Lobstar, Monkstown

Anytime we have been in Monkstown, we have looked wistfully in the window of Lobstar, never having a booking and it always being busy meant we had to walk on! So this time, we booked ahead, for brunch on St. Patrick’s Day and as it happened it was quiet while we were there, through the early…

Dunne & Crescenzi, Blackrock

We’ve found ourselves in Blackrock a few times recently and we were excited to see that Dunne & Crescenzi has opened in the Blackrock Shopping Centre (in the same unit as Clodagh McKenna’s place was previously).  I’ve always liked Dunne & Crescenzi and their Dundrum offering, L’Officina, especially in the Summer months when you can…

Richmond Restaurant, Dublin 2

I am definitely late to the Richmond party but as the saying goes, better late than never! I plan to rectify this now with further visits to this super neighbourhood restaurant. Located in Portobello, on the right hand side as you leave town heading towards Rathmines. For those of you old enough to remember, it’s…

Wilde at The Westbury Hotel, Dublin 2

With an afternoon off work, and fancying a nice lunch with a glass or two of wine, we headed into town, with WILDE in The Westbury Hotel our destination. We didn’t book as it was a weekday and we were also a little later than lunchtime. When you enter the hotel, just off the lobby…

Tasting Menu at Mulberry Garden

It had been a while since our last visit to Mulberry Garden, so we booked in for a Friday evening in January. We hadn’t intended to have the tasting menu but when we got there, liking everything on it, we decided to go for it and settled in for an evening of delightful food and…

Urchin – New Bar at The Cliff Townhouse

The Cliff Townhouse have opened a new bar in their basement space on Stephen’s Green. We dropped by at the weekend for a pre-dinner drink. Urchin is bright and light (despite being the basement), contemporary in design with an exposed stone wall along one side. There’s a couple of really cute window tables with stools,…

Woodfire & Green, Sandyford Industrial Estate

There’s a new lunch spot in town, well by town I mean Sandyford Industrial Estate… and it’s rather nice too. We went for a quick lunch and we will definitely be back soon…   Woodfire & Green Gourmet Kitchen is open for breakfast & lunch Monday to Friday and for Brunch on Saturdays. Luxe and contemporary…

The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2

Monday of the Halloween bank holiday weekend and we were wandering in town, browsing in the shops with no real plan for the day other than we wanted to have a nice lunch somewhere. We ended up in The Shelbourne Hotel, a little bit by accident as a lot of places were closed but we…

Oliveto at The Haddington, Dun Laoghaire

Overlooking the bay and Dun Laoghaire Pier, Oliveto  is an Italian bar and restaurant in The Haddington Hotel. Originally located nearby in The Pavilion, it moved to what was then The Kingston Hotel a few years ago. Recently Oliveto has taken over the running and operation of the entire hotel hence the rebrand to The Haddington,…

The Brasserie at The Marker – Dinner & Le Drunch

During our weekend break at The Marker we ate in The Brasserie twice, for dinner on Friday evening and Le Drunch on Sunday afternoon. Both very enjoyable visits with great food, good service and a nice ambiance, particularly on Sunday for Le Drunch. Enter The Brasserie at The Marker through the hotel lobby, left turn when you…

Stay by the Sea at The Haddington Hotel in Dun Laoghaire

We seem to be on a tour of Dublin with our recent mini holidays at The Shelbourne and The Marker. Last weekend it was the turn of The Haddington in Dun Laoghaire. Formerly The Kingston Hotel, The Haddington hotel is mid renovation with the team there slowly refurbishing rooms and amenities. They are making good progress though….

The Marker Hotel, Grand Canal Square

The Marker Hotel, with it’s white chequerboard facade, is modern, stylish and contemporary both outside and inside. We arrived by taxi, greeted at the doors and brought swiftly to the reception. A smooth check in, we spotted a room starting with a ‘1’ on our door key card and asked if there was a higher floor…