Tuesday 23 January 2018

Irish restaurants Loam and Greenhouse awarded prestigious Michelin Stars for the first time

Photo: The Green House/ @_the_GREENHOUSE
Photo: The Green House/ @_the_GREENHOUSE
The Greenhouse Restaurant, Dublin 2
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Seven Irish restaurants have retained their Michelin Star status from previous years while two establishments in Galway and Dublin have been awarded their first Michelin Star.

Loam in Galway and The Greenhouse in Dublin were added to the respected list in an announcement made on Wednesday.

House in Ardmore, Aniar in Galway, Campagne and Lady Helen in Kilkenny and Dublin’s Chapter One and L’Ecrivan each retained their Michelin Star status, while Patrick Guilbaud retained its two Michelin Stars.

Head chef and owner of Loam Enda McEvoy, formerly of Aniar in the city, revealed that the award has come as a shock considering the restaurant has only been open since 2014.

Enda McEvoy of Loam
Enda McEvoy of Loam

 “Our whole vision for this place was to just make exciting food, get a clientele in the door and run a successful business,” said McEvoy.

“I think what we do is up to that standard but I wasn’t expecting this. We’ve only been open for about 20 minutes so things worked quickly.

“We still have a service tonight so it might be Saturday before we celebrate.

“I think it means things just get harder from here,” he said.

Read more: Eating out: Lucinda O'Sullivan at Enda McEvoy's Loam

Bon Appétit in Dublin’s Malahide and Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel have not retained their Michelin Star status.

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.

“It became frustrating trying to live up to people's expectations and their inaccurate expectations of what a Michelin restaurant should be,” said Dunne earlier this year.

Several Irish restaurants have also been awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand including Adare’s 1826, Killorglin based restaurant Giovannelli and Kinsale’s Bastion. The Copper Hen in Waterford, Cafe Hans in Cashel, and Clontarf's Pigeon House have also been awarded Bib Gourmands.

Chefs in Dublin's Delahunt are this afternoon celebrating a Michelin Bib Gourmand after opening their doors less than a year ago.

Head Chef Dermot Staunton said: "It's great to get the recognition. I was in work this morning when I found out so there won't be much celebrating until the weekend. We opened the doors last November and we know we're offering a product which people might like and obviously they do," he said.

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