Irish restaurants are getting the international acclaim they deserve with five of the country’s best being added to the 2020 edition of the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.
Launching the guide at an awards ceremony in London yesterday, establishments in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Belfast were recognised for their contributions to the blossoming Irish food scene.
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Aimsir in Co Kildare really impressed and was upgraded straight to two-star status. Head chef Jordan Bailey was commended for his “overwhelming passion” and “great understanding of flavours”. A pretty huge achievement for a restaurant that only opened its doors in May this year.
The Greenhouse on Dublin’s Dawson Street nabbed its second star while fellow Dublin haunt Variety Jones on Thomas Street secured its first award.
Other winners on the night include The Oak Room at Adare Manor, Bastion in Kinsale Co. Cork and The Muddlers Club in Belfast.
Two out of three annual special-category awards were also claimed by Irish restaurants. Loam in Galway received a special Sustainability Award while Jurica Gojevic at Adare Manor received the Sommelier Award.
This brings the total number of Michelin Star Restaurants in the Republic to 18, along with a further three in Northern Ireland. Not bad for a little island in the middle of the Atlantic.
Check out the full list of winners here.