YANNICK + LOUISE AND NEDE NO LONGER HAVE AN ASSOCIATION. WE WISH ALL OF THEM WELL.
Certain things improve the quality of urban life immeasurably. Good buskers. Good parks. Street artists. Intelligent signage. And KC Peaches.
KCP gives Dublin two of the most happening rooms in the city, places that summon the zeitgeist of Dublin 2013. And now, with the new KC Peaches Dame Street, Dubliners and visitors get a third bite of one of the town’s best spaces.
The Samhain Festival, from Boyne Valley Flavours centered around Kells, and showed that County Meath has arrived as a food destination. Westport has also powered ahead as a food destination, attracting new talents like This Must Be The Place and Savoir Fare, to a town already replete with great culinary riches.
The Turkish eggs in Cloudpicker, on Dublin’s Pearse Street, showed that Peter and Frank could pull eye-wiping deliciousness out of one of the capital’s tiniest rooms. A little closer to the centre of town, Eoin Cluskey’s Bread 41 showed a baker – and an entire team – at the top of their game, and the cruffins were beyond good. For the perfect Reuben, and the perfect banh mi, then Sonny’s Deli of Cork showed the art of the sandwich at its zenith.
Danny Africano’s Lignum, with Eurotoques young chef of the year Grainne Mullins working alongside the boss in the kitchen, simply blew away everyone lucky enough to make it to this suave room outside little Loughrea, and it is the Restaurant of the Year. Up in Downings, Tony Davidson’s Fisk offered virtuosic seafood cooking, and gave food lovers the Best Experience of the year.
Here’s the paradox of Food on the Edge:
Listening to a bunch of international chefs talking on a stage sounds like the most impractical way to understand the state of contemporary culinary arts.
And yet, FOTE is the most practical education any aspiring, dynamic chef can get, without going and working a three month stage someplace.
It happens because of the Twin Eurekas.
Turkish eggs in Cloudpicker, Pearse Street, Dublin
Eating breakfast from a biodegradable bowl sitting at the edge of Pearse Street doesn't sound like such a great way to start the day. But if that bio bowl contains Cloudpicker Turkish eggs, then the day is off to the best possible start. The Turkish eggs are a new masterpiece for the city. cloudpickercoffee.ie
Lemon meringue pie in Diva, Ballinspittle, Co Cork
Shannen Butler Keane is on roll these days, with everything cooked in Diva as good as it could possibly be. It comes as shock when you sit down to realise just how many people drive out from Kinsale just to eat here. They come to Diva for the amazing baking, and for the finest lemon meringue pie in the whole of Munster. divaboutiquebakery.com
Fire Slice Pizza in Castlebar, Co Mayo
The Fire Slice is housed in the cutest little Citroen van, parked sometimes in Castlebar's square, and out of whose fiery depths Valerie Tirmant fires the best pizzas. A Quatre Fromage for you and a Chèvre-Miel for me, and life couldn't be better in County Mayo. TheFireSlice.ie
Iced candied lemon in Hara, Hillsborough, Co Down
Andy Turner and Roz Allen are cooking food for the Gods in Hillsborough's Hara, cooking so fine that it seems invidious to single out their gob-smacking iced candied lemon with ginger bread and lemon balm. But just one taste will convince you that Hara has the ice cream dessert for Summer 2019. harahillsborough.co.uk
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