Cliff Townhouse Adds New Seafood Restaurant; Galway Restaurant Expands To Dublin; Another Chopped Opening

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Cliff Townhouse Adds New Seafood Restaurant; Galway Restaurant Expands To Dublin; Another Chopped Opening

Cliff Townhouse at Stephen's Green in Dublin has added a new bar and restaurant called Urchin.

Described as "a laid-back seaside hangout" with a "subtle beach-chic décor", it serves small plates designed by Waterford's Cliff House Hotel Michelin-starred executive chef Martijn Kajuiter and Cliff Townhouse head chef Sean Smith. Dishes on offer include Dundalk razor clam with seaweed salad, pomegranate, lemon emulsion; organic duck liver with choux bun and pear caramel; as well as sea urchin with celery, preserved tomato and 'cocktail' hollandaise sauce.

The Chili Shack in Abbeygate Street, Galway, is to open a new restaurant in Dublin. The restaurant brings "real American chili and the chili parlor to Ireland", serving multiple types of chilli, burgers and chilli buffalo wings. It will open at Prussia Street in Stoneybatter in March, taking over from the closed BQR bbq restaurant.

Donegal's Village Tavern Seafood Bar has been put on the market, reports The restaurant, which opened 12 years ago and is run by chef and proprietor Enda O'Rourke, had been named Donegal's best gastropub at the Restaurants Association of Ireland Awards 2013. Elsewhere in Donegal, plans have been lodged by Pauric Gaffney for change of use of an unnamed building on Main Street from shop to restaurant as well as alterations to the shop facade.

Cask, a new restaurant specialising in artisan cocktails and 'multicultural small plates' is to open on McCurtain Street, Cork, details are sparse at the moment but an "award-winning" chef will be at the helm.


Healthy eating chain Chopped has opened a new restaurant in UCD today (20 February), reports It will result in the creation of 15 new jobs and follows recent openings in Dundrum Town Centre and Dublin Airport's The Loop.

Speaking at the opening of Chopped UCD, co-founder and managing director of Chopped, Brian Lee said: "We’re delighted to be opening our newest Chopped at UCD. Students can choose from a wide range of healthy and tasty meals or snacks to fuel their academic endeavours. Ireland’s students are becoming more and more mindful of their nutrition and with UCD boasting some of the best young minds in the country we are pleased to be able to offer Chopped as a healthy nutritious option."