Ireland offers a unique dining experience catering to every appetite: For a foodie looking for that decedent seven course meal, that vegetarian looking to try fresh dishes made from locally sourced vegetables and herbs, or simply that traditionalist looking to hunker down in a warm pub to enjoy some brew and some hearty beef stew.
Here are five restaurants in Ireland we recommend to the Shamrock Club faithful.
One of Dublin’s top tier restaurants, this foodie’s paradise offers three to seven course fixed meals The Greenhouse’s famed chef Mickael Viljanen turns traditional Irish meals into succulent new inventions. One such signature dish is a slow cooked young silka deer from Wicklow with Jerusalem artichoke and bone marrow, liquorice. Wild herbs and flowers used in thse savory dishes are procured locally by a forager. The service at the Greenhouse is second to none.
This dining establishment uses only the finest and freshest produce and meat locally sourced within a 12 mile radius in County Cork. This freshness can be tasted in such popular meals as the Black Pudding Fritters, Crispy-skinned bass, and Aberdeen August Sirloin. The Sage offers dinner, lunch, and Sunday menus along with a very popular Early menu featuring a 20 euro special for two courses.
A very healthy chain of Irish owned and operated restaurants located on Dawson and Upper Lesson streets in the heart of Dublin, The Farm boasts meals made with locally sourced ingredients along with organic meat and vegetables. The Farm has a simple menu offering traditional food as chips, salads, Irish beefburger all with a fresh and healthy twist. They offer Gluten-free and vegetarian options as well. Bells on the tables to alert the waitstaff is a novel touch here.
An popular Kenmare establishment, the Lime Tree was rated highly by the Michellin guide in 2012 as well as Food and Wine Magazine. Locally sourced ingredients are used in such Irish-influenced entrees as Sneem black pudding, Kerry lamb koftas, Kenmare mussels. Don’t forget to indulge in the classic Crème Brulee or Bakewell tarte also found on the ala carte menu. The building built in 1832, served as a lauching pad for the Irish emigrees to the New World during the Famine in 1845.
This eating establishment in the heart of county Mayo is a more old school pub serving traditional Irish fare. Over 70 selections on its robust menu include roast irish duck, prime irish steaks, as well as local seafood offerings of mussels, tiger prawns, and monkfish. A night of dining is capped off by a weekly session of local musicians in the upstairs bar playing some rousing, hand-clapping, foot-stomping renditions of local traditional music. Vegetarians can also find something to eat from a menu of 12 dishes.