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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

NEW EVERETT’S

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

LA BOHÉME

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

MOMO

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

THE SPINNAKER

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

THE TANNERY

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

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