COVID-19 has created havoc in the hospitality industry

Since March of this year, COVID-19 has presented some serious issues for the hospitality industry. Social distancing has become ubiquitous. Mass gatherings are a thing of the past. This new everchanging COVID-19 world has created a strange scenario. Hotels, pubs and restaurants have closed. Some have closed down for...

The Hungry Mexican offers authentic Mexican food in Temple Bar

One of my favourite restaurants in Dublin, The Hungry Mexican is also one of its hidden gems. So earlier this week my old college friend I decided to pay it a visit. I have been going to The Hungry Mexican when it used to be in Bodkins. This was...

BoCo where you can have a pizza and a pint

This week my old college friend and I went to his local restaurant BoCo. A place, where you can have a pizza and a pint. What makes BoCo stand out is the oven they use for cooking. It’s not the typical Italian woodfired oven you would expect to see....

Marrakesh by Mindo one of Dublin’s hidden gems

My old college friend and I were going to an Italian restaurant for our latest Monday lunch when we had a problem. The restaurant was closed and we had to find somewhere else that was nearby. Storm Ciara was brewing up a mini storm and it was getting colder....

Gourmet Food Parlour in Dun Laoghaire is well worth a visit

This week my old college friend and I took the Dart southside. We were having lunch at the Dun Laoghaire branch of the Gourmet Food Parlour. Their other six branches are in Dublin and Salthill Galway.  Walking into this modern and vibrant restaurant I noticed the tables were not...

Sprezzatura where no main course costs more than €10

So far my old college friend and I have had three good meals this year, all in diverse restaurants. This week’s restaurant Sprezzatura would prove to be just as interesting and diverse. As Sprezzatura has been getting a lot of coverage online, I felt we should pay it a...

F.X.Buckley Parkgate Street

This week my lunch companion and I decided to visit, F.X. Buckley a Dublin food institution. F.X. Buckley started off 6 generations ago as butchers and by the 1980s they diversified by opening their first steakhouse. Thirty three years later, they now own five steakhouses and three bars which...

Krewe where the dirty south moves to the northside

Capel Street is fast becoming Dublin’s food quarter and its latest addition is by the r.i.o.t. bar owner Conor McCrohan and his business partner Michael Monaghan. Their new venture Krewe is a brand new NOLA (New Orleans Louisiana) inspired bar and restaurant that opened last December. You might be...

MacKenzie’s

The restaurant scene in Dublin is being dominated by the Press Up Entertainment Group and the chances are that you will end up in one of their restaurants. Having eaten in 7 of their restaurants, I was looking forward to visiting their latest restaurant, Mackenzie’s based near me in...