September 2015 Edition

September Magazine

In this month’s edition of TheTaste.ie we have covered Cork, Belfast, Westmeath, Waterford, Cavan and Dublin. We have some brand new competitions from The Marker, Brioche and Insomnia. Our best edition of cooking inspiration from some top chefs such as Ken Heffernan of Fota Island Resort, Shane Smith, Paula Stakelum of Ashford Castle and Jess Murphy of Kai Galway. More from our ever popular wine paired recipes. Whiskey and craft beer selections, with the addition of our “Weekly Wine Spotlight”. Restaurant reviews on Faithlegg, Luna, Pichet and TheFatted Calf to name but a few and as always we bring you some of best dining out experiences from a selection of the top restaurants and hotels such as L’Ecrivain, Adare Manor, Tankardstown, Marco Pierre Whites and many more. We are very proud at TheTaste to be teaming up with a sponsor with the calibre of Bauknecht.

 
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EXCLUSIVE LUXURY ESCAPE
The Ice House Hotel Mayo

LUXURY ESCAPE

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.

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Castlemartyr Resort

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.

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Adare Manor

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.

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MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT
A Culinary Beacon in Belfast – James Street South Restaurant Review

FEATURED REVIEW

Belfast has come a long way in the hospitality stakes, anyone who has visited the city recently would find it unrecognizable from 15 years ago. Now Belfast is home to a buzzing, vibrant cultural scene. Restaurants in particular are popping up all around the city to feed the appetite for unique dining experiences. Belfast has also been a breeding ground for many talented young chefs and Niall McKenna owner of the acclaimed James Street South.

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RESTAURANT REVIEWS
Total Eclipse – SMS Luna Restaurant Review

DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW

When friends asked us last week if we fancied trying out the latest hotspot Luna on Dublin’s Drury Street, have to admit we were slightly hesitant. I guess the old saying “never judge a book by it’s cover” springs to mind as expectation and reality can often be two very different things.

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All the Right Ingredients – Sage Restaurant

CORK RESTAURANT REVIEW

It seems like ages since I have visited Cork so I was delighted that a scheduled family trip to see my sister-in-law who lives there had finally come around. Knowing that we were going to be in the Rebel County for a few days, I booked a table for dinner on our first night, in Sage Restaurant.

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Get Away From It All At Faithlegg House Hotel

WATERFORD RESTAURANT REVIEW

Did you ever just feel like you need to down tools and get away? Just twenty four hours away from the hustle and bustle of life can do wonders for recharging your batteries and I have found the perfect place to do this. Somewhere away from the madding crowds where you can take a walk in manicured gardens before enjoying sumptuous food. I have found Faithlegg House Hotel nestling in the Waterford countryside.

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The Fatted Calf’s Rebirth

WESTMEATH RESTAURANT REVIEW

I was saddened when the Fatted Calf, previously located in Glasson, County Westmeath, closed its doors early in the New Year and I have been eagerly waiting for it to re-open. I was a great fan of Head Chef Feargal O’Donnell’s food and regularly dined there as I only live a short distance away. I loved the easy informality of the Bar and Restaurant and over the years must have tried most of the dishes on the menu.

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Pichet Pushes On – Restaurant Review

DUBLIN RESTAURANT REVIEW

Dublin has seen some huge changes in the restaurants scene in the last couple of years and not just with the explosion of eateries but also with the choice on offer. No better example of change than Pichet on Dublin’s Trinity Street.

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WINE ARTICLES
AFTERNOON TEA TREATS
Cleaver East

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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.

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Spanish Wines

EXCLUSIVE WINE OFFER

Explore the best of Spanish Wines – 6 Carefully Selected Award Winning Wines delivered to you for only €99

A fantastic case of award winning wines from some of Spain’s great wineries all for €99 including free delivery anywhere in Ireland. Exclusively selected for TheTaste readers in conjunction with Distinctive Drinks and Deveney’s of Dundrum.

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The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh

EXCLUSIVE WINE OFFER

The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh is offering 2 glasses of wine for only €10

The Exchequer is one of the most popular wine bars in Ranelagh with an extensive wine list consisting of over 100 selections, with approximately 35 by the glass, classic cocktails with a twist, Irish craft beers and food menus that are both inviting to the eye and delicious on the palate, all make The Exchequer Wine Bar the epitomy of the quintessential wine bar.

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The Exchequer Dublin 2

EXCLUSIVE BAR OFFER

The Exchequer Dublin 2 is offering either a Hendricks Tea Party or a Pitcher of beer for 2 people only €12

The Exchequer is the hottest bar in Dublin 2 and serves award winning food accompanied by a concise but delicious wine menu, an extensive range of worldly beers, and unique and exciting cocktails served in casual, relaxed and comfortable surroundings.

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The Dylan Hotel

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

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

The Dylan has always been a hot spot in Ballsbridge, tucked away on Eastmoreland place, this hotel is one of Ireland’s best boutique hotels. They have now opened their new restaurant called the Tavern with executive chef Mark Bodie. Today we have secured a tasting treat for you, allowing you to sample the very best of what the Tavern has to offer with a 3 course dinner and a bottle of wine.

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Adare Manor

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.

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l’Ecrivain Restaurant

MICHELIN TASTE OFFER

Experience Derry & Sallyanne Clarke’s l’Ecrivain Restaurant (Best Chef in Dublin at Food & Wine Awards 2015) 9 course dinner tasting menu for 2 people with a glass of Champagne on arrival for only €125 – This offer is valued at €200

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 26 years, with food of the highest standard. Today, we are giving our loyal foodies the chance to experience an 9 Course tasting menu for 2 people with a glass of Champagne on arrival for only €125. This is a Michelin Star Tasting menu we highly recommend!

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The Spencer Hotel

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Dine in The Spencer Hotel – East Restaurant with a 2 course dinner for 2 people with Tea & Coffee & a bottle of wine for €50

Ever wanted to find out what The Spencer Hotel is all about? This stylish boutique hotel has food at the heart of its experience with some of the greatest Asian gourmet dishes. We have secured a new taste experience for our readers, with this amazing offer from their East Restaurant. For only €50 you can enjoy any 2 Courses with Tea & Coffee & a bottle of wine. You get to decide which 2 courses you want, you have the option of a Starter & Main or a Main & Dessert.

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Tankardstown House

AWARD WINNING DINNER OFFER

Award winning dinner in Tankardstown House for 2 people including a 7 course tasting menu only €90

This is an award winning dining experience that we highly recommend. This Culinary hotspot in meath 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

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Beeftro

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

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

If you have dined in Beeftro you will understand why they were the best selling dining offer in July this year and are getting rave reviews at the moment. This is your chance to either dine again or taste for the first time, one of the hottest new restaurants in Dublin. As one of the best steakhouses in Dublin, Beeftro aim’s to bridge the gap between laid-back bistro dining and steakhouse meaty goodness.

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Marco Pierre White

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Marco Pierre White is offering 4 Course Dinner for 2 people with Bottle of Wine at the Friday Night Supper Club only €75

To celebrate Marco Pierre White, Donnybrook being the NEW HOME of TV3’s The Restaurant, we have their hugely popular Supper Club Experience Offer.

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Fade Street Social

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Fade Street Social By Dylan McGrath – Select 6 of Dylan McGrath’s Tapas for 2 people with a Bottle of Wine for only €50

Fade Street Social is the place to eat in Dublin at the moment. Night after night it’s packed with diners enjoying an exciting array dishes dreamed up by Dylan McGrath. The Gastro Bar is relaxed and stylish, serving innovative, small plates that are full of flavour.

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Dax Restaurant

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Taste Dax Restaurant, best restaurant in Dublin 2014 with a 6 course dinner for two only €60

Awarded Best Restaurant in Dublin in the 2014 Irish Restaurant Awards and nominated as Best Restaurant in Dublin and Ireland for the past three years in Food & Wine Magazine Restaurant of the Year Awards, the National Hospitality Awards and Irish Restaurant Awards, Dax is lauded by food writers and critics as well as its many fans.

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The Beacon Hotel

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Dine in The Beacon Hotel – MyThai Restaurant with a 2 course dinner for 2 people with Tea & Coffee & a bottle of wine for €50

Ever wanted to find out what The Beacon Hotel is all about? This stylish boutique hotel has food at the heart of its experience with some of the greatest Asian gourmet dishes. We have secured a new taste experience for our readers, with this amazing offer from their MyThai Restaurant.

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Koh Restaurant

EXCLUSIVE DINNER OFFER

Taste Koh Restaurant with a 3 course dinner plus a bottle of wine for 2 people for only €50

An ideal venue for elegant, yet fun, dining and drinking, Koh is located beside the Morrison Hotel and offers a complete night out under one roof. The Restaurant is renowned for sumptuous, uncompromising Thai/Asian cuisine, while the Cocktail Bar serves classic and original cocktails from the vast spirit range. Food is available in both the Restaurant and the more casual Cocktail Lounge every day from midday.

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Sabor Brazil Restaurant

NO.1 TRIPADVISOR TASTE

Top Brazilian Taste – 7 course tasting menu for 2 for €120 at Sabor Brazil, Dublin, valid 5 days per week for 12 months, No.1 Rated Restaurant in Dublin on TripAdvisor

Sabor Brazil is an unforgettable dining experience ran by Tom & Marco, who combine style, charm and delicious food all into your romantic night. When you walk into the restaurant you will see from the decor why people fall in love with this small hidden gem. This restaurant has consistently held on to the No.1 Rated Restaurant in Dublin on TripAdvisor for the last 3 years.

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Win a bottle of Taittinger Champagne to celebrate Taittinger on the Lawn at InterContinental Dublin

COMPETITION

We have a beautiful bottle of Taittinger Champagne to give to one lucky reader. This prize is from the exclusive InterContinental Dublin Hotel, as they promote their Taittinger on the Lawn for the Dublin Horse Show.

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TOP CHEF INTERVIEWS
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A Taste of Cavan – The Olde Post Inn Review

CAVAN RESTAURANT REVIEW

Gearoid Lynch has earned his stripes in some seriously impressive kitchens such as the renowned Thornton’s and Le Coq Hardi and in 2002 himself and his wife Tara took on the adventurous task of renovating a building over 150 years old and creating what you will find there today, a stunning country retreat.

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Adrian Cummins of the RAI on the Chef Shortage

INDUSTRY FEATURE

The shortage of chefs in Ireland has now reached crisis levels and is threatening the hospitality industry. An investment in training is needed urgently. The RAI is calling on the Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan to re – establish CERT, the former State Tourism Training Agency.

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Green Man Wines Review

NEW WINEBAR FEATURE

Brunch seems to be synonymous with greasy, fatty foods smothered in sauces but in Powerscourt Centre on South William Street a different brunch movement is happening. ‘Why wait til Monday to eat clean’ is the ethos behind brunch at Counter Culture, a healthy eating eatery by Ronan Ryan and his wife Pamela Flood.

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The World’s Best Restaurants With a View

INDUSTRY FEATURE

For culinary enthusiasts, eating great food becomes a gastronomical event simply by adding a great view. This Summer we have all endured some awful food experience envy as people posted jealousy inducing snaps of their holidays.

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Rock Lobster – Where Fish Reigns Supreme

SOUTH DUBLIN FEATURE

As far as dining in Dundrum Town Centre is concerned, hungry punters are spoiled for choice. There is something for everyone, including the kids. For seafood lovers, you can’t go wrong with Rock Lobster above Harvey Nichols.

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Taste the Best of Waterford at the Harvest Festival Tasting Menu

WATERFORD FESTIVAL FEATURE

Last year the Restaurant Association of Ireland launched Foodie Towns, a competition to find Ireland’s best locations for food experiences catering to both tourists and locals. Dingle was honoured with the title and rumours abound that the Kerry town is a hot favourite again for this year’s accolade.

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Home is Where the Hartley’s Is – Review

SOUTH DUBLIN LUNCH

Most people dining in Dún Laoghaire tend to do so when the sun is shining and the harbour offers some striking views. Unfortunately we happened to visit on a wet and windy Wednesday. Taking shelter from the weather we were greeted warmly in Hartley’s, a local institution since it opened in 2007.

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OX Wins Prestigious Editors’ Award for Restaurant of the Year

BELFAST FEATURE

The Good Food Guide celebrates Britain’s best restaurants and the top entries and award-winners in the 2016 Good Food Guide have been revealed today ahead of the launch of its 65th anniversary issue, with Belfast restaurant OX winning the prestigious Editors’ Award for Restaurant of the Year.

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DRINKS ARTICLES
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.


Kevin Dundon

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This week, Loin of Bacon Recipe with Irish Mist Glaze by Kevin Dundon.

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