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Upscale Dublin or Ireland restaurants in general

onlydon Apr 10, 2012 02:12 PM

I'm visiting Ireland for a food trip this summer and I'd love some advice on the best restaurants, not just in Dublin really but anywhere in Ireland since I'll be driving around a lot. I'm interested in the high end places and the only obvious on to me is Patrick Guilbaud although I've heard good things (and possibly a few bad things too) about Chapter one and L'Ecrivain. Can anyone who's been around a little in the Irish food scene give me pointers and recommendations?

Outside Dublin I don't really have a clue and I'd be thrilled if someone could give me help. Thanks in advance!

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    onlydon Apr 10, 2012 03:16 PM

    One futher comment, I tend to prefer the more modern and informal places, as opposed to classical elegance and that sort of thing. From what I read about L'Ecrivain, it should be a perfect match, am I right?

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      rrems Apr 10, 2012 08:37 PM

      I think you would like Pearl Brasserie. Where else in Ireland will you be going besides Dublin?

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        onlydon Apr 10, 2012 11:40 PM

        Thanks for the tip.
        I'd be going everywhere really since it's my first time in the country. Certainy the other cities like Galway etc. Since I have a car I don't necessarily have to dine in the cities. Any place with creative cooking, in the city or out in the countryside would be of interest!

        1. re: onlydon
          daves2009 Apr 11, 2012 07:04 AM

          The Cliff House hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford (on the south coast) has an excellent restaurant. For a splurge in Dublin, Pearl is excellent as is Thorntons (although i'd rank it higher for food than atmosphere). In Galway, I've never really done upscale; I would recommend Morans on the Weir outside the city for some seriously good oysters.

          1. re: onlydon
            rrems Apr 11, 2012 07:07 AM

            My favorites were Kirwan's Lane in Galway, Moran's Oyster Cottage (near Galway), The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry (near Limerick) and The Ivory Tower in Cork.

            1. re: rrems
              kerriar Apr 13, 2012 07:15 AM

              Patrick Guilbaud is a place onto itself - lunch (and lunch only - but particularly Saturday) is good value by two star levels, unrushed, and the staff is a great combination of French style and Irish charm.
              Morans - a good waterside pub serving good oysters - no more, no less.
              If it's open when you are there, the best place to eat in Ireland may be John Desmond's on Heir Island. http://islandcottage.com/ Not easy to reach but worth th effort.

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          DublinChow Apr 13, 2012 08:32 AM

          Two new places at the forefront of creative Irish cooking:
          The chef at anair in galway spent time at noma in copenhagen and is bringing the same philosophy to the west.
          The chef at Gregans Castle hotel, mickael viljanen, tipped for a star last year, has moved to the newly-opened Greenhouse in Dublin and getting excellent reviews. A star or two there in the future.

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          1. re: DublinChow
            onlydon Apr 17, 2012 08:28 AM

            Wow, thanks for all the excellent advice!
            By now I'm certainly all set for Dublin. If you have anything else for anywhere else around the island, feel free to post. :)

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              Patricko Apr 19, 2012 04:35 AM

              I will second the recommendation for The Greenhouse...without doubt the most exciting food happening in Ireland at the moment

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                chicfille Apr 22, 2012 03:53 PM

                Many thanks, we're changing from Pearl Brasserie to Greenhouse.

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