Tuesday, 30 April 2013

L'ECRIVAIN Restaurant , lower baggot street, Dublin 2

A recent visit to" L'Ecrivain Restaurant " the Michelin Star  establishment run by Head Chef Owner Derry Clarke  and his charming wife Sally Anne Clarke , on Lower Baggot street , Dublin 2 was once again a fantastic evening with great food and superb service .

We were warmly received on arrival and offered whether to go up to our table immediately or to have an aperitif at the bar . We opted to go straight up to our table , where we settled into the soft couches and comfort of the dinning room . The place was busy and there was a great vibe . Our friendly and knowledgeable waiter talked us through the menu  . In fact, he was most attentive throughout the whole evening . The owners were present as well and were most charming .

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Irish Times... Saturday 27 th April... News Review

IRISH TIMES ... The Social Network... With James Gibbons & Meadhbh McHugh ...Opel Adam Launch.


Thursday, 18 April 2013

" A Japanese feast ... A Simple Art "

Discovering the essence of Japanese Cuisine doesn't rely only with it's emphasis on simplicity , a balance of textures, flavours & colours or artful presentation , But most importantly, it's in tune with the seasons, so as when seasonal vegetables and condiments change, so does the dishes throughout the year . It's learning to live and cooking with the seasons and with what is growing and available all around you .
The Cooking methods used are very simple and quick, to ensure that the food is never overcooked, but that the flavour is sealed in and that it remains as close to it's natural state as possible . In fact , raw food plays an important role in Japanese Cuisine .  From Slicing ( sashimi ) , Grilling ( yakitori ) , Simmering ( miso soup , ramen or dishes cooked in a broth ), Steaming ( delicate egg dishes , tofu , fish & vegetables placed on kelp leaves ) , Hand rolling ( sushi ) , Frying ( tempura ) to Pickling ( vinegared salads & pickles ).

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

OUZOS . BAR & GRILL ... Dalkey. Co Dublin . @OuzosDublin

Nestled in the heart of Dalkey Village , on Castle street resides " OUZOS . BAR & GRILL ". The interior reflects a classic french style bistro bar . The type of place to meet up with friends for long lazy lunches or Supper a` deux at the weekend .
We received a very warm welcome from  Fiona , who sat us down at a table in the front part of the restaurant. Large windows provided great people watching potential but today being good Friday , the main street was fairly deserted . Our charming waitress ran us through the daily specials before leaving us to peruse the large laminated menu. On one side, featured the works of Gerard Byrne , a local artist and on the other, an extensive menu with emphasis on prime Irish Angus and Hereford Beef and locally caught Fish, Brown Crab, Lobster, Scallops and Shrimp as well as a selection from fishermen from Kilkeel in Co Down .