You are viewing TheTaste.ie April 2015 Magazine. In this months edition of TheTaste.ie, we have a culinary break review of Adare Manor and try the tasting menu at The Dylan Hotel. In Galway we look at the upcoming Food Festival and review the hugely popular Kai Cafe. For competition lovers we have 3 chances of winning luxury prizes from The Merrion, The Shelbourne and The Maryborough Hotel. From events we have the photo gallery from the Launch of Nick Munier’s new restaurant Avenue. If you are thinking of dining out we have Marco Pierre White, Brioche, Fade Street Social, Rustic Stone, Rock Lobster, The Dylan and many more. This edition is pack with more features, competitions and of course some cooking inspiration. We are very proud at TheTaste to be teaming up with a sponsor with the calibre of Bauknecht.View Past Online Editions:  MAR | FEB | JAN |  BEST OF THE YEAR | DEC | NOV | OCT
LIMERICK HOTEL REVIEW
For some time now Adare Manor has always been on the ever growing must visit list. Only 2 and a half hours outside Dublin, Adare village is a stunningly pretty escape from the the hustle and bustle of any city, with some fine restaurants such as Adare 1826 among others and an abundance of little boutiques. As soon as you approach the gates of the impressive manor you realise this will be an experience to remember. Surrounded by an award winning golf course and carefully landscaped grounds, the drive up to the house itself allows you to take in the natural beauty that is everywhere to be seen.
DUBLIN HOTEL REVIEW
If you ever had the pleasure of dining at the Dylan previously you may remember how stark and white everything was, including the crisp linen tablecloths. Head chef Mark Bodie and Operations manager Oscar Navarro have have overseen quite the transformation to this restaurant both in menu and decor.
GALWAY RESTAURANT REVIEW
Having heard some great reports about the food on offer, Kai Café & Restaurant in Galway city has been on my ‘must-visit’ list for a while now so I was delighted to finally get the chance to dine there recently.
DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW
It’s been quite sometime since we visited Eden Bar and Grill based on a street where there is no shortage of quality bars and restaurants. But here at TheTaste we are all about rediscovering hidden gems and hearing that Eden has undergone a bit of a make under we decided to pop in last Sunday evening to see what the changes were all about. From the exterior is it hard to believe what is hidden in this beautiful, architecturally rich building.
Brasserie le Pont is changing, we’ve created a fantastic cellar like cocktail bar with beer on draught, redecorated our dining room (removing white table cloths!) and created an inviting all weather garden that you’ll never want to leave. Now we need a new name and are asking you to help us. We need a name that really fits with our stylish new look – think quirky, quality, cosy, social and fun! Think, deliciously creative cocktails and mouth-watering contemporary Irish/European cuisine using fresh and seasonal ingredients grown from our very own urban kitchen garden!
On Wednesday April 15, wine editor MARY DOWEY and the dynamic chefs of The Cellar Restaurant at The Merrion Hotel invite you to enjoy our ZEST! wine dinner. Come and savour a star line-up of deliciously lively, exuberant wines matched with zesty, colourful dishes. We promise you an evening of vibrant flavours that will make you feel glad to be alive. We are delighted to have 2 tickets to this event, the winner couple will receive a six course dinner with matching wines.
Be first to try the NEW Söder+Ko with lunch for 2 people including a signature Söder alcohol free cocktail only €20
Lunch at Söder+Ko is a taste experience of a selection of Asian inspired dishes to share and enjoy, prepared under the guidance of executive Chef Kwanghi Chan. Choose from a delicious selection of meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes or for a taste of everything opt for the Söder Specials lunch platter. This is your chance to be first to check out the new trendy restaurant and enjoy lunch for 2 people with a glass of house wine or a signature Söder alcohol free cocktail only €20.
Taste San Lorenzos with a 2 course dinner for 2 people plus a bottle of wine for only €49.99
San Lorenzo’s is one of the most popular restaurant in Dublin, famous for their delicious Italian food, it made perfect sense to have a taste offer for our members. Today you can buy dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine for only €49.99, available to use Sunday to Friday, every week until the end of June. You will see below this restaurant has been highly rated from all the Irish food critics as well as being hugely popular on trip advisor.
CULINARY BREAK OFFER
Award winning Culinary Break to Tankardstown House for 2 people including a 7 course tasting menu and more for only €298
This is an award winning culinary break that we highly recommend. This Culinary Escape will take you to elegant and luxury surroundings, Tankardstown comprises an impressive 18th Century Manor House & Orangery; a central courtyard of Cottage Suites; adjacent to the Garden Village where classic dining takes place in Brabazon Restaurant or ‘The Cellar’ offers more casual fare and afternoon tea. A truly special place to stay.
Spring taste from Brasserie sixty6 – 2 main courses from the Brand New BBQ Menu with a Bottle of Wine only €35
Brasserie Sixty6 has long been known as one of Dublin’s dining hotspots. Todays taste will allow you to enjoy their new BBQ menu and catch up with friends while enjoying some tempting cocktails all in this trendy restaurant. This the perfect excuse to dine out and enjoy the sunny weather.
Taste Rustic Stone with a delicious 3 Course Dinner for 2 people with Bottle of Wine only €50
This is one taste we highly recommend, you will enjoy a 3 course dinner for 2 people plus a bottle of wine only €50. Vouchers are valid Sunday to Thursday, until the 18th of June 2015.
4 Course Dinner for 2 people with Bottle of Wine at our Friday Night Supper Club / Live Piano Bar – Marco Pierre White, Courtyard Bar and Grill, Donnybrook only €75
At Marco Pierre White, Courtyard Bar & Grill, Donnybrook, old school glamour, proper service and classic dishes are on the menu. When you walk in to Marco’s, accessed through a beautiful courtyard garden, you know you’ve signed up for more than just a decent dinner. Add to that, our live Piano Bar and a night on the town in Donnybrook is complete.
Taste Brioche in Ranelagh with a 5 course tasting menu for 2 people only €60
Brioche Ranelagh serves a concise menu of modern French tasting plates. Each dish is the size of a traditional starter, allowing you to experience a wider selection of dishes. We seek only the best in-season produce to ensure flavour is at a maximum. The menu showcases the very best of seasonal Irish produce with classic French techniques in a modern style.
Enjoy lunch in Rustic Stone by Dylan McGrath for 2 people only €24
Award-winning Irish Masterchef judge Dylan McGrath is one of the most exciting chefs in Ireland. Today we are offering you the chance to try lunch at Rustic Stone which is bringing class to casual dining and is considered one of the best restaurants in Dublin.
The Galway Food festival now in its 4th year will take place over the Easter bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th April. For these five days experience Galway as a veritable food mecca!. Over 60 individual food related events will take place in hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops throughout Galway city and county. 50 shades of Kale, the twelve apostles, Cava on the Corrib and Easter themed afternoon tea are just some of the fun food activities to enjoy!
Once we are made “Aware”, then there is no going back! I was told this by someone who has been in recovery and attending AA meetings for the past 20 plus years. Its true, once you come to terms with the importance of attempting to live your life more consciously everyday, then there really is no going back. Imagine the potential here. Suddenly you are put in touch with a totally different outlook in life.
NEW RESTAURANT FEATURE
On Friday 20th March 2015, Nick Munier held an “invite only” event to select friends & peers to showcase his latest venture “Avenue” – a play on the word “A Venue” which is located on Dublin’s Crow Street. Avenue houses two individual restaurants – Restaurant Munier & Eclair de Luxe, with the addition of two service bar areas over it’s 7,000 square feet.
CRAFT BEER FEATURE
It may be hard to believe but a craft beer brewery opens in the U.S. every 16 hours, that’s a lot of craft. At a time when beer sales are flat craft beer volume has recently hit a double digit share of the market. In Kentucky alone it is a $3 billion industry.
The wonderful crew behind the Dublin Cocktail Festival, Great Irish Beverages are bringing us the one we have all been waiting for – The Dublin Wine Festival. From April 20th to April 25th over twenty five of the city’s best bars and restaurants will take part in celebrating the wide range of wines on offer in Dublin venues.
Recipe from Chef Gavin McDonagh, his food philosophy has been wrought over the hot plates of some of Ireland’s finest establishments. An impressive career path that has included senior posts in Michelin Starred restaurants like L’Ecrivan and Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Ireland.