Restaurant Reviews

No, The Swashbuachaill is not quite the slacker you might believe him to be. While I may have written little or nothing for this particular station in many a long moon, I have nonetheless been a busy beaver and over the coming days (Months? Years? Next lifetime?) shall be adding restaurant reviews written for print publications, the stuff that actually pays the bills. They are primarily written for the Irish Examiner although I also writes and reviews for other publications. (Where some restaurants have been reviewed more than once, it is usually because there has been a radical departure in the restaurant’s offering, e.g., a new chef or a change of direction. And then there’s one or two I simply like returning to again and again!)

 

 

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/foodanddrink/restaurantreviews/restaurant-review-loam-galway-390812.html

 

 

 

CANTEEN, LIMERICK
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Joe McNamee
Down through the years, whether at home or abroad, I have always taken the ‘local temperature’, in a manner of speaking, by making a trip to a native barber …

 

 

 

 

MIYAZAKI, CORK
Saturday, November 28, 2015
By Joe McNamee
TO the 1.3 billion-plus population of China, the Yangtze River is a symbol of the nation’s greatness. To a generation of Corkonians, however, the Yangtze River will always be the Chinese Takeaway a few hundred yards from the island city centre of Cork …

 

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/foodanddrink/restaurantreviews/restaurant-reviewidasdingle-373066.html

 

ORCHIDS RESTAURANT AT HAYFIELD MANOR HOTEL, CORK
Saturday, September 19, 2015
By Joe McNamee
THROUGH the dimming twilight, it is Dearly Beloved (DB) who first spots the serried ranks of vintage Rolls Royces lined up at Hayfield Manor. Even I — no petrolhead — admit it is charming, very ‘Downton’, most appropriate for this bucolic ‘Country Home’ oasis in the middle of town …

 

 

THE TANNERY RESTAURANT, DUNGARVAN
Sunday, January 26, 2014
By Joe McNamee
THE high, bright dining room with a ceiling that climbs on into forever is buzzing and extraordinarily packed already, two weeks into January, the month of hairshirts and half-rations, with Christmas a vague memory …

BRIGHT FUTURE: the Perry Street Market Café is a clean, light, wholesome space, in contrast to the premises' previous incarnations as a dusty furniture store, and a dingy nightclub.

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/foodanddrink/restaurantreviews/cork-perry-street-market-cafe-254802.html

 

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/foodanddrink/restaurantreviews/cork-christmas-spirit-in-greenes-restaurant-252483.html

 

PEPPER BRASSERIE, DUBLIN
Sunday, December 01, 2013
By Joe McNamee
SITED in The Bram Stoker Hotel, an attractive old Georgian pile perched on Dublin Bay, the omens bode well for the newly opened Pepper Brasserie & Grill …

 

THE FISH BAR @ THE ELECTRIC
Sunday, November 17, 2013
THE Fish Bar proprietors are serious operators, always keeping a gimlet eye on international restaurant trends. Each move is carefully calibrated, nothing left to chance, so even ‘casual’ is highly calculated …

 

HOUSE CAFE AT CORK OPERA HOUSE
By Joe McNamee
Sunday, October 20, 2013
THE addition of a glorious glass facade just over a decade ago transformed an erstwhile ugly duckling Cork Opera House, giving a local institution a face befitting its legendary status …

 

 

ORSO, CORK
Sunday, September 22, 2013
By Joe McNamee
They have near made a virtue of the restricted space in Orso. With Moorish-style tiling and soft twinkling lights, it is akin to stumbling on a narrow little old-town bar in southern Spain …

 

GREENE’S, CORK
Saturday, January 28, 2012
By Joe NcNamee
GREENE’S opening gambit is an exterior most restaurants would kill for: off a busy city street, through an old stone archway to a secluded natural waterfall …

STAR ANISE, CORK
Saturday, February 11, 2012
By Joe McNamee
IN the days before Dearly Beloved and I were blessed with those small, nocturnal creatures that subsist on a strict diet of hard cash and parental resolve, we were fond of Star Anise for a little mid-week morale booster …

THE ELECTRIC, CORK
Saturday, February 25, 2012
By Joe McNamee
THE Electric experience begins on the phone. A reservation is almost an afterthought on a cold midweek Champions League night in February, but …

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/foodanddrink/switch-on-the-senses-184879.html

SAGE RESTAURANT, MIDLETON
Saturday, January 14, 2012
By Joe McNamee
WHILE there will always be charlatans in the restaurant trade — as in all walks of life — the huge surge in promoting local produce on Irish menus is, for the most part, genuine. But those chefs truly embracing the concept of ‘Eat Local’ are a much rarer breed …

http://www.examiner.ie/weekend/foodandwine/a-wise-choice-179944.html

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