You would need to have been living under a rock to have missed the fact that one of the country’s most well known and private chefs just lost his Michelin star. Unlike Oliver Dunne, who had been singing it from the highest rooftops and spent the last few months redesigning his restaurant and menu, Kevin Thornton was left in utter shock and bewilderment. We imagine the hardest part of the whole process is the unknown.
KERRY RESTAURANT REVIEW
Kerry is known for many great things, sunshine regrettably is not one of them. However, we were more than fortunate when we visited on a sunny Saturday as we were greeted by sunshine showcasing the rolling hills of the Kingdom in all its glory. Over four hours from Dublin, Kenmare is no doubt a long old drive but boy, is it worth it when you see the unrivalled natural beauty that is all encompassing.
DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW
Ireland seems to be rapidly developing its own unique culinary identity. Whilst recent years have been challenging for the Irish restaurant industry, there is now a feeling of optimism in the air with many talented chefs from around the country producing food that is no longer derivative but instead, confidently expresses who we are as a people.
FERMANAGH RESTAURANT REVIEW
Watching Noel interact with his diners and his delight and interest in what dish and ingredient really stood out is quite infectious. This easy going charm is something which we found in all the staff at Lough Erne, not only are they showcasing Northern Ireland produce at it’s finest but also it’s people and the unique charm you will find in this part of the land.
CONNEMARA RESTAURANT REVIEW
Sometimes familiarity breeds contempt but as I left the bustling town of Westport to drive along the narrow roads of Mweelrea Mountain on my way to Delphi Adventure Resort recently, I was reminded what a truly beautiful country Ireland is.
LONGFORD RESTAURANT REVIEW
Viewmount House is a beautiful Georgian house lovingly restored by James and Beryl Kearney set on four acres of magnificent gardens on the outskirts of Longford Town. The house, originally built in 1740, was once home to the Earl of Longford but these days is a boutique hotel offering luxurious, stylish accommodation and first-rate food in the attached VM Restaurant.
NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW
The world of Twitter can be such an informative place, especially in the Dublin restaurant scene. With the big up turn in the number of people dining out more regularly it’s no surprise to see so many well known chefs and front of house staff setting out on their own adventure. No more evident is this than in the newly opened Locks on Windsor Terrace…
Luxury Escape at The Ice House Hotel – 1 Night for €199 or 2 Nights for €299 for 2 people in a Deluxe Room with Full Irish Breakfast, 3 Course Dinner, €40 Spa Credit & Late Checkout
This is one of the most romantic culinary escapes in Ireland, as you dine overlooking the river you will enjoy fresh locally sourced seasonal vegetables, the finest meats and a team passionate about creating the very best dishes possible. Each morning you will awake to a delicious Breakfast and will be able to treat yourself with a €40 Spa Credit in the acclaimed Chill Spa.
LUXURY CULINARY ESCAPE
Five Star Castlemartyr Resort Experience with over night plus 5 course culinary escapes for 2 people
We are so proud to be working with the 5 Star Castlemartyr Resort in Cork and have secured two unbelievable culinary escapes for you to choose from. This 18th century classic manor house with its luxurious grounds is the perfect backdrop to treat the one you love to a fine dining break.
LUXURY CULINARY ESCAPE
A Gourmet Experience at Adare Manor – Luxury Two Night Stay for Two with Five Course Tasting Dinner
This is truly a pure luxury culinary escape, Adare Manor has won Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland, is listed in the Top 10 Hotels in Ireland and the Top 10 Resorts in Europe 2015. This culinary break will honestly take your breath away, from the grounds to the food there is nothing quite like Adare Manor.
Dublin Cocktail Festival – Oct 12th to 17th – Check out the amazing offers across 30 venues for the festival week
TheTaste are delighted to announce a new partnership with Great Irish Beverages; the good folks who have brought you several exciting drinks festivals, such as “Dublin Gin & Tonic Fest” in June, which was a huge success. Building on that, it’s now Cocktail’s time to shine, the guys are are very passionate about getting behind quality Irish drinks brands and promoting them as best they can within all the activities in the festivals. Dublin Cocktail Fest 2015 will have a unique Irish twist. Over thirty venues will be coming on board and each one will feature an Irish spirit or liqueur as their primary ingredient.
EXCLUSIVE TOP OFFER
Taste Cleaver East by Oliver Dunne, with 3 dining options, Brunch, Dinner or Tasting Menu from only €30
Situated in the heart of Ireland’s capital city, on East Essex Street in the popular Temple Bar area. Oliver Dunne who currently holds a Michelin Star for Bon Appetit Restaurant in Malahide has created an exciting new dining experience at Cleaver East located within The Clarence Hotel. Cleaver East keeps the standard of food high but in a more relaxed casual dining setting. Oliver has created a venue which caters for everyone’s taste and today we have 3 options for you to enjoy.
Win a 3 course dinner with a bottle of wine and 2 cocktails on arrival from Vikings Steakhouse Clontarf
Vikings Steakhouse is a cosy 60 seat restaurant in Clontarf and has something for everyone, from healthy ways of eating & vegetarian options to locally sourced, fresh Irish seafood & 100% juicy Irish steaks and salads. There is a wide range of steaks available including steak on the stone. Also check out the Hunter’s Corner board for meats like kangaroo, ostrich and wild boar.
FOOD STYLING FEATURE
In today’s world where everybody shares their lunch, most understand that getting your meal to induce hunger pangs or to inspire your audience in the kitchen is not as easy as cook, snap, eat. Applying a little time and charm in the food styling department can go a long way towards making your food look beautiful.
Every kitchen has a cupboard to hide away the evidence of failed culinary experimentation. These presses are usually home to complicated food processors, overly specific utensils and other assorted equipment that promised to make life in the kitchen easier but ended up forgotten, gathering dust in the back of the cupboard.
NEW BOOK REVIEW
Neven Maguire is on a mission. To make healthy eating easy for everyone. Every week, Neven meets with people from all over the country, but he found that over and over again he encountered the people with the same problem. While everyone is looking to make a few small changes to their diets to look and feel better, navigating this new world of healthy eating is a challenge for most.
Food on the Edge takes place on the 19th & 20th October 2015. It is a coming-together of top international chefs and food leaders for a food symposium in Galway.
NEW DUBLIN RESTAURANT FEATURE
Samsung Ireland and l’Ecrivain have announced the opening of The Samsung Kitchen @ l’Ecrivain. Situated in the award-winning restaurant in Baggot Street, the luxury bespoke kitchen will house an intimate dining and culinary experience creating a new concept in fine dining.
Restaurants do more than just feed us. They connect us with friends, family and co-workers. They introduce us to new cuisines, ingredients and cooking techniques. They can thrill and entertain us or be means to escape and unwind. They offer us convenience and our make our lives easier.
The Cliff Townhouse proudly showcases the bounty of the sea with chef Sean Smith renowned for creating both simple and complex dishes based on Ireland’s finest seafood. On Wednesday October 21st, The Cliff Townhouse will host a special tasting evening, matching the finest fruits of the sea with the fruits of the labours of some of the world’s most interesting vineyards.
HIDDEN GEM FEATURE
Trying to get a table for dinner in The Vintage Kitchen proved a little more challenging than I had first anticipated. This is an incredibly popular restaurant that requires booking well in advance in order to secure a much sought-after table, especially if you wish to dine on a Friday or Saturday evening.
FEATURED FOODIE VIDEO
This week, Loin of Bacon Recipe with Irish Mist Glaze by Kevin Dundon.