The UK and Ireland edition of the Michelin Guide has revealed its latest additions, with an impressive five new entrants from Ireland …
The Irish are certainly having a moment, that’s for sure. No sooner had the Oscar excitement died down and the UK and Ireland edition of the Michelin Guide revealed its latest additions, with an impressive five new entrants from Ireland, two in Munster and three in Northern Ireland. Here’s where to book before the (Michelin) stars align on March 27.
Terre at Castlemartyr, Co Cork
This entry bodes well for chef patron of Terre, Vincent Crepel whose Michelin star aspirations are no secret. The destination restaurant has garnered rave reviews since opening last year and should you plan to visit, you can expect a dramatic culinary journey that sets Terre apart. The guide commented that Terre is “a thoroughly grand and sophisticated affair located in the main house at the Castlemartyr Resort”. www.terre.ie.
The Bishops Buttery at Cashel Palace, Cashel, Co Tipperary
Culinary Director at Cashel Palace, Stephen Hayes and Head Chef at The Bishops Buttery, Darragh O’Flaherty are likely as proud as punch to read the Michelin inspectors views on this relative newbie on the Irish dining scene. The guide described the restaurant as “a striking, vaulted room set in the cellars of a beautifully restored Palladian manor house, which was once home to the Archbishops of Cashel. The concise menu uses plenty of local Tipperary produce and the detailed dishes are boldly flavoured and as elegantly dressed as the room.” www.cashelpalacehotel.ie.
Fontana, Hollywood, Co Down
A neighbourhood favourite for nearly 25 years, Fontana must be doing something right and it appears the Michelin inspectors agree. The guide comments that it’s a “long-standing but reenergised first floor restaurant. There’s an appealing flexibility to the menus on offer, with cooking that is crisp, modern and effective – and it’s almost impossible not to find a dessert that will take your fancy. The room is smartly dressed and lightened by contemporary art.” I’m already planning a visit for the coffee crème brulee. www.fontanarestaurant.co.uk.
‘Fine dining with good craic’ is how Blank describes itself and that’s an ethos that I can get on board with. There is no menu at Blank (hence the name) and Michelin inspectors observed “the kitchen prepares dishes using whatever seasonal Irish produce their suppliers deliver that day. And that means primary ingredients – which could include terrific venison or wonderful fish and shellfish. Simply choose the number of courses – as well as the wine pairing package – and sit back and relax.” Well, if you insist… www.blankbelfast.com.
Artis by Phelim O’Hagan, Derry
Only open since November 2021, Artis by Phelim O’Hagan is located in the craft village area of Derry, and suitably impressed Michelin guide inspectors who stated “at its core, a celebration of local produce and trusted local suppliers. The two-roomed restaurant is serene in both atmosphere and decoration thanks to the warm service and neutral hues. Dishes are clean, contemporary and technically accomplished, and the desserts are always a highlight.” Orange and Gran Marnier soufflé sounds good to me. www.artisatcraftvillagederry.com.