Which Restaurants Are The Best In Ireland?

01 Oct 2018 | 06.39 pm

Which Restaurants Are The Best In Ireland?

The verdict from Michelin

01 Oct 2018 | 06.39 pm

A Japanese restaurant in Cork, Ichigo Ichie, is among fourteen restaurants on the island of Ireland to be awarded a Michelin Star in the latest edition of the eponymous guide.

Ichigo Ichie — which translates as ‘once in a lifetime’ — is joined by two other Cork restaurants in receiving the recognition, Mews in Baltimore and Chestnut in Ballydehob. All three are first time recipients.

Restaurants to hold their Michelin Star from previous years are the two-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and the one-star Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Greenhouse in Dublin city, and Heron & Grey in Blackrock village.

Elsewhere, other one-star restaurants are Aniar and Loam (Galway City), Campagne and Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel (Kilkenny), Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna (Clare) and House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore (Waterford).

In Northern Ireland, two Belfast restaurants, Eipic and Ox, have also retained their Michelin star status.

It’s the cuisine of chef Takashi Miyazaki which has brought Ichigo Ichie its new star. His restaurant has introduced kappou-style dining to Ireland, and Miyazaki is well trained in fusion teppanyaki cooking. He sets out to combine Japanese culinary craft and art with Irish seasonal ingredients to create dishes that he prepares and serves, cross-counter, in what he calls ‘a one-to-one environment’.

Mews Restaurant says it’s founded on the principle of exploring “the extraordinary variety of natural ingredients” that the region has to offer. It serves a tasting menu based on local produce obtained directly from small farmers, market gardeners, foragers and local fishermen.

Chestnut in Ballydehob is relatively new to the West Cork dining circuit, created by Cork-born chef Rob Krawczyk. Again, local seasonal ingredients rule, and Krawczyk says he was influenced by his parents’ strong culinary and artistic heritage while growing up in nearby Schull.

Apart from the much-desired stars, Michelin has handed out its Bib Gourmand awards, with five new eateries added to the list of establishments offering good food at affordable prices of €40 or less for a three-course meal.

The new outlets in the south are Clanbrassil House  on Clanbrassil Street in Dublin; Tartare Café & Wine Bar  in Galway city; Brownes of Tuam; and Dillon’s in Timoleague, Co Cork. In Northern Ireland, Clenaghan’s Restaurant, near Aghalee, joins the list of seven Bib Gourmand establishments in the area.

Altogether, this year’s Guide lists a total of 341 establishments in the Republic and 71 in Northern Ireland, including many that offer overnight accommodation.

The 2019 Michelin Guide Great Britain and Ireland costs €19.

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