Showing posts with label restaurants. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Eight New Names in World's Top 50 Restaurants.

press release

El Celler de Can Roca celebrates a return to the top of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
Viva Espana

 Girona’s celebrated Roca brothers see their restaurant return to the No.1 spot
 White Rabbit in Moscow is named Highest New Entry, sponsored by LesConcierges
 Asador Etxebarri in Atxondo, Spain, is Highest Climber, sponsored by Lavazza
 Sydney’s Sepia is chosen as One To Watch, sponsored by Silestone by Cosentino
 Albert Adrià of Tickets in Barcelona is The World’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry®
 Daniel Humm wins Chefs’ Choice Award, sponsored by Gaggenau
 Relae takes the Sustainable Restaurant Award, sponsored by Pago Los Balancines
 Eight new restaurants gain a place in the 50 Best list



Last night, Spanish restaurant El Celler de Can Roca regained its title as The S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant. Previously the No.1 in 2013, the Roca brothers’ restaurant has continued to gain global recognition for its gastronomic prowess. The results were announced at the annual celebration of global gastronomy in London: The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants brings together a unique community of extraordinary culinary talent to celebrate global gastronomy. Featuring restaurants from 21 countries around the world across six continents, the list provides an annual barometer of the greatest gastronomic experiences across the globe.

El Celler de Can Roca was opened in 1986 by brothers Joan and Josep alongside their parents’ simple restaurant in Girona. In 2007, younger brother Jordi completed the trio that has since created a gastronomic phenomenon. Head chef Joan, sommelier Josep and 2014’s World Best Pastry Chef, Jordi Roca, have created a culinary experience which explores traditional Catalan ingredients combined with an extraordinary variety of cooking methods that stimulates diners’ senses, emotions and memories – whether via an evocative smell, an explosion of flavour or a visual trick. The food is matched with an ambitious array of wines and finished with a selection of Jordi’s magical masterpieces.

With seven restaurants in the 50 Best list, Spain has more than one reason to celebrate with Mugaritz remaining at No.6 and Tickets in Barcelona making its first appearance in the list at No.42. Albert Adrià of Tickets – and formerly pastry chef of El Bulli - is also recognised for his extraordinary talent as the 2015 World’s Best Pastry Chef, sponsored by Cacao Barry.

Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana has moved up to No.2 after two years occupying third place. Bottura’s ambitious creations are perfectly

executed and altogether enchanting, successfully balancing the demands of both heritage and modernity. Osteria Francescana is one of three Italian restaurants recognised on the list alongside Le Calandre in Rubano and Piazzo Duomo in Alba.

France boasts five restaurants in the 50 Best with Mirazur remaining at No.11 for the second year running, followed by L’Arpege in Paris which has climbed 13 places in 2015. 2013’s Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award winner Alain Ducasse celebrates a re-entry into the list at No.47 with the recently re-opened Au Plaza Athénée. 2015 also sees France’s Hélène Darroze take home the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef Award and Daniel Boulud awarded The Diners Club® Lifetime Achievement Award for his culinary successes around the globe.

With six restaurants on the list overall and one new entry, the USA also has many reasons to be proud of its elite restaurants. Eleven Madison Park in New York remains in the top five and claims the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in North America title. Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns outside New York makes its first appearance on the list at No.49.

South America boasts nine restaurants from across the region on the list. Central in Lima rises 13 places to No.4 and is crowned the Acqua Panna Best Restaurant in South America. Chile, Peru and Mexico all have new entries including Boragó, Maido, Quintonil and Biko respectively.

With seven restaurants recognised in the world list, Asia features twice in the top 10 for the first time. Gaggan in Bangkok rises seven places in the world ranking to No.10 with Narisawa, from Tokyo, moving up to No.8. China also celebrates a new entry at No.24 in the form of Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet.

William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, said: “It has been a hugely exciting year with such a variety of culinary talents celebrated here tonight. As the appetite for reaching new gastronomic heights continues to grow we feel privileged to play a part in this journey of discovery and are proud to bring together this unique community of extraordinary talent within the industry.”

How The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list is compiled

The list is created from the votes of The Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of almost 1,000 international leaders in the restaurant community. The Academy comprises 27 separate regions around the world, each of which has 36 members, including a chairperson, and each member casts seven votes. Of those seven, at least three votes must recognise restaurants outside of the academy member’s own region.

The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’. Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months. There is no pre-determined check-list of criteria, which helps to make the list as varied and open as possible.

This year, for the first time, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants is working with professional services consultancy Deloitte as its official independent adjudication partner. The adjudication by Deloitte will ensure that the integrity and authenticity of the voting process and the resulting list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 are protected.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Quarter One: The Restaurant File. Cafes too.

Good start to 2013
Meat Pie at Treyvaud's

It has been a fairly busy start to the New Year (not so new, I suppose!) and I've been able to visit quite a few restaurants and cafes, including some new to me.  Not all made the list below. You may check the reports by clicking on the names and you'll see that fish is a strong thread all the way through. Met Paolo Tullio late last year in Ballymaloe and he commented on the great availability of fish in Cork (as compared to Dublin) and these visits underline his experience. It is also very encouraging to see the trend of using local produce increasing all the time.
The lists, by the way, are in no particular order!
Chowder at Oysters

Restaurants
Fleming's Tivoli
The Barn Mayfield
Rico's Mardyke
The Rising Tide Glounthaune
Raymond's Midleton
Bunnyconnellan's Myrtleville
The Chapel Steps Bandon
Finn's Table Kinsale
Oysters at the Clarion
Mabel Crawford's at Vienna Woods Hotel
Bramley Lodge at Cobh Cross

Cafes
Idaho Caroline Street
Manning's Ballylickey
The Duchess Tea Rooms (Bandon)
The Lemon Leaf Kinsale
Diva Boutique Ballinspittle
Vikki's at Sunday's Well

Gastro-Pubs
Charlie Mac's Fermoy

Dublin
Toscana Dame Street
Brown Thomas The Restaurant Grafton Street

Kerry
La Cascade at Sheen Falls Kenmare
Mulcahy's Kenmare
Treyvaud's Killarney
The Strawberry Field (cafe on Sneem - Moll's Gap Road))

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Four Liars

The Four Liars

Spent an enjoyable ninety minutes or so in the Four Liars Bistro, in the shadow of Shandon, on Friday night. First impressions were good. The place was neat and tidy with solid but very comfortable tables and chairs. The standard table for two was more spacious than most.

We got a lovely warm welcome and the service was friendly throughout. Great too to read on the menu folder about their focus on local produce. The menu had been “put together with the best of local ingredients while adding a continental touch. All our food is sourced locally... our beef is from O’Flynn’s, Sunday’s Well, Chicken from the English Market, Fish from Good Fish, Carrigaline..”



I started off with a beauty: Lobster Bisque with Cognac and Cream. This, from the A La Carte, cost €9.50. A handful of prawns were in the very tasty bisque. The other starter, Duck Spring Rolls with Mango Chutney (7.25), was another excellent combination of taste and flavour.


Had been given one of those discount vouchers as a Christmas present and we used that to pick our mains from the Value Menu (which looks good value with three courses for 24.95). They also do an Early Bird with three courses for 19.95. The voucher also allowed us a drink, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer (no craft beer here, so had a Miller).

My mains was Chicken Creole sautéed in a sweet chilli and red wine sauce with Chorizo and sweet red peppers. A lovely piece of chicken, well cooked, spicy but not overly so and there was a really well made Potato Croquet also in the mix. And that wasn't all as we got a superb side plate of vegetables that included turnip, carrot and pea. Quite a pleasing dish, also quite filling and, if you didn’t have a voucher, reasonably priced at €15.00.



Between the various menus, there is a great choice. You may spend as much or as little as you like here, with mains on the A La Carte priced between €13.95 and €32.00. And, going by last Friday’s performance, I’d have no worries about quality. We enjoyed our visit and great to see another restaurant supporting local produce.

Four Liars Bistro,
The Butter Exchange,
Shandon,
Cork,
Ireland .

Contact:  021 4394040  and thefourliarsbistro@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Last night's Food Oscar winners

Garreth Byrne & Brid Hannon

Ross & Jessica Lewis

Last night's Food Oscars


Chapter One has scooped the Best Restaurant Award and Garrett Byrne, Head Chef at Campagne Restaurant in Kilkenny, has been crowned Best Chef in Ireland at the Santa Rita Irish Restaurant Awards 2012 which took place last night in the Burlington Hotel (Monday 14th May 2012).

Almost 700 industry peers attended Ireland’s leading Restaurant Awards where regional and
All-Ireland winners were announced in the following categories:


  • Chapter One (Dublin) Best Restaurant 2012 Sponsored by Santa Rita
  • Garrett Byrne for Campagne (Kilkenny) Best Chef 2012 Sponsored by Tipperary Water
  • The Long Room @ Doonbeg (Clare) Best Hotel Restaurant 2012 Sponsored By Pallas Foods
  • The Chop House (Dublin) Best Gastro Pub 2012 Sponsored by Faustino
  • O’Connells (Dublin) Best Casual Dining 2012 Sponsored By Joseph Drouhin
  • Harveys Point Hotel (Donegal) Best Customer Service 2012 Sponsored by Miele
  • West @ The Twelve Hotel (Galway) Best Wine Experience 2012 Sponsored by Thomas Barton
  • Ely Gastro Pub (Dublin) Best Kids Size Me Menu 2012 Sponsored by Heinz
  • Comeragh Mountain Lamb (Waterford) Local Food Hero 2012 Sponsored by Life Magazine

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Les Gourmandises the big winners at Munster Restaurants Awards


Top Restaurants in Munster Announced at Santa Rita Irish Restaurants Awards

The Munster Regional Final for the Restaurant Awards 2012 sponsored by Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took place in The Imperial Hotel, Tuesday 3rd April 2012.
Speaking at the awards last night, Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said
Since their inception, the Irish Restaurant Awards have cast a spotlight on Ireland’s hottest restaurants and chefs. They have become a byword for quality, class and achievement… The awards everyone wants to win. As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 5,000 nominations made for Ireland’sfavourite Restaurants, Chefs, Gastro Pubs, Hotel Restaurants and Local Food Heroes throughout the Country.
We celebrate the award winning cuisines and the great restaurateurs and chefs who have brought international recognition and accolades to the Irish restaurant scene.  We are the economic engine rooms in every town in Ireland, creating and maintaining much needed local employment.  Our industry has annual sales in excess of €2 billion and we employ 64,000 people.  In fact, we are the largest employer within the Irish Tourism Sector. And tonight, everyone is a winner’.
It was great to see  over 240 restaurateurs attend  the awards in the Ulster region this year., we look forward to seeing all of the Ulster County Winners in Dublin on the 14thMay 2012 where Regional and All Ireland winners will be announced’.
Nominations for the awards were made by readers of the Sunday Independent Life Magazine and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. All nominees are then assessed by Regional Judging panels, made up of Industry experts across the region.  Votes from the Consumer, Members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the Regional Judges are independently assessed by KPMG who give us our County Winner in each category.

All County winners will now compete for the Regional and All Ireland Title which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on Wednesday 14th May 2012.www.irishrestaurantawards.com . 
There are 3 components to phase two of the process. Each element is independently assessed by KPMG.
1. Mystery Guest Visit (35%) This component of the awards is conducted by Prism Consulting headed by Hugo Arnold, independent food writer and consultant. (http://www.hugoarnold.com). All County Winners receive a mystery guest visit throughout the month of April.
2. National Awards Academy (55%) Our National Awards Academy is made up representatives from each of the regional judging panels and will meet in May to Judge the County Winners.
3. Menu Judging (10%) All County winners and the Dublin Shortlist in each category are asked to submit a copy of their food menu and wine list for judging.



COUNTYCUSTOMER   SERVICE 
CLARETOWN HALL   BISTRO 
WATERFORDATHENAEUM   HOUSE 
TIPPERARYTHE FAIRWAYS   BAR 
LIMERICKTHE MUSTARD   SEED 
KERRYJACKS   COASTGUARD STATION 
CORKISAACS   RESTAURANT 
   
COUNTYGASTROPUB -   SPONSORED BY FAUSTINO 
CLARETHE ROADSIDE   TAVERN 
WATERFORDJACK MEADES 
TIPPERARYLARKINS 
LIMERICKTHE LOCK BAR 
KERRYSPILLANES BAR 
CORKTHE WOODFORD 
   
COUNTYCASUAL DINING   - SPONSORED JOSEPH DROUHIN 
CLAREL'ARCO 
WATERFORDMCLEARY'S 
TIPPERARYCAFE HANS 
LIMERICKLA CUCINA 
KERRYSOL Y SOMBRA 
CORKNASH 19 
   
   
   
   
COUNTYHOTEL   RESTAURANT 
CLARETHE LONG ROOM   @ THE LODGE DOONBEG 
CORKLONGUEVILLE   HOUSE 
KERRYCELLAR ONE   RESTAURANT @ THE ROSS HOTEL 
LIMERICKTHE OAKROOM   RESTAURANT @ ADARE MANOR 
TIPPERARYTHE OLD   CONVENT 
WATERFORDTHE MUNSTER   ROOM@ WATERFORD CASTLE 
   
COUNTYBEST CHEF -   SPONSORED BY TIPPERARY WATER 
CLAREWADE MURPHYTHE LODGE AT   DOONBEG
CORKPAT KIELYLES   GOURMANDISES
KERRYNOEL ENRIGHTTHE CHART   HOUSE
LIMERICKMARK DONOHUEADARE MANOR
TIPPERARYDERMOT GANNON  THE OLD   CONVENT
WATERFORDMICHAEL QUINNWATERFORD   CASTLE
   
COUNTYRESTAURANT-   SPONSORED BY SANTA RITA 
CLARETHE WILD   HONEY INN 
CORKLES   GOURMANDISES 
KERRYCHAPTER 40   RESTAURANT 
LIMERICKCORNSTORE   RESTAURANT 
TIPPERARYBROCKA ON THE   WATER 
WATERFORDO'BRIEN CHOP   HOUSE 
   
MUNSTER WINE   EXPERIENCEHAYFILED   MANOR, CO. CORK 
MUNSTER KIDS   SIZE METHE STONE   CUTTERS KITCHEN, CO. CLARE 
   

Friday, March 30, 2012

Impressive Lunch at Fresco Bistro

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FRESCO BISTRO


Fresco Bistro is a bright spot, almost hidden away in the tress of lower UCC and by the impressive bulk of the Glucksman Gallery directly above. But a spot worth visiting, as I found out when I called there yesterday. You walk into the Glucksman as normal and then go downstairs. This takes you to the Bistro and its floor to ceiling views of the college lawns and more importantly to some classy food.

Brian Casey, one of the principals, had invited me out to sample the meals and boy was I glad I took him up on it. Brian made another good move when serving us with soup while we waited. It was a Lamb Harira Moroccan style hearty lamb soup with chick pea, coriander, lemon, mint and tender lamb pieces (€5.00).

Eating and drinking in it as they say around this city but still light, slightly spicy, moderately aromatic and those little chucks of lamb were certainly tender. A brilliant combination even if the temperatures outside were around the 20c mark.

Quite a choice of main courses as you can see from the site but there are also a number of daily specials, marked on the blackboard.

CL choose the Nicoise Salad Grilled marinated fresh ahi tuna, on organic mixed leaf salad, tossed in a homemade tomato dressing (€8.95). Just superb, everything done to perfection. The salad, so nicely dressed, had a nice crunchy bite, but always a pleasure never a chore. Fantastic dish, fantastic price.

And I could say the same about mine: Seafood Risotto Risotto Cooked in a melange of seafood, fresh asparagus and wild mushroom €9.95. The colourful rice was packed with little pieces of fish, prawns, salmon and white fish and that fresh asparagus was a tasty contributor to the overall pleasure. Great stuff.

The good things continued with the desserts, both under a fiver. I thoroughly enjoyed my Flourless Chocolate Cake, lighter than normal. And CL was very happy with her Apple and Blackberry Tart. No mistaking the apple: real chunks by comparison with that ghastly goo that you see used in some other restaurants.

While I had heard good things about Fresco Bistro over the past few months, I must say I was surprised by the excellence of the dishes and the very competitive pricing. The location too is lovely, especially if the sun shines (there is an outdoor section). But, believe me, the food is so good, it is a place you can visit in any weather!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Top Restaurants in Ulster



Top Restaurants in Ulster Announced at Santa Rita Irish Restaurants Awards

The Ulster Regional Final for the Restaurant Awards 2012 sponsored by Santa Rita / Sunday Independent Life Magazine took place in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast Tuesday 27th March 2012.



CUSTOMER SERVICE
  
 ANTRIMBERTS JAZZ BAR@ THE   MERCHANT HOTEL
 ARMAGHPOT BELLY RESTAURANT
 CAVANMAC NEAN HOUSE &   RESTAURANT
 DERRYCITY HOTEL
 DONEGALHARVEYS POINT HOTEL
 DOWNCULLODON HOTEL
 FERMANAGHDOLLAKIS
 MONAGHANSNAFFLES   BRASSERIE@ CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEOYSTERS
GASTRO PUB  
SPONSORED BY FAUSTINOANTRIMTHE MORNING   STAR
 ARMAGHDIGBYS
 CAVANTHE   BLACKHORSE INN
 DERRYBADGERS BAR
 DONEGALHARRYS BAR
 DOWNCURRANS BAR
 FERMANAGHCUSTOMS  HOUSE
 MONAGHANANDY'S BAR
 TYRONETHE BREWERS   HOUSE
CASUAL DINING SPONSORED   BY JOSEPH DROUHIN  
 ANTRIMIL PIRATA
 ARMAGHZIO RESTAURANT
 CAVANPOL O D'S
 DERRYFLAMING JACKS
 DONEGALTHE HARBOUR
 DOWNSTRUDLE BISTRO
 FERMANAGHDOLLAKIS
 MONAGHANCONORS BAR@   CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEDELI ON THE GREEN
WINE EXPERIENCE  ULSTER SPONSORED BY THOMAS BARTON

 HARVEYS POINT CO. DONEGAL  
   

KIDS SIZE ME  ULSTER SPONSORED BY HEINZ

 THE OLD CASTLE BAR& REDHUGH RESTAURANT  
   
HOTEL RESTAURANT  
 ANTRIMRIVER ROOM RESTAURANT @   GALGORM RESORT & SPA
 ARMAGHNEWFORGE COUNTRY HOUSE
 CAVANSETANTA RESTAURANT@ THE   SLIEVE RUSSELL
 DERRYARDMORE RESTAURANT@ BEECH   HILL COUNTRY HOUSE
 DONEGALTHE WEEPING ELM   RESTAURANT @RATHMULLAN HOUSE
 DOWNPORTAFERRY   HOTEL
 FERMANAGHTHE CATALINA RESTAURANT@   LOUGH ERNE RESORT
 MONAGHANTHE   RESTAURANT@ NUREMORE HOTEL
 TYRONETHE KITCHEN   RESTAURANT@ TULLYLAGAN COUNTRY HOUSE
   
CHEF SPONSORED BY   TIPPERARY WATER  
 ANTRIMDAMIAN TUMILTY, CAFE   VAUDEVILLE
 ARMAGHDEAN COPPARD , ULURU
 CAVANGEAROID LYNCH, THE OLDE   POST INN
 DERRYIAN OAR, BROWNS   RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
 DONEGALKELAN MC MICHAEL,THE   WEEPING ELM@ RATHMULLAN HOUSE
 DOWNJOERY CASTEL, THE BOAT   HOUSE
 FERMANAGHNOEL MCMEEL , LOUGH ERNE   RESORT
 MONAGHANANDREW BRADLEY, SNAFFLES   RESTAURANT@CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEHAYDEN   GAMBLE, VANILLA
   
RESTAURANT SPONSORED BY   SANTA RITA  
 ANTRIMJAMES ST   SOUTH
 ARMAGHULURU
 CAVANMC NEAN HOUSE   & RESTAURANT
 DERRYBROWNS   RESTAURANT & CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE
 DONEGALTHE MILL   RESTAURANT
 DOWNTHE BOATHOUSE
 FERMANAGHWATERMILL   RESTAURANT
 MONAGHANSNAFFLES   RESTAURANT@ CASTLE LESLIE
 TYRONEVANILLA
   
  
   
   

FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE CONTACT ADRIAN CUMMINS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, RAI,             086 8263311      .