Dunne & Crescenzi, Blackrock

We’ve found ourselves in Blackrock a few times recently and we were excited to see that Dunne & Crescenzi has opened in the Blackrock Shopping Centre (in the same unit as Clodagh McKenna’s place was previously).  I’ve always liked Dunne & Crescenzi and their Dundrum offering, L’Officina, especially in the Summer months when you can…

Oliveto at The Haddington, Dun Laoghaire

Overlooking the bay and Dun Laoghaire Pier, Oliveto  is an Italian bar and restaurant in The Haddington Hotel. Originally located nearby in The Pavilion, it moved to what was then The Kingston Hotel a few years ago. Recently Oliveto has taken over the running and operation of the entire hotel hence the rebrand to The Haddington,…

Prezzo, Liffey Valley

At the start of the year, in February 2016, Prezzo opened its first restaurant in Ireland, in Liffey Valley in Dublin. Prezzo is a popular UK based Italian restaurant chain but don’t let the ‘chain’ word put you off. They describe what they are as “Italian casual dining with a touch of class” but does it live…

Recipe ~ Chicken Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca is normally made with veal, this is a similar recipe using chicken instead which perhaps make it a more accessible recipe for most. Do buy good quality parma ham as it makes a difference to the overall dish. Very few ingredients and easy to make. It also goes with a wide variety of accompaniments, a crisp…

Recipe ~ Italian Sausage Pasta

I really love this recipe, using the best ingredients you can buy, it’s still a very affordable and delicious meal. I do recommend that you buy the best sausages, pasta, sauce (or make your own sauce) you can afford as it will make a difference to the quality & taste of the finished dish; and it…

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…

The Best of July on Gin & Griddle

A few days into a new month already but here we are, the best of July on Gin & Griddle! A lot about our trip to Toronto in June but a couple of Dublin blogs too…coffee & brunch at Mima Coffee Co at Beechwood Luas station in Ranelagh

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…

Recipe ~ Italian Chicken Casserole

I put a photo of this up on social media and it got quite good feedback, super easy and tasty, perfect January supper – so thought I would pop the recipe up here…

The Restaurants at Castlemartyr Resort

There are 2 restaurants at Castlemartyr Resort – the fine dining restaurant, The Bell Tower and a casual Italian eatery, Franchini’s. During our stay at Castlemartyr, we dined at Franchini’s twice and The Bell Tower on one occasion. Starting with fine dining, The Bell Tower is located in the old Manor House part of the hotel. The room is…

Jamie’s Italian, Dundrum Town Centre

When Jamie’s Italian first opened in Dundrum in October 2012, it was nigh on impossible to get a table without booking well in advance or waiting ages in a queue. And I really don’t like queuing for a table…so our visits to Jamie’s were very few indeed. In the last couple of months, however, we seem…

Living La Dolce Vita in Sandyford!

  We seem to be eating in Sandyford a bit lately … and we visited La Dolce Vita on a sunny evening a couple of weeks ago. La Dolce Vita used to be in Sandyford village (above the Sandyford House) and now has a shiny new restaurant and location in The Chase in Sandyford Industrial Estate. The restaurant itself…