.

THE SERVICE


THE RESTAURANT


THE CHEF


WEEKEND OF LOVE PROMOTION
Valentine’s Day Dine In Meal for Two at M&S

VALENTINES PROMOTION

Staying in is the new going out this Valentine’s day and M&S has the perfect meal for two to make it extra special. For just €28, choose from a decadent menu of delicious starters, mains, sides, desserts and bottle of wine, a selection of which are shared below.

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
More Than Just Hype – Bastible Review

DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW

Although Bastible has only been open a few short months, it has certainly made an impact on the Dublin dining scene, garnering rave reviews for the food on offer under Chef/Proprietor Barry FitzGerald.

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In the Hands of a Master – Aniar Cookery School Review

COOKERY SCHOOL REVIEW

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the food in Aniar, the first of only two Galway restaurants to hold a Michelin star. I can still remember the first time that I dined there and I recall with sparkling clarity the tastes and textures of each dish that I ate that night.

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Making All the Right Noises – Bang Restaurant Review

DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW

I have passed by Bang Restaurant numerous times but have never actually dined there. Determined to address this situation, I booked a table for an early evening dinner there a couple of weeks ago.

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Belfast Food Tour the Perfect Way to Start off #EnjoyNI16

FOOD TOUR REVIEW

Last week we had the privilege of being invited up to the Launch of Northern Irelands Year of Food & Drink, it 2016 promises to be a year to remember with over 360 events planned which will showcase the best of producers, restaurants, hotels and lots more.

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A New Lease of Life – Richmond Restaurant Review

NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW

There are two types of taxi drivers in Dublin, the one who knows everything and everywhere and the one who knows nothing, unfortunately last Friday we experienced the latter.

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A Lingering Lunch at Brioche

RANELAGH RESTAURANT REVIEW

It is surely a sign of the tide turning that villages are buzzing in January. Ranelagh has survived the recession in style yet I wasn’t expecting it to be as full of life as it was on a particularly chilly Saturday afternoon towards the end of the month.

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WINE ARTICLES
AFTERNOON TEA TREATS
Carton House

AFTERNOON TEA REVIEW

Carton House takes pride of place at the centre of 1,100 acre fully-walled country parkland estate in Maynooth, County Kildare which also tips over the county border into Meath. Conveniently located within easy reach of the capital city, Carton House was originally owned by the FitzGerald family who were part of Strongbow’s invasion into Ireland.

Ashford Castle

Traditional 5 Star Afternoon Tea

Castlemartyr Resort

Afternoon Tea Fit for Royalty

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Alternative Fusion Afternoon Tea

EXCLUSIVE LUXURY ESCAPES
the g Hotel & Spa

LUXURY ESCAPE

Luxury Two Night Stay at the g Hotel & Spa for 2 people with breakfast each morning and a 3 Course Dinner and Bottle of Wine

The luxury 5 star g Hotel & Spa in Galway is located on the edge of Lough Atalia as you enter the heart of the city. Perfect for a Galway city break or mid-week getaway. Ideal for spa break in Galway. The g Hotel is the only 5 star destination spa hotel in the city.

Renvyle House Hotel

LUXURY ESCAPE

Experience a Culinary Escape at Renvyle House Hotel in Connemara, Galway – 1 night for 2 including Breakfast, Prosecco & a 5 Course Award-Winning Dinner for only €199

The stunning Renvyle House Hotel is the perfect choice for a culinary break. The four star, family owned, historic country house resort first opened as a hotel in 1883 and is spectacularly located on a 150 acre estate on the shores of the Wild Atlantic Way. They have won Best Customer Service in Ireland 2013,2014 and in Connaught 2015.


l’Ecrivain Restaurant

Experience Michelin Star l’Ecrivain with 3 course dinner for 2 people for only €100

We are very proud to be partnering Michelin Star Restaurant l’Ecrivain. One of the very best restaurants in Ireland, Derry and Sallyanne have been delivering exciting cuisine and a personal service in their Baggot Street restaurant for over 27 years, with food of the highest standard.

Odessa Restaurant

Enjoy a 3 course dinner with a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails for two people at Odessa Restaurant only €59.99

Taste at Rustic

Exclusive offer from Taste at Rustic – Enjoy 4 courses with a Bottle of Wine and Cocktails for 2 people only €99

Odessa Cocktail Bar

Enjoy 4 cocktails for two people at trendy Odessa Bar for only €20

Sabor Brazil

Top Brazilian Taste – 7 course tasting menu for 2 for €100 at Sabor Brazil, Dublin, valid 5 days per week for 12 months, No.1 Rated Restaurant in Dublin on TripAdvisor

the g Hotel & Spa

Luxury Afternoon Tea at the g Hotel & Spa for 2 people with Bellini Cocktails only €45

Fade Street Restaurant

Dine in Fade Street Social Restaurant – 3 courses for 2 people with a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails for only €65

Marco Pierre White

Give the gift of Marco Pierre White Supper Club Evening with a 4 Course Dinner for 2 people with Bottle of Wine only €79

Beeftro Restaurant

Try Beeftro in both Dundrum & Balfe Street with a 3 course dinner for 2 plus a bottle of wine for only €50

The Dylan Hotel

The Dylan 5 Star Boutique Hotel are offering 3 courses dinner and a bottle of wine for 2 people only €60

Win a Glendalough Distillery Hamper

COMPETITION

Glendalough Distillery are giving away a bottle of each of their award winning whiskeys, poitíns as well as a very rare bottle of their Wild Botanical Winter Gin (you can’t buy this one any more – it is all sold out!). That’s seven exclusive bottles up for grabs for one lucky winner.

ENTER COMPETITION

Win a Romantic 3 Course Dinner for Two with a Bottle of Wine at Il Posto

Win Valentine’s Dinner for Two in Fahrenheit Restaurant at Clontarf Castle
TOP CHEF INTERVIEWS
MORE NEWS STORIES
Ireland’s Top Culinary Wedding Venues

WEDDING FEATURE

Here at TheTaste we are all about bringing you the best of Ireland’s food scene, but we aren’t just talking about restaurants. One of the questions we get asked at this time of year is ‘where is the best place to have a wedding?’ Obviously for us, it is all about a great experience with top notch food.

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A Sunday Roast for your bucket list – FIRE Restaurant Sunday Roast Review

SUNDAY ROAST REVIEW

It’s fair to say that as a family we appreciate our food. It doesn’t have to be fancy – just good quality ingredients, cooked with love and we’re happy. It may sound strange, but trust me, you can tell when food has been cooked with love.

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Feeling Hungry? Here are the Top Food Events Taking Place This Year

FOOD & DRINK EVENTS

In 2015 TheTaste brought you all of Ireland’s most prestigious and important food events and festivals. We don’t want you missing out this year so keep checking back here for updates on Ireland’s food and drink scene.

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A Cut Above the Rest – Mastersons Steakhouse Review

DUBLIN STEAKHOUSE REVIEW

For a town with an ever growing population of over 68,000 people you would be forgiven for assuming Swords must be heaving with lots good quality restaurants. Sadly, however in our experience the latter is not the case, with many looking to its neighbour Malahide for their culinary treas.

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The World’s Most Romantic Dining Destinations

VALENTINE’S DAY FEATURE

Valentine’s Day brings out the best and worst of ourselves, depending on your perspective. Some people, like me, are hopeless romantics who dream of being whisked away to a magical destination where we will be treated to endless romantic gestures.

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The Top 5 Food Markets in London

FOOD MARKETS FEATURE

One of the best things about living in London is the abundance of food options on my doorstep from buzzing restaurants to bakeries boasting croissants to rival the best in France. London is a food lover’s dream.

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For Lovers – and Lovers of Chocolate! Valentine’s Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne

VALENTINE’S DAY DINING

This Valentine’s at The Shelbourne, all the pastry chef’s skill and imagination has gone into creating a specially romantic and appealing selection of the delicacies which make Afternoon Tea at The Shelbourne so popular, but this time designed not just for lovers in general, but very specifically for lovers of chocolate!

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Top French Chef Brings Afternoon Tea to Ladurée Dublin

AFTERNOON TEA NEWS

While daydreaming about your dream job you probably imagine being a chocolate taster, mattress tester or tropical island caretaker. For the culinary inclined there is another dream role to add to the list. Marion Flipo is Deputy International Chef at Ladurée, the iconic Parisian tea rooms.

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A Breakfast of Champions – Balfes BodyByrne Breakfast Review

HEALTHY BREAKFAST REVIEW

According to your Instagram feed, in addition to a dedicated fitness regime the only way to ‘make gains’ is to tote tupperware with you where ever you go, filled strictly with eggs, chicken breasts and broccoli, all of which must be boiled.

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Fancy a Stay-cation? Ireland’s Unique Romantic Getaways

ROMANTIC BREAKS

Spring is the perfect time of year to plan a mini break with your loved one. So often our romantic getaways are to foreign cities like Rome or Paris but Ireland has plenty to offer couples who stay at home.

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DRINKS ARTICLES
PRODUCERS SPOTLIGHT

Say Cheese, and Chorizo – The Gubbeen Farmhouse Story

Churning Passion and Local Pride – Glastry Farm Ice Cream
Our recipes are to give you cooking inspiration, whether you are looking for healthy recipes, beautiful baking recipes or delicious dinner recipes we have them all. Now with wine pairings from our wine expert Suzanne Redmond we show you the perfect bottle to match the recipe.

Beaumont des Crayères Grande Réserve NV Champagne

Delheim Chardonnay Sur Lie

Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipes by Paul Flynn

French Toast with Blackberries and Irish Honey Recipe by Shane Smith

Genuinely Sugar-Free Granola Recipe by Elsa Jones

Scorched Cod Recipe by Chef Danni Barry of Deanes EIPIC

Smokie Tagliatelle Recipe by Richie Wilson

Hotcakes with Mango and Banana Saute Recipe by Neven Maguire

Chocolate Pecan Caramel Squares Recipe by Peachy Palate

King Scallop, Cauliflower Crush, Cauliflower Soup Recipe by Gavin McDonagh

Herby Smoked Salmon Frittata Recipe by Oliver McCabe

After Eight Chocolate Torte Recipe by Susan-Jane White

Red Velvet Pancakes ‘Breakfast in Bed’ Recipe by My Nutrition

Salt Baked Mooli Recipe by Chef Colin McKee of Harvey’s Point

Valentine’s Candied Blood Orange Recipe

The History of the Glendalough Distillery
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