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,…

Mulcahys Restaurant, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

We spent a few days in Kenmare at the end of August. Our favourite meal of the trip was at Mulcahy’s Restaurant. We enjoyed the most beautiful food, especially the fish, along with great wine. And for our group of 7 we all agreed that Mulcahy’s was a standout dining experience. 

Afternoon Tea at House Dublin

In a grand old Georgian house on Leeson Street Lower, you will find House Dublin. Greeting you at the door are statues of dogs each side of the door, welcoming you in and leading into the most beautifully restored and refurbished building. Having been before for drinks and nibbles I was excited to try something different at House,…

Canoe, 54th Floor – TD Bank Tower, Toronto

The view from the bar in Canoe is one of my favourites … looking out over the water across the Toronto islands, with the City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport), sailing boats and just a gorgeous perspective from the 54th floor. Such a lovely spot to sip a gin martini…

Gin & Griddle is 2!

  This month Gin & Griddle turned 2. Such a quick 2 years filled with reviews and recipes, cocktails and wine, travel and fun. In the past year alone, the food scene in Dublin is really booming, new places, rejuvenated restaurants and bars, there’s hardly a week without something happening in the culinary world of Dublin….

Cocktails at Cleaver East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Cleaver East has been a place I’ve wanted to go for a while now. I’d heard great things especially about the cocktails and bar, more mixed thoughts on the food though. Picking up a voucher from The Taste of 4 cocktails for €20, I headed along to Cleaver East with a friend to try it…

Fade Street Social, Dublin 2

When Fade Street Social first opened in late 2012 I had every plan to visit soon thereafter. It was the place to go, and received wonderful reviews and plaudits. For one reason or another we never made it in those initial few months, and after that some mixed reviews and musings meant it was never…

Mews Dining at Toto’s Restaurant, Knightsbridge, London

Toto’s is tucked just off Walton Street in Knightsbridge on Lennox Gardens Mews. Recently renovated during Summer 2014 and under new ownership since then, it’s a stunning restaurant space. On our trips to London we generally walk a lot and around this area is our favourite place to wander. We stumbled upon Toto’s Restaurant on our…

New ~ The Old Spot, Bath Avenue, Dublin 4

Yesterday evening, I went along with a couple of friends from work to check out the new place on Bath Avenue – The Old Spot. This isn’t a review as such, it’s only open a few days but just my thoughts and some pictures from our visit. Formerly The Lansdowne, and now with the same…

Cocktails & Eats at Peruke & Periwig, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Having been for drinks, I was eager to try Peruke & Periwig for food. There was some good reviews out there on the food; while some criticizing the lighting and so on, the overall feeling on food was that it was very good. So after a couple hours trying various wines at the O’Briens Wine…