The bar in Aimsir restaurant.

The bar in Aimsir restaurant.

The highly anticipated opening of Aimsir at the Cliff at Lyons, Kildare is tonight and we have an exclusive competition to celebrate!

Ever since it was announced that Jordan Bailey was to take the reins at the new standalone destination restaurant in Cliff at Lyons, people have been buzzing about what the restaurant and menu will be like. The reason being is that Jordan's calibre as a chef in terms of Michelin stars has not been seen on these shores before. Cornwall-born Jordan is the former head chef of three-star Michelin restaurant Maaemo in Oslo and he was also a key member of two-star Michelin Restaurant Sat Bains. 

Jordan is joined by his Danish front of house manager and wife Majken Bech Bailey, whose elegant manner and knowledge delivers an exceptionally high standard of service, who honed her front of house skills at two-star Michelin Henne Kirkeby Kro. 

The young couple moved to Ireland to explore the food producers and ingredients of their newly adopted home and got married during their first six months here. Now, after 15 months of exploring the Irish landscape and larder, of testing dishes and drinks pairings, and creating a menu that reflects that adventure of exploration through the palate and the lens of the talented young chef, Aimsir is open.

Aimsir, the Irish word for weather (in case you weren't sure!), is an apt name for this restaurant that, as much as possible, only serves that which has been grown or produced on the island of Ireland – sugar, being the only ingredient presently used in the kitchen that isn't Irish, but a homegrown alternative for this is being worked on also, we've been told! 

A snack from Aimsir's opening menu: Kelp from the Skellig coast, cooked in cold pressed blackcurrant juice, lemon verbana

A snack from Aimsir's opening menu: Kelp from the Skellig coast, cooked in cold pressed blackcurrant juice, lemon verbana

Aimsir will open from Wednesday through to Saturday, evenings only, from 7-9 pm. Serving a tasting menu with an optional drinks pairing led by Majken and sommelier Cathryn Steunenberg that will embrace and draw inspiration from other cultures – a diverse alcoholic beverage pairing will include beer, cider, spirits and natural wines and there will also be a non-alcoholic pairing focused on fruit presses, vibrant juices and fresh herb infusions for aromatic teas, all tailored to complement the flavours of the food.

Bookings are available online for the next few months at www.aimsir.ie , but are highly sought after and the restaurant seats just 24 guestsso we'd suggest moving quickly while there are some left! 

COMPETITION!

We have been given an amazing prize of dinner for two with wine pairings in Aimsir on Thursday, 25th July at 7.30pm to give away to our readers. 

To Enter:

Simply answer the following question below and fill in your details and you could be in with a chance of winning.

Q: What does the word Aimsir mean? 

Ts & Cs: Date and prize are non-transferable. Winner must be over 18. Transport not included. Only one entry per person. Competition closes at midnight on Friday 17th May.

Heather Smoked Mutton Heart, dulse cracker and pepper dillisk emulsion

Heather Smoked Mutton Heart, dulse cracker and pepper dillisk emulsion