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Luna Wins Best Restaurant at the Irish Restaurant Awards 2016

The Restaurant Association of Ireland hosted the eighth Irish Restaurant Awards on Monday night in the DoubleTree by Hilton. Nearly a thousand restaurateurs, chefs, staff members and industry representatives attended the black tie event which honours the best in the business.

Best Restaurant in Ireland was awarded to Luna restaurant in Dublin and Enda McEvoy of Loam in Galway was crowned the All-Ireland Best Chef. Guests were treated to a lavish six course dinner prepared by a team of chefs that is hand-picked by the Restaurants Association each year and is made up of winning chefs from the previous year’s awards with each chef representing a region of Ireland.

Speaking at the awards, Chief Executive of the RAI Adrian Cummins commented, “This is the eighth and most successful year of the Irish Restaurant Awards to date. These Awards are the accolades of the Irish restaurant industry – everybody wants to win one. From over 70,000 online nominations cast earlier this year to 2,500 guests attending our regional events, it is clear that the stature, calibre and reputation of the awards is expanding at a considerable rate and it is all in aid of recognising the talent within our sector. All winners and finalists here tonight are very deserving of their awards.”

Once again TheTaste was delighted to be sponsoring the award for Best Customer Service. The overall winner was Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway. The regional winners were:

Dublin – Luna, Dublin
Connaught – Kai Café & Restaurant, Galway
Leinster – Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow
Munster – Inch House Country House & Restaurant, Tipperary
Ulster – The Great Room Restaurant at The Merchant Hotel, Antrim

Regional and All-Ireland Winners

Best Restaurant – Sponsored by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and Astoria Wines

All-Ireland – Luna, Dublin
Dublin – Luna, Dublin
Connaught – Loam, Galway
Leinster – The Pigeon House, Wicklow
Munster – 1826 Adare, Limerick
Ulster – Browns Restaurant & Champagne Lounge, Derry

Best Chef – Sponsored by La Rousse Foods

All-Ireland – Enda McEvoy of Loam, Galway
Dublin – John Wyer of Forest Avenue, Dublin
Connaught – Enda McEvoy of Loam, Galway
Leinster – Rob Krawczyk of Brabazon at Tankardstown House, Meath
Munster – David Hurley of The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
Ulster – David Gillmore of James Street South, Antrim

Best Restaurant Manager – Sponsored by Tindal Wine Merchants

All-Ireland – Alain Kerloc’h of OX, Antrim
Dublin – Declan Maxwell of Luna

Best Hotel Restaurant – Sponsored by Elavon

All-Ireland – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
Dublin – The Brasserie at The Marker, Dublin
Connaught – The Library Restaurant at Belleek Castle, Mayo
Leinster – The Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
Munster – The Dining Room at Gregans Castle Hotel, Clare
Ulster – Harvey’s Restaurant at Harvey’s Point, Donegal

Best Casual Dining – Sponsored by San Pellegrino

All-Ireland – ETTO, Dublin
Dublin – ETTO, Dublin
Connaught – The Pantry and Corkscrew, Mayo
Leinster – Foodworks, Kilkenny
Munster – Elbow Lane Brew & Smokehouse, Cork
Ulster – The Ginger Bistro, Antrim

Best Gastro Pub – Sponsored by Bunzl McLaughlin

All-Ireland – The Oarsman, Leitrim
Dublin – L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin
Connaught – The Oarsman, Leitrim
Leinster – Left Bank, Kilkenny
Munster – Merry’s Gastro Pub, Waterford
Ulster – Sweet Afton Bar & Kitchen, Antrim

Best Café – Sponsored by Aryzta Food Solutions

All-Ireland – Rua, Mayo
Dublin – The Pepper Pot, Dublin
Connaught – Rua, Mayo
Leinster – Blackberry Café, Kilkenny
Munster – The Granary Café, Waterford
Ulster – Aroma Café, Donegal

Best World Cuisine – Sponsored by Keelings Farm Fresh

All-Ireland – Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow
Dublin – Boqueria, Dublin
Connaught – Miso Sushi, Sligo
Leinster – Chakra by Jaipur, Wicklow
Munster – Iyer’s, Cork
Ulster – DinaDina, Antrim

Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Sponsored by Odaios Foods

All-Ireland – Locks 1 Windsor Terrace, Dublin
Dublin – Locks 1 Windsor Terrace, Dublin

Best Wine Experience – Sponsored by Classic Drinks and Champagne Pannier

All-Ireland – George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle, Mayo
Dublin – ETTO, Dublin
Connaught – George V Dining Room at Ashford Castle, Mayo
Leinster – Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny
Munster – La Bohème Restaurant & Winebar, Waterford
Ulster – OX Cave, Antrim

Local Food Hero – Sponsored by Rewarding Times

All-Ireland – JP McMahon of Aniar, Galway
Dublin – Pádraic Óg Gallagher of Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin

Best Kids Size Me – Sponsored by Heinz & Kids Size Me

All-Ireland – Momo Restaurant, Waterford
Dublin – Jamie’s Italian, Dublin

Best Newcomer – Sponsored by BWG Foodservice

All-Ireland – The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford
Dublin – Craft, Dublin
Connaught – The Idle Wall, Mayo
Leinster – The Lighthouse Seafood Restaurant, Wicklow
Munster – The Bay Tree Bistro, Waterford
Ulster – The Muddler’s Club, Antrim

Best Cocktail Experience – Sponsored by Ketel One & Diageo Reserve
All-Ireland – The Exchequer, Dublin

Best Seafood Experience – Sponsored by Pallas Foods
All-Ireland – O’Grady’s on the Pier, Galway

Best Cookery School – Sponsored by Avonmore
All-Ireland – Tannery Cookery School, Waterford

Best Digital Marketing – Sponsored by Open Table
All-Ireland – Coqbull, Cork

Best Private Dining & Club Restaurant – Sponsored by Peroni
All-Ireland – Restaurant FortyOne at Residence, Dublin

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