Real Gourmet Burger, Terenure

Real Gourmet Burger was one of our favourites when we lived in Dalkey. We often walked along the metals to Dun Laoghaire’s seafront to enjoy one of their delicious burgers and the rosemary salted chips. We were sad to see it close down and didn’t realise for a long time that they had reopened in…

Butler & Barry, Bray

Right on the seafront, with commanding views of the beach, from Bray head around to Dalkey Island and beyond, it really is a great setting for Bray’s newest restaurant, or gastrobar, Butler & Barry. Butler & Barry, the story goes, were two eccentric gentlemen who travelled the world in the 1920s and 1930s. They returned…

TriBeCa – Ranelagh, D6

An oldie but a goodie on Gin & Griddle today, with one of our favourite spots for a bite to eat, especially on a weekend afternoon, TriBeCa in Ranelagh. Of course it helps that they have the best chicken wings in Dublin (bold statement I know!). Actually there are two places that have the best…

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…

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…

Blue Bar, Skerries

I spent all my summers as a child in Rush, Co. Dublin, in a house by the beach, at a time when Rush was not the town it is now. A sleepy, small, local town. Skerries was the next big town, and visits to Skerries for shopping, and food at times, when Stoops was one of…

Harbour Dining at Dockyard No.8, Bray

We find ourselves in in Bray now and again as we have family living there and there’s a few places we like to go for food and drinks. Lately we’ve really enjoyed a couple of visits to Dockyard No.8. With The Harbour Bar right next door for pre / post dinner drinks, it makes for…

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…

Whitefriar Grill, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

There were a few false starts in getting to dinner at Whitefriar Grill, illness and work kept getting in the way. We eventually made it on the 4th attempt and on a slightly drizzly Wednesday evening we trooped into Aungier street to enjoy some steaks, it is a ‘grill’ afterall. A bright red awning and red…

A Snapshot of August on Gin & Griddle – Top 5

Little later than normal but here’s the round-up for August! 1. M&L Chinese Restaurant… the best chinese food in Dublin? Corn deep fried in egg yolk, dumplings, seabass, green beans and more… amazing. Read about our visit to M&L. 2. Sweet Treats! Salted Chocolate Krispie Squares & Rocky Road 3. Days out! We had a…

Recipe ~ Gin & Griddle’s Chicken Wings

I love chicken wings, like really love, I would travel far for good chicken wings!! Big fans of TriBeCa and Canal Bank Cafe … here is a quick recipe for baked chicken wings that taste good and fill the chicken wing void if you can’t get to your favourite wing restaurant! Prepare the wings, snip…