Showing posts with label ANNIE'S. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ANNIE'S. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Michelin's Best Pubs to eat in. And a few of my own!

Seafood platter at the Seaview Tavern in Malin.
The Michelin ‘eating out in pubs’ guide

Thirty-four Irish pubs spread across fifteen counties have secured listings in the 2014 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide just published. 

Is that too many? Too few? What do you think? Perhaps we have too many listings of the best this and the best that! Still, that won’t stop me from adding a few of my own, in red at the bottom! I ate in all of my recommendations this year.

By the way, I’m not saying that any of those listed shouldn’t be there. Don’t know them all obviously but I have enjoyed the high standards in places such as the Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna and Cronin’s in Crosshaven.
Hake & Scallops lunch in Murph's

Of the twenty-seven pubs in the Republic of Ireland, five are new listings – Byrne and Woods (Roundwood), Tavern (Murrisk), Fallon’s (Kilcullen), Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay) and Morrissey’s (Doonbeg). Three received Inspector’s Favourite listings – Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna), Deasy’s (Clonakilty) and Toddy’s at The Bulman (Kinsale).

Produced by leading tyre manufacturer Michelin, this year’s Guide recommends some 577 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 70 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food.

Noting that no one has to put up with bad food in a pub anymore, editor Rebecca Burr said that all pubs listed in the Guide have been “rigorously inspected” by a team of full-time inspectors – the same team who produce the famed Michelin Great Britain & Ireland restaurant guide.

The Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide 2014 is now available in bookshops and online priced at EUR14.99.

The full list of 2014 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide listings for Ireland is:
DOWN (7)
Pheasant (Annahilt), Coyle’s (Bangor), Lisbarnett House (Comber), Grace Neill’s and Pier 36 (both in Donaghadee) and The Parson’s Nose and The Plough Inn (both in Hillsborough)

CORK (6)
Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), An Súgan and Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale).

Morrissey’s (Doonbeg), Vaughan’s Anchor Inn (Liscannor), Wild Honey Inn (Lisdoonvarna) and Linnane’s Lobster Bar (New Quay)

MAYO (3)
Crockets on the Quay (Ballina), The Tavern (Murrisk) and Sheebeen (Westport)

Moran’s Oyster Cottage (Kilcolgan) and O’Dowd’s (Roundstone)

O’Neill’s Seafood Bar and QC’s (both in Caherciveen)

Ballymore Inn (Ballymore Eustace) and Fallon’s (Kilcullen)

Chop House (Ballsbridge)

Oarsman (Carrick-on-Shannon)

Fitzpatrick’s (Jenkinstown)

Hargadons (O’Connell Street, Sligo)

Larkin’s (Garrykennedy)

Fatted Calf (Glasson)

Lobster Pot (Carne)

Byrne & Woods (Roundwood)

My Tuppence Worth

SeaviewTavern  in Malin Head Village.
Olde Glen Bar in Carrickart.

The Market Kitchen at Murphy Brothers Bar (Ballina)

An Canteen (Dingle)

Blair’s Inn (Cloghroe)
The Rising Tide (Glounthaune)
Murph’s (East Ferry)
Charlie Mac’s (Fermoy)
Annie’s (Sunday’s Well)
Woodford (Paul Street, Cork)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nine most popular restaurant posts 2012

Nine most popular restaurant posts 2012
Many of you will miss
dining in the garden of
O'Brien's Chop House.

Amazingly, a restaurant review from November has taken more hits than any other this year (2012) and the review of the Chapel Steps in Bandon is our top post for the year. It has taken around 2,200 hits and that puts it well ahead of the others. Chef Kevin O'Regan can take much of the credit. He is helping upgrade Chapel Steps from a cafe to a restaurant and his previous restaurant, Electric, is number two on the list!

Sad to see that two of the nine, O'Brien's and Augustine's, are no longer open but newcomers such as Chapel Steps and Electric are wasting no time in claiming their places among your favourites.

1 - Chapel Steps (November)
2 - Electric (June)
6 - Stuart Bowes at Barnabrow (November)
7 - Jacobs on the Mall (October)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tom Crean Dining Experience at Annie’s

Tom Crean Dining Experience at Annie’s

Saturday night, at 18.35, we sat down to enjoy the Tom Crean Fresh Lager multi-course dinner in Annie’s Gastro-Pub. Why 18.35? Annascaul man Crean took part in 3 of the 4 Antarctic Expeditions and during the Terra Nova Expedition he undertook a superhuman 18hr 35 mile solo trek to save the life of his two companions.
The meal was also quite a voyage of discovery but a very pleasant one indeed as the kitchen team at Annie’s   came up with a string of class dishes, all incorporating the excellent lager made by the Dingle Brewing Company. The crew out front also did a marvellous job with only a couple of minutes between efficiently and courteously delivering a course to first and last client in the packed venue. It was the second night of the event and Friday went very well also.
Crean’s can be described as a fresh, clean, refreshing golden lager with a slight sweet taste. The soft flavours, slightly sweet aftertaste and rich golden colour combine to give you a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience. I’d be very happy to see it in my local. The brewers also boast that it goes well with food and that was well and truly confirmed in Annie’s.
Started off with a pint and then came the first dish: Pan fried fillet of Mackerel on Crean's Brown Bread. We were up and running with this brilliant tasty match. Then came the mussels and langoustines with smoked bacon and leeks in a Crean’s Broth. Creamy and delicious.
And the standard remained very high as the Risotto was served, Wild Mushroom and Roast Chestnut with a Cream Thyme Reduction. We were being spoilt now for sure.
For me, one of the best dishes of the evening followed: Crean’s Confit Roast Pork Belly, Parsnip Puree, Kale and Crean’s Jus.  This was a brilliant combination of textures and flavours.
And the inventive chefs weren’t finished yet. Up came another star plateful: Crean’s Braised Beef Cheek, Celeriac and Potato Rosti, Roast Beetroot and Chive Emulsion. So tender, so tasty.
Then we had the sweet finish, their take on Ile Flotante with Chilled Blueberry Anglaise and Crean’s Hazelnut Caramel. Sweet and cool. A class finish to a class meal. And still time for some music and another pint of that fresh lager!

The chefs at Annie's enjoy some well deserved lager.
From left - Mark Ahern, Chris Starr and Head Chef Micheál "Tiffin" Griffin

Saturday, May 21, 2011

ANNIE’S: Innovation and imagination


Innovation and imagination, two of the elements employed at Annie’s restaurant in Sunday’s Well to titillate the taste buds of their many customers. And they do it well. Tried it again on Friday night and came away happy after a meal that lacked neither quality nor quantity, served up with a smile (and chat) from Emma and her team.

Just take a look at the starters on their blackboard, eleven in all. We picked two but could have picked any of the others. Just means we’ll have to go back.

I really enjoyed my Poached Duck Egg salad served with Black pudding and caramelised apple (€8.00) and herself was very happy with the Pan fried smoked mackerel served with caramelised onion, cherry tomato and baby gem (€7.00).

My main course was Moroccan Lamb shank Tagine served with toasted almonds, sesame seeds, parsley, spicy chickpea and organic beetroot (€19.00). This was a big chunk of meat, so well cooked, falling off the bone. The chickpea came in a separate dish.

The other main course was Pan Roast Hake served with courgette, aubergine, peppers, basil oil and pepper coulis (€18.00). Both were spot-on, really delightful well balanced dishes. A side dish of vegetables was of the same high standard, cooked to perfection, neither too hard nor too soft.

There are about ten main dishes on offer and also quite a few desserts. We didn't think we’d manage the third course but couldn’t resist the Chai Crème Brule and Strawberry Tiramisu. The idea for the latter came from an Italian employee of Annie’s who borrowed the recipe from her grandmother. Gorgeous.

Wines are also on the blackboard (though little detail). We enjoyed a good Camparron Tempranillo (5.50) and an excellent Attis Albarino (7.50 per glass).

Wednesday, March 9, 2011



They have a big blackboard in Annie’s Gastro-pub  in Sunday’s Well. They need it. The menu, which changes daily and is drawn from Munster, the Midi and the Maghreb, is extensive, inviting and imaginative.

But it takes time to take in all the dishes. There are about 12 each of starters, mains and dessert, plus close to ten red wines and ten whites sold by the glass or bottle. As it happened, our table overlooked the main blackboard but I would really prefer a typed, even photo-copied, menu at the table, just to linger a little longer in anticipation of the fruits of the work of Head Chef Zico Ali, who has a French-Moroccan background.

The venue is on two levels, one slightly higher than the other, has an oval bar in the middle and is comfortable. Service is friendly, considerate and efficient.

Some delicious breads and oil were delivered to the table while we waited. My starter was:
Chargrilled squid marinated in Lime and Chilli, served with Chargrilled vegetables and slow roast tomato €8.00. A very promising start indeed and a clean plate went back.

The promise continued to be fulfilled in the mains: Pan Roast Snapper served with Celeriac and Fennell and a saffron sauce €22.00. The Snapper was done to perfection, the veg were perfectly tasty (not too hard, not too soft) and the sauce was probably one of the best I’ve ever come across. Fantastic stuff.

The desserts are squeezed onto the board. I spotted the Blueberry Cheesecake and dispatched a generous slice with pleasure. Wine was Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand, €5.50 a glass, €22.00  bottle, tangly and fresh and worth the money.

Highly recommended.

89 Sunday’s Well, Cork.
021 4398384