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…

Brunch at Chez Max, Baggot Street

Ah summer, it’s finally arrived, and probably gone just as quickly… however the garden terrace of Chez Max on Baggot Street is where you can feel like it Summer at any time! If you can nab yourself a table, it’s a great brunch spot in the city. Chez Max is very much a traditional French brasserie in…

Brunch at Craft, Harold’s Cross

Since Craft opened in Harold’s Cross earlier this year, it’s been on the go to list for many, reviewed by the cities finest critics and receiving praise aplenty. Craft is the epitome of neighbourhood dining, casual and reasonably priced yet with great food. Chef Phil Yeung (formerly Town Bar & Grill, Bang) and team are serving modern Irish…

Wanderlust, Dalkey

Once upon a time we lived in Dalkey and Nosh was one of our favourite spots. Shortly after we moved away from Dalkey, it closed. Since then it’s been empty a while, there was a brief interlude when it was The Mermaid and now it’s reopened as Wanderlust. We were keen to visit to try…

The Butcher Grill, Ranelagh

I love Sundays, I know it’s the end of the weekend but there’s just something about Sundays… recently we took the bus into town for a wander around, a coffee and a look in the shops. We decided to go for a late brunch / lunch. Thinking through a few different spots we decided we…

Canal Views at Angelinas, Percy Place

I’ve watched 55 Percy Place grow from a hole in the ground to what it is now, over the last year or so as I passed it on the route from Luas to office a couple of days a week. Seeing that a restaurant was opening, I was excited to find out who was going…

Brunch at America Restaurant, Toronto

  Brunch at America Restaurant in Toronto was quite simply, epic, and one of my favourite dining experiences of 2015. I loved everything about it, from the place itself to the food and the style of dining. If I find myself in Toronto again, I am certainly making sure I’m there on a Sunday to…

The Best of 2015 – The Top 5

For the final Best of 2015 post I thought I’d mention my favourite restaurants from 2015, new and old, the places I’ve loved trying and returning to this year. 1. One Pico –  a firm favourite for us and easily top of this list, a restaurant we return to time and time again over the years and…

The Best of 2015 – Breakfast & Brunch

Brunch – a wonderful invention! This was a hard one to narrow down but here are our favourites from the year…and just in time for the weekend too. Enjoy! 1. We started the new year in London, and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast at the Electric Diner in Notting Hill. Avocado & eggs, a perfect combo!

October & November Favourites on Gin & Griddle

2 months for the price of 1 in this blog post! November has passed in a blur of speediness and general busy-ness, as is evident on Gin & Griddle with a paltry 3 posts only this month. Sometimes life and work have to take precedence over blogging and I’m ok with that… but to the…

Brunch at The Pigeon House, Delgany

Having visited Firehouse Bakery before, I always meant to return to try the restaurant above it. We finally did it on a recent weekend, a celebratory one at that and enjoyed a delicious brunch and bubbles at The Pigeon House in Delgany.

Brunch at The Cookbook Cafe, Sandycove

A stroll along the seafront and through Glasthule and Sandycove on a bright, sunny and crisp Autumn day, perfect! Especially when it was followed by brunch. The Cookbook Cafe is bright and cheerful, the layout is quite similar to what it has been in the past, it feels cosy and homely inside. There’s cookbooks throughout the restaurant…