Dublin hailed as a foodie heaven by iconic US mag
US magazine institution National Geographic has said it was "blown away" by the Dublin food scene and has brought the capital's culinary delights to the attention of eight million people.
Well-known photographer Catherine Karnow travelled to Dublin with a food journalist and sampled the menus at some of our top restaurants.
"The quality, creativity, and dedication to locally sourced ingredients we witnessed were on par with what you'll find in some of the most sophisticated cities in the world - yet set apart by a uniquely Irish emphasis on comfort and simplicity," the National Geographic reported.
"We've been told that eight million people download the National Geographic's food and travel section - it's amazing to think we can get that kind of exposure," said Michelin star chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One. The restaurant was one of the 10 named on the list.
Also listed were Etto, Coppinger Row, Trocadero and gastro pub L Mulligan Grocer in Stoneybatter.
"It's fantastic, it's such good publicity. It's good for Dublin and it's good for Stoneybatter," Alan Kilbane, manager of L Mulligan Grocer, said.
Celebrating its fourth birthday next year, the pub has fed and watered top musicians and actors from the US and UK and last February received write-ups in the New York Times and Boston Globe.
Mr Lewis said that the National Geographic review is "symptomatic" of many food journalists and tourists turning their attention to Ireland.
"The restaurant scene has moved on a lot," he said.
"And primary produce is what's driving it. There are countries out there that would kill for that kind of primary produce."
Murphy's Ice-Cream on Wicklow Street was also mentioned by the influential international publication, as was Queen of Tarts on Dame Street, Fallon and Byrne, Roasted Brown and Forest Avenue.
All of the establishments in the city were heralded as "must-try foodie havens".
They also said bread was headlining the "transformation".
Forest Avenue in Ballsbridge was described as "fine dining without an ounce of pretension".
Murphy's Ice-Cream had its praises sung for the high quality of ingredients used.
The National Geographic article said their ice-cream was "unlike anything you've tasted before".
Roasted Brown, the gourmet coffee bar above Filmbase in Temple Bar, was also praised for its unique way of doing things.
The publication said it had created a coffee haven that was both comfortable and cutting edge.
The Exchequer Street food-hall, restaurant and wine bar Fallon and Byrne was called a "sensual wonderland" and the team from National Geographic said it was instant love when they walked through the doors.