5 decades of being the definitive big-night-out, slap-up-Saturday-special in County Tipperary is the reason why Jason and Louise Matthiae’s Chez Hans makes it onto this 100 Best. But it would be remiss not to mention the two other splendid destinations the Matthiae brothers run – Stef Hans in Thurles, and Café Hans, just up the hill from Chez hans itself, run by Steffi and Hans, respectively. Fifty years of doing the good thing with sublime cooking and great service is some sort of mighty record, but you only need one bite of Jason’s power-packed cooking – pork and mushroom ravioli; house cured duck ham with candied walnuts; wild halibut with Bourguignon sauce; sole on the bone with prawn meuniere – to see why Chez Hans has thrived for half a century.
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