Five Tasting Menus to Try This Autumn - The Gloss Magazine

Five Tasting Menus to Try This Autumn

Planning a special occasion? A tasting menu is the perfect option to surprise and delight. Ciara McQuillan selects five worth booking …

Ananda, Dundrum

The tasting menu at the enduringly popular (for good reason) Ananda is remarkably good value at €80 per person or €140 with prestige wine pairings to accompany each dish. You can also choose to upgrade your wine pairings if you prefer. The menus are seasonally appropriate and this autumn you can expect dishes such as tomato and coriander gazpacho and spice-crusted halibut, seasonal vegetables, coastal mangosteen and coconut sauce.

Mr Fox, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

The new autumn menu at Mr Fox is a joy to read and based on previous experience, we have no doubt it will be even more joyful to eat. The menu consists of a series of small plates and again appears to be outstanding value at €62 with a vegetarian option also available. The menu here is also locally and seasonally sourced and dishes include beef with sunchoke (also known as Jerusaem artichoke) and cheddar, along with pork belly with apple and lentils which screams autumn to us.

West Restaurant at The Twelve Hotel, Galway

The Twelve Hotel in the Galway suburb of Barna has a well deserved reputation for fine food and wines so it is no surprise that the tasting menu in West Restaurant is worth travelling for. The five course menu is €68 with optional wine pairings starting at just €39. The menu each day is at the discretion of the chef but expect dishes such as Connemara langoustine with pink fir potato, shallot and prawn jus. A quick visit during the summer still has me dreaming of Chef Martin O’Donnell’s dish of summer leeks with truffle and Kylemore Farmhouse Cheese. Bonus point for the option to have a flight of port and dessert wines for just €12.

The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Co Limerick

Reached a milestone in your life that deserves celebrating? Invent one if needs be but dinner in The Oak Room at Adare Manor should be on every food aficionado’s bucket list (it’s certainly on mine). The menu is a celebration of Irish produce with dishes such as BBQ turbot on the bone with fennel, bouillabaisse and razor clams and duck liver terrine with sauternes, chamomile tea and brioche. Menus start at €120 per person with optional wine pairings available from €70.

Ichigo Ichie, Cork

Cork locals have good reason to feel slightly superior to their non-Cork counterparts since Ichigo Ichie opened its doors. With a variety of ways to experience this kaiseki multi-course tasting menu, it is truly a memorable food experience. With just one seating Tuesday – Thursdays and two seatings at weekends, you will have plenty of time to relish your experience and all that it entails. If egg dashi pot with ray wing, Garryhinch shiitake, gingko nut and truffle foam appeals then we suggest booking your table promptly. Menus start at €120 per person with a variety of seating options, including the Chef’s counter.


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