Good value treats the order of day
TWENTY years ago the quality wasn't up to much, but at least the bacon and cabbage was cheap. Five years ago the quality was better, but €40 for a fancy starter wasn't uncommon and, worse, wasn't questioned.
But finally there is a glut of places countrywide to get good food at good value, according to the author of the 'Irish Food Guide'. It seems the gut-wrenching move from boom to bust has a tasty upside.
"Until recently, there was the money there for people to go out and they got the taste for it," John McKenna said yesterday. "Now they want that quality but they also want the value. And if you can give them that, you're flying''. He added that people are looking for a single-course meal and a glass of wine for €10, and eating out a couple of times per week.
It has resulted in 100 pages being added to the ninth edition of the 'Bridgestone Irish Food Guide', with 1,500 entries compared to the 1,200 in the last version which was published in 2007.