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…

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Belfast

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has been opening in Dublin for what seems like years. I think it is eventually planned to open a branch this year, although ‘sometime in 2016’ isn’t very definite. So in the meantime should you wish to try Five Guys or get your Five Guys fix, take yourself to Belfast,…

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…

Ravine Vineyard, St. Davids Bench

While in Canada this summer we visited Ravine Vineyard a few times, for wine tasting, Lunch and dinner. It offers something a little different to a lot of the other vineyards and wineries in this area – the restaurant is more casual, rustic feeling… we loved it, gorgeous food, great setting, really nice staff.

TOCA, Ritz Carlton, Toronto

Whilst in Toronto, it was Simon’s birthday and a birthday needs a decadent lunch! I booked a table for 2 at TOCA  in the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Toronto. A luxurious hotel from the moment you enter, a sweeping staircase brings you to TOCA on the mezzanine floor. The menu is based on Italian cuisine, it’s seasonal and local and…

Toronto Part 3: Brunch at ViaVai (& a little shopping!)

Our first full day in Toronto and we fancied a nice brunchy kind of lunch so with a bit of pre-holiday research I had booked us into Via Vai for their weekend brunch. A brand new restaurant, soaring glass, artwork and a great menu. Previously an art gallery, Via Vai is now a wonderful pizzeria restaurant and wine bar with…

Toronto Part 1: The Distillery District & Lunch at Pure Spirits Oyster House & Grill

The Distillery District in Toronto is where you will find great restaurants, boutiques, galleries, studios, cafes, shops. A pedestrian only village of restored red brick, Victorian-era buildings of the Gooderham & Worts whiskey distillery. It’s just a short streetcar ride from downtown Toronto; we took the eastbound 504 King streetcar to Parliament Street and it’s just a…

Rock Lobster at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre

We were regulars to Harvey Nichols First Floor Restaurant and Bar, but its taken a while for us to return to its new life as Rock Lobster. Do try to get a table at the window, great people watching and view over the fountains and Pembroke district area. Inside it’s quite like it was in it’s Harvey Nichols…

Seapoint Restaurant, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

This post has taken a little while, we visited Seapoint for lunch on Easter Sunday, over a month ago. A delicious lunch in a great location in Monkstown. Perfect for a pre or post walk along the seafront, as well as having Avoca further along Monkstown crescent to pick up some nice things for a…

Taco Taco, Dublin 2

Even though I got to Taco Taco a couple of weeks after it opened I felt like I was the last person on earth to visit, such was the buzz on my Twitter feed from before it had even opened. Anthony Remedy, of San Lorenzo #BrunchofChampions fame is here too, and he has created serious buzz…

The Best of March on Gin & Griddle

A look back at some of the best things on Gin & Griddle during March – Enjoy! The tastiest of burgers at SoMa Burger Co. in Liffey Valley (I want one now!)…