Restaurants Loam and The Greenhouse join coveted Michelin star list
Published 17/09/2015 | 02:30
Seven Irish restaurants have retained their Michelin stars from previous years, while two establishments in Galway and Dublin have been awarded their first star.
Loam in Galway and The Greenhouse in Dublin were added to the respected list.
House in Ardmore, Aniar in Galway, Campagne and Lady Helen in Kilkenny and Dublin's Chapter One and L'Écrivan each retained their Michelin star status, while Patrick Guilbaud retained its two Michelin stars.
Loam's head chef and owner Enda McEvoy, formerly of Aniar, said the award came as a shock considering the restaurant only opened last year.
"Our whole vision for this place was to just make exciting food, get a clientele in the door and run a successful business," he said.
"We still have a service tonight, so it might be Saturday before we celebrate."
Bon Appétit in Malahide and Thornton's at the Fitzwilliam Hotel have lost their Michelin stars.
Chef Oliver Dunne of Bon Appétit revealed earlier this year that the loss of his Michelin star was something he saw coming after changing the direction of his restaurant by stepping away from fine dining.
Several Irish restaurants have also been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand including Adare's 1826, Giovannelli in Killorglin, Kinsale's Bastion, The Copper Hen in Waterford, Cafe Hans in Cashel and Clontarf's Pigeon House.
Chefs in Dublin's Delahunt are also celebrating a Michelin Bib Gourmand after opening their doors less than a year ago.