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200 Words: Rathmines’ Jo’Burger

As I stared at my unopened Children’s Britannia housing my dinner menu, I wondered what kind-of food would eventually appear before me.

Greeted by pleasant staff, Jo Burger has many-a-time topped some of the “Best Burger” lists in Dublin.

After battling with the higgildy-piggildy font on the menu, I eventually settled on a lamb burger with Fourme d’Ambert blue cheese, cream cheese and relish, hoping that the food would live up to its description. Oh dear.

I couldn’t help but let my eyes roll when I saw the height of the burger. A Jenga-esque tower with a ridiculous amount of lettuce folded on top, I knew straightaway that I wasn’t going to fit into my mouth. My partner and I were immediately frustrated.

“Are they doing this to just differentiate between takeaway and gourmet?” my partner quizzed. That’s certainly what it felt like.

While I thought the overall taste of the lamb itself along with its trimmings was perfectly fine (not great) a burger shouldn’t be eaten with a knife and a fork, nor should it have to be dissected and eaten in bits. I left most of bun and lettuce uneaten.

Two hands, one mouth, that’s all you need.

Come again? Afraid not
Rating: 2.5/5
Website: http://www.joburger.ie/


200 Words: Whitefriar Grill

The Whitefriar Grill – what can I say? Seldom have I had such an enjoyable experience from start-to-finish.

In the mood for a fun night out, my partner and I were greeted by a lovely waiter who proceeded to hand us a light Prosecco tipple while they prepared a table.

Jam-packed with an air of bustling energy, I was excited.

As part of Dublin Wine Festival, Whitefriar was offering a taste of three wines and I was delighted to see my favourite varietal Riesling as the star. Savouring the tastes of Eden Valley, Pflaz and Alsace, it was heavenly.

To be honest food wise, I hugely contemplated just having one word in this entire review which was: steak.

My partner went for the steak and I settled on duck, but I have to say when I tasted his meal, it was truly glorious. Crispy on the outside and juicy and pink on the inside, I was jealous.

The duck I ordered was worthy of praise too with the crispy skin contrasting wonderfully with the juices inside.

What a meal and what excellent service. I sometimes think that many restaurants don’t value their customers, but Whitefriar Grill is on the money.

Come again: Without a shadow of a doubt
Rating: 5/5
Website: http://whitefriargrill.ie/restaurant-dublin-brunch/

200 Words: Rathmines’ Manifesto

The flames from the oven caught our eye from the front of the restaurant. They had always intrigued us but we’d never gotten the opportunity to head in – until today.

On quick glance of Manifesto in Rathmines you wouldn’t think much. The exterior is a dark, gloomy brown, but the chance of eating a wood-fired pizza was too much of a temptation on a drizzly day.

Plonking down, I settled on a Quattro Formaggi (four-cheese) pizza and my partner opted for the Sophia Loren.

I’m not a massive pizza lover, but when I do order one, I like them to be thin, crispy and absolutely flavoursome. Our pizzas didn’t disappoint.

Crispy with oozing cheeses flowing across the crust and hidden basil leaves lurking in the golden – it was the perfect lunch filler.

Sophia Loren was a beauty with rocket, cherry tomatoes, Parma ham and cheese, bursting with flavour with each bite.

Soon the building filled up with hungry couples and happy families and I can definitely see why.

With several more options on the menu and coming in at €10 with a drink on the lunch special, how could I not come back? It was a choice well made.

Come again: You can count on it
Rating: 4.5/5
Website: http://manifestorestaurant.ie/

200 Words: Ranelagh’s TriBeCa

When you bite in, the taste of charred meat comes flooding into your mouth. Mixed with a zing of rocket and nutty Parmesan, it was heaven. Finally, a burger I was able to hold in both hands.

TriBeCa has been on my list for a while now.

Full but not at all claustrophobic, mirrors in the dining room reflect the feeling of more space and it was truly wonderful that I didn’t have to shout across to my fellow diners.

I have a thing about burgers – I love them. But when I’m not able to pick one up and bite a chunk out of it, I tend to get irritated.

Settling on a grilled chicken burger with avocado, peppers, rocket and Parmesan, I was expecting to experience yet another burger that was piled high onto a plate (or slate) – but I was pleasantly taken aback.

This was a burger. It was straightforward, hit the high notes with flavours and made me pause for reflection. I hadn’t had something like that in a long time.

Feeling pleasantly full, I mused to my partner that we would undoubtedly be back to try the other curious things on the menu. No doubt.

Come again? Definitely
Rating: 4.5/5
Website: http://www.tribeca.ie/


Note: I’ve decided to change the format of my reviews to give them a snappier feel. Sometimes I feel like people tend to waffle on without getting to the essence of what the food and atmosphere is like. I hope these reviews tackle that!

Survey reveals that average Dublin drinker spends €81 on a night out

The Behaviour and Attitudes survey, conducted on behalf of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), has revealed that the average pub goer in Dublin spends close to €100 on a night out.

According to the survey which was conducted amongst 500 Dubliners, a night out could result in €81 out of your pocket, with unsurprisingly alcohol making up the majority of the spend.

Other expenditure included, food (23%), taxis (13%), nightclub entry and for families – a babysitter (7%).

Six out of ten of people surveyed remarked that being on social media in a pub was highly anti-social, but 60% noted that good wi-fi was important.

The Chief Executive of the LVA Donall O’Keeffe, said that while the vast majority of people came to pubs to meet up with their friends, sport on television, played a part too – though controversial.

Close to one in five people said that a TV should never be on in a pub, though when it came to sport 47% of men believe that it should be switched on for a sporting event, with only 29% of women agreeing.

“The figures suggest that for iconic matches like Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby Championship final, everyone wants to watch it. But for your run-of-the-mill Premiership matches, women don’t care about these,” O’Keeffe added.

When asked what companies could do to attract more customers, respondents said they should increase drink and food promotions, improve the food offering, create a decent atmosphere, reduce prices and provide entertainment.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/psyberartist)

Dublin’s Food and Hospitality event aims to help businesses maximise profit

For businesses, the ability to produce and maintain profits is of the utmost importance – not only to sustain moneyflow but also to retain employment.

This year’s Food & Hospitality Ireland event will see the food, hospitality and retail sectors examined under the spotlight with a focus on helping businesses maximise their profits in the upcoming months and in 2015.

Taking place on the 17th and 18th of September in Citywest Events Centre, the event is hoping to have thousands of visitors make their way to the expo.

“We have worked with our show partners to create show features that we believe will add real value to visitors’ businesses” said Toby Wand, Managing Director of Fresh Montgomery – organisers of Food & Hospitality Ireland.

“We’ve been working with the CSNA, the Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland and Maria O’Neill Designs to create our first-ever ‘Profit Shop’, and we’re confident that this feature will be one of the most popular at the event over the two days”.

Food & Hospitality’s Profit Shop will showcase how retailers can make the most of their floor space to add value to their businesses, with a fully interactive area using effective signage and new technologies.

One for budding chefs and food lovers, a new addition to the event is The Skillery which will see eight of Ireland’s top chefs demonstrating techniques that attendees can use in practice.

For those looking for a less practical approach, included in the line-up of speakers are Insomnia’s Bobby Kerr and Superquinn’s Eamonn Quinn who will be speaking about their successes in Ireland.

There will be over 100 exhibitors at the event who will be launching the latest products and services in Ireland and hoping to make new contacts – with 50% of 2013’s businesses returning, one of the exhibitors will claim the title of Product of the Show, highlighting the best of what’s being offered to visitors.

Exhibitors include Armagh Bramley Apples PGI, Montgomery Food Consulting, Pathos Continental Foods, Rosie & Jim Gourmet Chicken Products and Hugh Jordan.

Aside from exhibits, the annual Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland’s most prestigious awards are also set to take place at the event and the finals of the National Sausage & Puddings Competition.

Below, highlights from 2013 – to find out more about the event and to book tickets visit www.foodhospitality.ie

National Organic Food Fair takes place this September in Marlay Park

In the capital this September and looking for a food-filled day out? This year’s National Organic Food Fair is to take place on Sunday, 14th September in Marlay Park, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

This public event is free for all and is a collaboration between the Organic Trust and the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association, and is supported by the  Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

The organic festival will house lots of outdoor stalls and marquees showcasing the best in organic Irish products, from soups, yogurts, burgers, cider and apple syrups.

Apart from the food attraction, the fair will have many other different things on offer for families such as face painters, balloon makers and a pet farm.

Now in its second year, Chef Clodagh McKenna will return to host cookery demonstrations using organic produce (12.30pm and 2pm).

For those who’re interested about producing an organic product, a range of producers will be giving practical talks on the day. According to organisers:

“The aim of this years National Organic Food Fair is to strengthen and promote the message that organic, local and seasonal foods offer the best quality ingredients for home cooking, combined with the added advantage of supporting jobs, economic growth and local development”.

To find out more from the event, visit http://www.nationalorganicfoodfair.com/

(Image via National Food Fair on Facebook)

Saba’s Lobsterfest is returning this September

Clarendon Street’s Vietnamese and Thai restaurant Saba is once again hosting their annual shellfish shindig in house this September.

Lobsterfest, running from Thursday 18th to Sunday 28th September will see diners tucking into lobster fresh from the shores of Inisboffin, along with freshly shucked oysters from Carlingford Lough.

Throughout the fest they’ll have a special menu, combining seafood with cocktails, wine and beer to match each dish.

Saba, 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2, is open seven days a week from 12 noon.

See www.sabadublin.com for the menu. Call 01 679 2000 or visit the restaurant to make a booking.


Dundalk, Bundoran, Dublin: Seven closure orders served on food businesses in July

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland this week announced that seven closure orders were issued on food businesses in Ireland during the month of July, for breaches against food safety legislation.

The orders were served by environmental health officers in the Health Service Executive and included businesses in towns and cities like Cork, Dublin and Dundalk.

Three closure orders were served under the FSAI Act, 1998 on:

  • Sur La Mer (restaurant), Station Road, Rosslare Strand, Wexford
  • Monsoon Valley (restaurant), Unit 5, Building 2, Retail Park, Bundoran, Donegal
  • The Swiss Cottage Kitchen (restaurant), 400 Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 9

Four Closure Orders were served under the EC (Official Control of Foodstuffs) Regulations, 2010 on:

  • Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 1st floor, 88 Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, Louth
  • Ruposhi Indian Restaurant, 1 Whitworth Road, Dublin 9
  • Heaven’s Cakes (food stall), Trading at the English Market, Grand Parade, Cork
  • The Coachmans Tearooms (restaurant), Dublin Road, Dromiskin, Dundalk, Louth

Three successful prosecutions were carried out by the Health Service Executive on:

  • Omniplex Cinema Wexford (take away), Strandfield, Drinagh, Wexford
  • Indian Taste (take away), 43 St Marys Terrace, Ballybough Road, Dublin 3
  • The House Pizza (take away), 1 Shelbourne Terrace, Thomondgate, Limerick

“Each Closure Order undermines consumer confidence in food safety which not only affects the food business involved, but the industry as a whole,” said Prof. Alan Reilly, Chief Executive, FSAI.

“While most food businesses are committed to high standards for the health of their customers, this is not always the case.  We’re urging food businesses to make sure that they have a food safety management system in place and that it is consulted on a regular basis and updated, where necessary, to ensure non-compliance issues and breaches of food safety legislation do not occur”.

(Image via Wikimedia Commons/ Al Jazeera English)