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1826 ADARE

Main Street, Adare, Co. Lim­er­ick Tel: (061) 396 004

Housed in a pic­ture post­card thatched cot­tage, 1826 Adare has a sim­plis­tic ap­proach to its trade – source the best lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, cook them with skill and panache and peo­ple will come flock­ing. That’s how it’s proven to be, with Elaine and Wade Murphy’s ca­sual din­ing es­tab­lish­ment at­tract­ing both tourists vis­it­ing nearby Adare Manor, and flocks of dis­cern­ing food­ies who love the fact that qual­ity Ir­ish in­gre­di­ents fea­ture on the menu. Daily spe­cials are chalked up on the black­board. With sig­na­ture dishes like Warm Pan-Fried Chicken Liv­ers with Pick­les, Pic­calilli Ai­oli, Bally Greens & Al­monds, it’s easy to un­der­stand why 1826 Adare is held in such high culi­nary es­teem.

Best Dish: 1826 Adare Sea­sonal Har­vest Vege­tar­ian Plat­ter – € 19.95


Tel: (061) 311 411

Asian street food has been el­e­vated to a high art in­ter­na­tion­ally in re­cent years. Colour­ful dishes zing­ing with spice have be­come a fea­ture of many Ir­ish restau­rant menus, with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess. If you want to see how it’s done right, head to the Treaty City and visit Aroi. Grab a pew in the long nar­row din­ing-room and or­der from a daz­zling ar­ray of wok, noo­dle, curry, grilled or stir-fried dishes. Sig­na­ture plates in­clude an ex­cel­lent Pad Se-law, a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion of pork strips, Thai green veg­eta­bles, egg, keo­teow, scal­lions & Thai soya sauce. There is an equally tasty out­post in Kilkenny.

Best Dish: Red Duck Curry with Pea Aubergine, Baby Corn, Long Beans, Lime Leaves & Cherry Toma­toes – € 15


26 Catherine Street, Lim­er­ick Tel: (085) 215 3212 weare­can­

Hav­ing moved from Mallow Street to big­ger premises on Catherine Street, the Can­teen crew rus­tle up one of the best breakfasts in town with their Greek Eggs with Roast Aubergines, Feta Cheese, Mint, Eggs, Su­mac & Sour­dough things of un­bri­dled beauty. The Lunch Boxes with Lemony Leek Pork & Beef Meat­balls are also packed full of big, bold flavours.

Best Dish: Con­fit Lamb Wrap – € 6.50


Chan­dler House, Henry Street, Lim­er­ick Tel: (061) 517 400

Hav­ing wowed ‘em out in Castletroy for the past four­teen years – the Univer­sity Court moth­er­ship re­mains as busy as ever – the lovely Lorraine Fan­neran and Bruno Cop­pola have now brought a lit­tle bit of au­then­tic Italy to the city-cen­tre. The an­tipasti, sal­ads, piz­zas, pas­tas and mains are all fab­u­lous, as are the bright, mod­ern dé­cor and se­lec­tion of Ital­ian craft beers. If that looks like a Mun­ster rugby player at the next table, it prob­a­bly is, with team mem­bers reg­u­larly pop­ping in to re­fuel.

Best Dish: Pizza Atina with Rocket, Parma Ham, Moz­zarella & Parme­san – € 14.50


No. 1 Pery Square Ho­tel & Spa, Ge­or­gian Quar­ter, Lim­er­ick

Tel: (061) 402 402 oneperysqu­

Fine din­ing at af­ford­able prices is the credo in this con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish restau­rant – al­beit with a pro­nounced Gal­lic twist! – which oc­cu­pies the first-floor of No 1 Pery Square, a lit­er­ary-themed bou­tique ho­tel that backs onto the Peo­ple’s Park. Break­fast is a big thing at Sash, with the Eggs Benedict top of the ‘rec­om­mended’ list. All of the bou­tique ho­tel’s rooms are in­di­vid­u­ally themed, and there’s a re­lax­ing spa at­tached. Over­all, a gor­geous ex­pe­ri­ence.

Best Dish: Menu Changes with the Sea­son


Unit 9, New­town Cen­tre, An­na­cotty, Castletroy, Co. Lim­er­ick

Tel: (061) 333 444

The ‘A’-word gets thrown around far too lib­er­ally, but this re­ally is as au­then­tic as Ital­ian din­ing gets lo­cally. While the Lasagna Emil­iana with creamy béchamel and Chicken Cac­cia­tora with lash­ings of gar­lic but­ter aren’t de­signed to be kind to your waist­line, there are lots of healthy op­tions too with the In­salta Al Pollo al­ways a safe bet. The same great am­bi­ence and food is to be found at their other restau­rants in The Gra­nary in Lim­er­ick city-cen­tre and out by the wa­ter in Bal­lina, County Tipperary.

Best Dish: Seafood Stew – € 19.95

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