Patrick Guilbaud Scoops Top Restaurant Award
Ireland's only two-star Michelin holder Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud has been named as the best restaurant in the country at the Irish Restaurant Awards.
Previous winner Mickael Viljanen once again picked up the best chef gong, recognised for his cooking at The Greenhouse near St. Stephen's Green, Dublin.
The regional winners were Campagne in Kilkenny for Leinster (see review here), 1826 Adare for Munster, Kai Café & Restaurant in Galway for Munster and Ox in Belfast (which also won best wine experience) for Ulster.
Adare in Limerick was twice recognised for its high standards of food, with The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel picking up the best hotel restaurant.
The 2015 Irish Restaurant Awards, in association with the Irish Times, received over 30,000 nominations over the various categories, according to he RAI president Anthony Gray.
The winners were determined by a mystery guest visit (55 per cent of the total score) a national awards academy (35 per cent) and ten per cent for judging the menu in each category.
The full list of winners are as follows:
Best Restaurant – Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Dublin
Best Chef – Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse, Dublin
Best Hotel Restaurant – The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel, Limerick
Best Casual Dining – Rua, Mayo
Best Gastro Pub in Ireland – The Poacher's Pocket, Down
Best Wine Experience – OX, Belfast
Best Customer Service – Ristorante Rinuccini, Kilkenny
Best Newcomer – Deanes EIPIC, Belfast
Best Restaurant Manager – Saul McConnell of Deanes at Queens, Belfast
Best Kids Size Meal – Beaufield Mews, Dublin
Local Food Hero – Ronan Byrne “The Friendly Farmer”, Galway
Best Café – Idaho Café, Cork
Best Cocktail Experience – Vintage Cocktail Club, Dublin
Best Cookery School – Dublin Cookery School
Best Digital Marketing – The Happy Pear, Wicklow
Best Emerging Irish Cuisine – Loam, Galway
Best Private Dining Club Restaurant – Restaurant Forty One at Residence, Dublin
Best Seafood Experience – Fishy Fishy Restaurant, Cork
Best Eco Friendly Restaurant – The Ocean Restaurant at The Maritime Hotel, Cork
Best World Cuisine – Ananda, Dublin