December 2014 Edition

December Magazine

You are viewing TheTaste.ie December Magazine. In this months edition of TheTaste.ie, Nick Munier looks at what makes a perfect restaurant. We go behind the scenes with Ross Lewis to see what is important to him. We have an 4 exclusive dining out offers, including an exclusive invitation to be the first to see Dylan McGraths NEW Rustic Stone Cocktail Bar and an amazing competition from Chapter One. We review new restaurant Stanley’s and look into people still love the Westbury, plus lots more…

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Cleaver East by Oliver Dunne
In the King’s Kitchen by Robert Jacob

FOOD FEATURE

Considered by many to be one of the greatest chef, Ross lewis‘s Michelin Star Restaurant, Chapter One is without doubt regarded as the best in Ireland. Waiting for Ross at the Chef’s table overlooking the open plan kitchen, with chefs radiating energy as they cook and interact with each other, brought back many happy memories as I was fortunate to have been trained and worked here as a Chef many moons ago.

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What makes a Great Restaurant? by Nick Munier

FOOD FEATURE

Picture the seen, soft lit mood-lighting, a bustling & atmospheric ambiance, an aroma of tantalising flavours that evoke the senses & an array of beautiful smiling faces greeting you with a warmth and familiarity that instantly puts you at ease……yes, that well known brand of lager don’t do “The perfect restaurant” – but if they did, boy would it tick all the boxes!!!

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COMPETITIONS
CHAPTER ONE

Win a €150 voucher for Michelin Star Restaurant Chapter One

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ACHILL HAMPER

Win a Flavours of Achill Island Christmas Hamper

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DINING OUT OFFERS
Cleaver East by Oliver Dunne

DINING OUT OFFER

Cleaver East 2 Course Lunch for 2 only €29.95 by Michelin Star Chef Oliver Dunne. This offer is a really treat this Christmas either for yourself, for a friend or as the Office kris kindle. Whoever gets this treat will enjoy the new lunch menu, with 2 courses of the highest standard per person and lunch in the uber cool Cleaver East restaurant.

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SABOR BRAZIL

Top Brazilian Taste – 7 course tasting menu for 2 for €99 at Sabor Brazil, Dublin, No.1 Rated TripAdvisor

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RUSTIC STONE

To celebrate the opening of the new Bar above Rustic Stone, Dylan is offering 4 delicious cocktails for only €20

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DUBLIN WINE ROOMS

€49.99 for a 2 Course Dinner for 2 plus a Glass of Prosecco each at the stunning Dublin Wine Rooms

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GOURMET FOOD PARLOUR

Dine in style this Christmas at Gourmet Food Parlour from only €40 available in Malahide, Swords & Dun Laoghaire

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CHRISTMAS GIFTS


The Ice House – A Nordic Gem in Ballina

REGIONAL RESTAURANT FEATURE

Based in the heart Ballina sitting on the river Moy, the Ice House has a nordic feel surrounded by the Beleek forest and is a mix of rustic meets modern, which can be seen throughout the Hotel.

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Cocktails by Candlelight

DRINKS FEATURE

For a while now we have seen very tempting photos in our twitter feed from the Candlelight bar in Dundrum, always promising a visit, well last week we did just that. Location wise, it is situated in the outdoor courtyard beside the very popular Harvey Nichols. The Candlelight bar is actually part of the Siam Thai restaurant, however it is on the second floor completely separate from the restaurant itself.

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Chameleon 20 Years of Success

DUBLIN RESTAURANT FEATURE

Chameleon in Temple Bar has had an enduring presence on the Dublin Food Scene since the mid 90’s and recently celebrated its 20 anniversary. An outstanding achievement indeed, in an industry where only a mere 7% sees it through their first birthday.

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Santa’s Favourite Tipple by Robert Jacob

WHISKEY FEATURE

Embrace the festive season this year in style & celebrate Christmas 2014 with panache. There is the traditional, that requires the little black dress, three rows of pearls, fresh holly and the heavy spiced dark red mulled wine, that will have you rooting for the headache tablets on Christmas morning.

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Slick Addition to St. Andrew’s Street – Stanley’s Review

NEW RESTAURANT FEATURE

Stanley’s was revealed rather quietly only four days ago and purposely so to iron out any opening creases. Run by brothers Stephen and Paddy McArdle of the much loved Arch Bistro in Churchtown, the guys have decided to bring Stephen’s modern Irish cuisine to the masses of the very busy St. Andrew’s Street.

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Stanleys Restaurant

Lidl’s New Irish Craft Beer Range by @IrishBeerSnob

CRAFT BEER FEATURE

Those that know me, know that I’m a passionate advocate for Craft Beer. Something though has irked me for a while. There is a sense of elitism, and excuse the pun, snobbery taking hold in some quarters. No different to how wines were promoted in the 80s. To me this doesn’t serve the wider industry well if we focus on one single segment.

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COOKING INSPIRATION
RECIPE

Javanese Short-rib of beef from Kevin O’Toole of Chameleon Restaurant

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RECIPE

Cranberry & Orange Alternative Christmas Cake By Niamh Mannion

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