The oyster festival at Cliff Townhouse

The oyster festival at Cliff TownhouseThe Cliff Townhouse

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The House of Peroni returns to Dublin with a Puglia-inspired menu

Chef at Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant in Galway, Killian Crowley, has teamed up with Peroni to deliver a creative Pugliese inspired menu for The House of Peroni 2019, which takes place from Thursday, 22nd August, until Sunday, 1st September, at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Killian Crowley visited Puglia in Italy earlier this year, immersing himself in the beauty of authentic Italian food, produce, and craftsmanship. Following this trip, the chef has developed an exclusive dining experience focusing on top Irish produce served Pugliese style. The six-course tasting menu, priced €60 per person, includes a selection of Irish cured meat from Gubbeen, carpaccio of salted zucchini with wild bog mint, traditional stuffed tomato with Gubbeen chorizo, or orecchiette al ragu. Along with this menu, Killian has also developed three unique gelato flavours: preserved lemon, olive oil and a Peroni gelato. For more info, click here

Hibernian Hotel Mallow launches new menu showcasing local producers

Located in the heart of Mallow Co. Cork, The Hibernian Hotel has just launched a new gastro menu using fresh, quality local ingredients. This new menu elevates customer favourites and introduces a host of new dishes, such as a localised version of the Caprese salad made with beef tomatoes dressed in basil and artisan olive oil, paired with Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella. The Ballycotton chowder is made with a selection of freshly caught seafood from the neighbouring cliffside village of Ballycotton. Other tasty options include nachos with prime Irish beef, sizzling prawns and soup du jour, all of which use local ingredients where possible.

Cliff Townhouse launches September Oyster Festival

Wednesday 4th September, from 6pm

To celebrate the start of the oyster season, the Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen’s Green is hosting a month-long Oyster Festival, launching on September 4th. A selection of canapés and oysters will be served accompanied by Champagne and live music. Guests will also have the chance to meet and chat to seafood expert Sean Smith, Head Chef of Cliff Townhouse and oyster farmers including Michael and Dermot Kelly from Kelly’s Oysters in Galway and the Harty brothers from Dungarvan.

For its 8th year, the festival will offer seafood with matching drinks as well as oyster specials available throughout the entire month, such as six Irish Oysters with a glass of Billecarte-Salmon Champagne for €30 per person. A couple of special events will take place throughout the month, like a Jazz & Oyster Sunday Lunch on the 29th September for €50 per person. For more info and reservations, click here.

New autumn menu celebrating Irish seafood at Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort

Executive Head Chef Noel McMeel has created a new menu for Catalina Restaurant, featuring a range of Ireland’s seafood delights, as well as other famous local produce from Fermanagh’s famous pork, Armagh’s apples, to the honey grown in the chef’s own garden. Starters include Keenan’s Irish stout cured salmon, accompanied with fresh beetroot, spiced tomato gel and Goatsbridge trout roe, and a luxurious chicken and lobster ravioli. A seared Irish fillet of halibut with caramelised parsnip puree, baked Armagh apple, sour grape jus with dill infusion and topped with caviar should attract the attention of fish lovers for the main course. The Catalina Restaurant, Lough Erne Resort, has 3 AA Rosettes.

Carluccio's Dublin launches new vegan croissants

Available for €1.50 from the 14th to the 21st of August, then for €2

Nothing beats the taste of one (or two) warm buttery croissants for breakfast! At Carluccio’s Dublin, vegan eaters will now be able to enjoy the flaky treat with their morning coffee. The Dawson Street eatery has just launched two new plant-based sourdough croissants with an Italian twist. The croissant vegano and saccottini al cioccolato (the Italian “Pain au chocolat”, filled with a hazelnut dark cocoa cream from Italian chocolatier Caffarel) will be available at Carluccio’s Dublin from 14th August. To celebrate the launch, the vegan croissant will be sold for €1.50 (instead of €2) until the 21st of August. New non-dairy milk alternatives - including soy, coconut and oat milk – will also be available to complement the vegan morning treat.

F.X. Buckley Steakhouse in Monkstown opens Franks Bar

Monkstown is getting a new place to go for a drink and a nibble, upstairs from F.X. Buckley's Steakhouse. Franks Bar (not to be confused with Frank’s Wine Bar, recently opened by the Delahunt team on Camden Street) serves a wide selection of bar bites, which can be enjoyed with craft beer, a glass of their vast wine collection or a vintage whisky. Meat and seafood lovers will be able to choose from Killary Fjord steamed mussels, lobster roll, charcuterie boards (which work well with fine wines or crisp beers) or some of the F.X. Buckley’s classics such as burgers, 10oz ribeye or sirloin steak.

Aldi’s Irish Buffalo Mozzarella Pearls awarded at International Cheese Awards

Aldi Ireland Specially Selected Irish Buffalo Mozzarella Pearls beat 5,000 cheeses from across the globe at the annual International Cheese & Dairy Awards. Produced in West Cork by Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella, Aldi’s Specially Selected Irish Buffalo Mozzarella Pearls won a silver award. The International Cheese and Dairy Awards celebrate the best in cheese and dairy products, with producers from 27 countries competing at this year’s awards. “Well done to everyone involved and particularly our supplier, Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella”, Aldi’s Group Buying Director John Curtin said. “The quality of their products is second to none.”

The Mont hotel on Merrion Square reopens after extensive refurbish

Dublin 2 hotel The Mont reopened to the public a few days ago. This event marked the final phase of a large programme of refurbishments for O’Callaghan Collection, including The Alex, The Davenport and The Green. The Mont now offers 96 retro urban-chic bedrooms with extra comfy beds, a state-of-the-art gym, and a tempting food and drinks offer. The Speranza Restaurant welcomes hotel guests and locals throughout the day with a wide selection of pizzas from a wood-fire oven, while The Sin Bin Bar provides a modern take on the traditional “old-man” Irish pub, to represent the history of the site as a meeting place for people during the 1970s.

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