Food and Drink Spotting

Butterflied Chicken at Lee Valley lunch.
Food and Drink Spotting

Deals in Meals

Came across some good deals in meals this week, starting with a lunchtime visit to the Lee Valley Golf Club . They have a two for one offer on a list of main courses that includes a couple of chicken dishes and some Asian dishes (including Thai curries). Most come in about a tenner. The two for one offer is on for the rest of this month but only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

There is an Italian Restaurant in Dublin, on Dame Street, opposite Castle Hill, called Toscana  and here you may enjoy a two course lunch for just a tenner. Quite a nice place and the deal includes still or sparkling water or a soft drink. You have five starters and eight mains to choose from.

If you are in Dublin and indeed an early evening meal then head for the Cliff Town House  on St Stephen’s Green (north). Here, between 5.30 and 6.30pm, you can enjoy a gorgeous top notch two course meal for twenty euro (3 for €25.00). Plenty of choice here also and I certainly enjoyed it on my way to see Ireland beat Poland.

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O'Callaghan's Delicatessen & Café

Don't forget we're open next Saturday Night, February 16 with 'O'Callaghan's at Nite'. We have a seasonal tasting menu prepared. It’s suitable for Valentines to take your loved one out but it is most certainly not confined to Valentines! There is no theme!!! Call 025-24657 to book your place. We have gotten so much positive feedback to all our other Tasting Nites so why not come and see what the fuss is about?! You won't be disappointed, I promise!

O’Donovan’s Off Licence

Gary O' Donovan is getting all romantic for Valentine's Day..Here is what he's recommending for the big day.."Champagne Jacquart Rose N/V half price at €29.99, The Red berry aromas give way to notes of plum on the nose. Tastes fresh and full and has a fine finish with notes of peach and apricot, I also recommend Yellow Tail Bubbles N/V €12.99.Here is a wine that offers awesome flavour, fizzy texture and a hint of sweetness to make drinking effortless. Pop the cork, away you go! Simple. Aromas of vibrant tropical fruits, a dash of lime juice and a hint of fresh cut flowers. Flavours of soft, creamy fizz with a little tropical fruit sweetness for good measure" You heard it here you can impress your other half with your vast knowledge! We won't tell!


Douglas Tea Room. 

Have you tried our three course €20 meal? We open late every Fri & Sat, getting lovely feedback so far!

Ballymaloe House
The annual RNLI fundraising dinner in aid of the Ballycotton lifeboat will take place at the Grainstore, Ballymaloe on Friday the 15th of February. Live music after dinner with Finnegan's Wake. Tickets are still available and cost €70. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Blaitnaid on 0874151475/ Details here

Cafe Paradiso

Chefs and student chefs who would like to do a stage in the Paradiso kitchen will be interested to hear that we've put a bit of organised structure to the process. Even more so to hear that we now have accommodation overhead for out of town stagieres...