Eat & Drink in Madrid, Spain

Spending a week in Madrid for work, I got to visit some nice spots for food and drinks. Here’s a roundup of the places I enjoyed including Bar Tomate, La Cabra, Tatel & Natsuki. 

Seven Course Tasting Menu at the Lady Helen, Mount Juliet

We spent a lovely few days in Mount Juliet recently. One of the real reasons for going was to finally return to the Lady Helen, we hadn’t been back since it was awarded a Michelin star. We were staying in Mount Juliet on a package that included a seven course tasting menu on one evening. We…

Michelin Star Dining in Campagne, Kilkenny

On a little break in Kilkenny before Easter, we booked dinner for one of the evenings in Campagne. We had been once before to Campagne over a year ago which hadn’t been very successful, primarily our own fault in that we booked a later table and were both suffering with colds, we should have cancelled but we…

The Greenhouse, Dublin 2

Opened in early 2012 by Eamon O’Reilly (One Pico) with Finnish chef, Mickael Viljanen in charge of the kitchen, The Greenhouse, located on Dawson Street near St Stephen’s Green, showcases the very best of Irish cuisine. Sumptuous tastes, wonderful flavour combinations and innovative presentation led to plaudits galore for The Greenhouse since opening but does it still…

Etto, Merrion Row

Etto has been on my list of places to go for so long and I just had never quite made it there. Etto has been open a year and was just recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. I took my Mom along to a wine tasting in the Merrion Hotel earlier in the evening. After this…

Facil, Berlin

I spent a week in Berlin, for work mostly, but I tagged on a couple of days at the end to see and explore Berlin and my Dad came too for those couple days which was so nice. He arrived Friday morning and I had booked lunch at Facil for us. Facil is a 2 star…

Gin & Griddle’s take on Ireland’s Michelin Stars

Recently the michelin stars were revealed… these are Ireland finest and best restaurants, according to the powers that be at the Michelin Guide. Some I love, most I agree with and there are some questions over omitted restaurants… 2* Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin 1* House (Cliff House Hotel), Ardmore Thornton’s (The Fitzwilliam Hotel), Dublin Chapter One,…

Locks Brasserie, Dublin

This has taken an inordinate amount of time to post about! We visited in June, back when the sun was shining and we were enjoying our heatwave (seems a long time ago now right!)… We have been to Locks a couple of times previously but before they were awarded their Michelin star so we were…