2014 at Gin & Griddle – The Favourites!

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Here we are at the end of 2014 – what a year for food and drink happening and openings in Dublin. So many new places popping up along with the mainstays of the city. For a foodie, this is a great place to be living at the moment… I’ve a massively long list of places I would like to visit in the next few months!

Back to the year that has passed, here’s Gin & Griddle’s favourites both home and away…

Beeftro, Dundrum Town Centre (and newly opened in Balfe Street, Dublin 2). With many many visits to Beeftro, a wonderful early bird menu, a great Corbieres on their wine list, Beeftro is undoubtedly one of our favourite regular spots.

Beeftro, Dundrum
Beeftro, Dundrum

Staying in Dundrum Ananda is a star of our year! We have been there quite a few times, enjoyed the tasting menu more than a couple, its a huge favourite with us for everything – the food, the people, the place. If you haven’t been put Ananda on your 2015 list pronto!

Food at Ananda
Food at Ananda
Food at Ananda
Food at Ananda

Moving into the city, a few favourites stand out from our year – one older, longer standing place that still delivers each time, La Maison on Castlemarket, along with the newer ones, Saison and Etto were both standouts!

The amazing Cote du Boeuf at La Maison
The amazing Cote du Boeuf at La Maison
Skillet of Fish at La Maison
Skillet of Fish at La Maison
Saison, Kildare Street
Saison, Kildare Street
Etto, Merrion Row
Etto, Merrion Row
Etto, Merrion Row
Etto, Merrion Row

More than a few visits to the The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh confirms its place in our 2014 highlight list. An array of wines by the glass, great food

Sea Bream at The Exchequer Wine Bar, Ranelagh
Sea Bream at The Exchequer Wine Bar, Ranelagh

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Outside of Ireland, one of my top meals this year (and in fact ever) was at Facil in Berlin. A 2 michelin star restaurant, simply incredible. And at a much more casual level, Burger & Lobster London – with its short &sweet menu of exactly that – burger or lobster, was a hit.

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Facil, Berlin
Burger & Lobster, London
Burger & Lobster, London

Back home, we enjoyed a lovely few days at Castlemartyr Resort in East Cork, truly relaxing, a stunning hotel and a ‘staycation’ (I hate that word!) we really loved!

Martinis at Castlemartyr Resort
Martinis at Castlemartyr Resort
Castlemartyr Resort
Castlemartyr Resort

So here’s to 2015, we are starting it off as we mean to go on, leaving for London on New Years Eve, a few days to enjoy all the food and drink scene London has to offer us! We were the lucky recipients of some restaurant vouchers over the Christmas so will line up a few places to see us through the dreariness of January and February!

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for reading along on Gin & Griddle.

Carol x

2 Comments

  1. kateskabin says:

    Here’s to much more in 2015!! 🙂 Enjoy London lady. Xx

    1. Thanks! Busy year, was hard to whittle it down to the favourites! Excited for 2015 🙂

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