BURZZA 53 John Street, Waterford Tel: (051) 844 969 burzza.com
Wood-fired pizzas and proper burgers are served up with aplomb on this busy Waterford throughfare. The 14 pizza options and 11 burger combinations put spectacular comfort food to the fore. Their Buffalo Wings aren’t bad either. We’re particularly partial to their posh cheese ‘n’ chips – Fries topped with Truffle Mayo & Parmesan.
Best Dish: Boilie Goats Cheese, Caramelised Onion Relish, Goats Cheese Shavings, Fresh Rosemary & Wild Rocket Pizza – € 14.50 THE CAFÉ AT GROW HQ
Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford Tel: (051) 584 422 giy.ie/grow-hq
Home to Ireland’s burgeoning grow-it-yourself movement, this food educational centre now has its own wooden beam and glass wall eatery where the distance from plot to plate is about 112 steps. Healthy doesn’t mean that the food isn’t hearty with a Classic Crowe’s Farm Dry Cured Ham, Smoked Knockanore Cheese, HQ Onions & Organic Leaves Sandwich.
Best Dish: The HQ Omelette Filled with Ardsallagh Goat’s Cheese & HQ Chard, Served with Grilled Crowe’s Farm Smoked Bacon, Toasted Sourdough & Macadamia Nut Butter – € 10 THE CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL
Middle Road, Dysert, Ardmore Tel: (024) 87800 cliffhousehotel.ie
The Cliff House’s formidable reputation is based on the innovative cooking of chef Martijn Kajuiter. Allied to the stunning views over Ardmore Bay, it makes for an unforgettable experience. The food here is beautifully presented, at times unusual but retaining a core commitment to traditional Irish flavours. The Corvina Italian Seabass with Garden Leeks, Ravioli, Brown Shrimps, Saffron & Butter Sauce are a prime example – and you’ll find plenty of ingredients from the nearby sea on the menu. Visit for a Michelin-starred experience, best enjoyed by splashing out on the Tasting Menu.
Best Dish: Menu Changes with the Season
THE COPPER HEN
Tel: (051) 330 179 thecopperhen.ie
Opened in November 2010 by the awardwinning Eugene Long, who is renowned for his stylish, locally sourced food, the Copper Hen is Waterford’s only Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant. Front of house duties fall to his wife Sinéad Frisby who makes sure guests are supremely well looked after as they tuck into signature dishes like Twice-Cooked Belly of Crowe’s Free-Range Pork on Potato and Celeriac Puree with Roasted Celeriac. With epic Sticky Toffee Puddings and Chocolate and Orange Crème Catalan among the dessert options, this is a welcoming, value for money Copper Coast essential.
Best Dish: Copper Hen Baked Fish Pie Topped with Creamed Mash Potato – € 17.50
22 High Street, Waterford Tel: (051) 325 174 everetts.ie
The four starters/five mains/four desserts menu is peppered (and salted!) with dishes like Duck Ravioli with Granny Smith Apple and Fillet of Brill with Leeks, Bulgur Wheat and Helvic Shrimp which are testimony to both chef-owner Peter Everett’s culinary ambition, and the quality of the local ingredients he expertly deploys.
Best Dish: Seared Wexford Scallops with Jerusalem Artichoke & Smoked Bacon – as part of the € 35 Two-Course Menu
Tel: (051) 875 645 labohemerestaurant.ie
This French-accented restaurant and wine bar has a wonderful € 39.50 Seasonal Market Menu, available all-evening and including such seasonal treats as Trio of Créme Brulée of Local Crabmeat, House Smoked Salmon, Blow Torch Marinated Salmon, Curry & Coriander Mousse and Ballotine of Guinea Fowl with Artichoke & Tarragon Mousseline, Sweetcorn Puree, Sautéed Cep Mushrooms & Foie Gras Sauce. The wine and craft beer selections, which include the local Metalman Pale Ale, are outstanding too.
Best Dish: Warm Dark Chocolate Fondant with Salted Caramel Coulis, Caramelised Peanut Cream & Praline Ice Cream – as part of the
€ 39.50 Seasonal Market Menu
47 Patrick Street, Waterford Tel: (051) 581 509 momorestaurant.ie
Few menus clock up as much mileage as the one at Momo’s, which includes well-executed Moroccan, Jamaican, Middle Eastern, Spanish and Italian classics. Like us, they’re massive fans of the local Knockanore farmhouse cheeses, with the Garlic & Herb Cheddar the pick of a very fine Friesian-y bunch.
Best Dish: Chargrilled Lemon & Thyme Chicken Breast in a Piccata Cream Sauce with Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli & Sauté Potato – € 18.30
Lower Village, Dunmore East Tel: (051) 383 133 thespinnaker.ie
Old fashioned it may be, but Spinnaker’s enduring appeal is based on genuine Irish pub hospitality and well prepared classic meals – fish and chips, burgers and pizzas – served to hungry holidaymakers and locals alike. Live music, a beer garden and a great location near the coast adds to the appeal. Best Dish: Trio of Local Fresh Fish with Roasted Med Veg, Garlic Mussels, Prawn Garnish & Homemade Chips – € 24.95
10 Quay Street, Dungarvan Tel: (058) 45420 tannery.ie
Chef-owner Paul Flynn is a real talent. No wonder visitors travel from miles around to feast in his impressive dining-room. Expect generous portions, excellent service and finely executed, rustic-tinged fare. There’s also a cookery school, accomodation in The Townhouse and a wine bar where the reasonably priced nibbles include Crispy Button Mushrooms & Aioli, and Crab Créme Brulée with Pickled Cucumber & Toast. Do what we’ve done on several occasions and make a weekend of it.
Best Dish: Comeragh Lamb with Crispy Belly, Burnt Aubergine, Vichy Carrot & Dukkah – as part of the €45.50 Two-Course Dinner Menu
MOMO: Steaking their reputation
THYME: Sweet dreams are made of this