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  1. It's essentially a deli/food shop with a communal table at the back. It's a good spot for Saturday morning with the papers. The food is solid enough but not a destination spot.
  2. I think there was enough technical ability shown in Johnny's dish to merit more than a 2...very insulting score to give him. Marcus clearly leans towards classical dishes as we saw last night when we raved about essentially a couple of high end meat and two veg plates.
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    Your experience mirrors mine last year. Food was ok but no better than that. I found the service to be patchy too and left feeling a little puzzled about the hype I'd read before my visit.
  4. I'd heard that the 2012 guide was coming out earlier than usual...anyone any info on proposed date?
  5. Speaking to people in the industry at the Food & Wine Magazine Awards last Sunday, it seems Michelin have been out in force all over Ireland for the last six months so I expect there to be a lot of movement after what have been a very static couple of years. Hop you're right about the Bib this year Simon
  6. Thortons edges it for food. Their set lunch is one of the best bargains in the city. For high end that might not be on your radar, try Dax (www.dax.ie) or Restaurant 41 (www.residence.ie). Others worth checking out for good food in less formal settings are: Locks Brasserie China Sichuan Pichet Pig's Ear Winding Stair For decent gastro pub food and a great selection of artisan beer and whiskey, try Mulligans on Manor Street ( www.lmulligangrocer.ie) Enjoy!
  7. I can highly recommend Campagne in Kilkenny www.campagne.ie
  8. I will be in Leeds in a couple of weeks and would rather take my chances at the chip van in Elland Road than darken the door of Mr. Martin's venture. I agree with the previous posters about the whole exercise being yet another cynical idea probably dreamt up by "branding executives", but more importantly I don't rate him as a chef and have no desire to eat his food. At least if Ramsey Inc. pumps out yet another cookie cut venture, chances are the food will be half decent.
  9. Always prefer to leave it to others to mention our place. Cheers for the kind words btw-chuffed you rate us so highy.
  10. I couldn't agree more Harters. Kinsale dubbed itself the "Gourmet Capital of Ireland" sometime in the early seventies and it stuck. It wasn't true then and it certainly isn't true now. I have copied a list below that I posted previously-apologies for the length. In terms of Irish produce, at the moment there is some great local shellfish available so if you order Dublin Bay Prawns, Scallops or Lobster you should eat very well. Likewise, lamb is in season but quite expensive. We also have some excellent smoked fish products here so somewhere like Winding Stair is a good place to sample great l
  11. Just a quick update to say that we were featured on the "Bobby Flay's Ireland" special for the food newtwork. I'm pretty sure it's being repeated on St. Patrick's day. We're at the very end. Overall the show gives a good insight into food scene here at the moment so it's well worth checking out if anyone intends heading this way.
  12. I agree about the whole area being a fraudster's paradise but also feel that there is an element of natural selection at work here. Undoubtedly some people will be conned but I reckon anyone who hands over their hard earned for a restaurant reservation deserves everything that's coming to them.
  13. Thank you for the kind words. When you're coming to this neck of the woods be sure to contact us.
  14. Thanks EMW. We own a neighbourhood bistro in south Dublin. We source the best local, seasonal produce we can find and try to make simple yet inventive dishes. We also have a small deli/pizzeria. We regularly travel and check out other cities to see what's new and fresh so we get some ideas and inspiration. We're in the process of making some changes to the restaurant and will be relaunching, including a new website at the end of February. Our current website is located at www.alexis.ie
  15. Just back from a very enjoyable few days in NYC and although we didn't get to eat everywhere on our wish list, we sampled a good cross section and got plenty of good ideas. The less fussy food we ate was definitely the most memorable and a few random thoughts were as follows: Lupa- Probably the most memorable lunch of the trip. Excellent ingredients served simply with good home made pastas and a well chosen wine list. Simple yet superb. Jean Georges- All the classic Michelin formality and technically excellent food. Every dish was perfectly cooked and seasoned yet presentation let some of them
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