Saturday 15 December 2018

Three restaurants in Cork have been awarded a Michelin star

Takashi Miyazaki
Takashi Miyazaki
Takashi Miyazaki
Takashi Miyazaki pictured in his new premises in Cork City Centre. Photo: Clare Keogh
Rob Krawczyk
Rob Krawczyk
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Three restaurants in Cork have been awarded a Michelin star.

The awards were announced this evening in London.

Mews in Baltimore in West Cork earned its star "for the fine craftsmanship of chef Ahmet Dede at this seasonal coastal restaurant Ireland", judges said.

Ichigo Ichie was also awarded a star for the way Chef Takashi Miyazaki "dips into the traditions of Japanese cooking but adds his own interpretation". Miyazaki, who hails from Fukuoka in Japan, earlier this year described his vision for Ichigo Ichie as "the culmination of years striving for perfection".

The restaurant is a 25-seater that offers a no-choice kaiseski, a Japanese tasting menu of 12 courses, for €95.

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Takashi Miyazaki pictured in his new premises in Cork City Centre. Photo: Clare Keogh

And for having "the confidence to know when to leave a dish alone", the chef from Chestnut, Rob Krawczyk was also awarded a star, judges said. His restaurant, an intimate 18-seater in Ballydehob in Cork, opens Thursdays to Sundays.

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Rob Krawczyk

Other restaurants that hold their Michelin Star from previous years are the 2-star Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and the 1-star Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and The Greenhouse in Dublin City and Heron & Grey in Blackrock village.

Elsewhere, other 1-star restaurants are Aniar and Loam in Galway City, Campagne and Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel in Kilkenny, Wild Honey Inn, Lisdoonvarna in Co Clare and House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Waterford.

In Northern Ireland, two Belfast restaurants - Eipic on Howard Street and Ox on Oxford Street – have also retained their Michelin Star status.

Read More: 'I have obsessed about opening these doors for years' - New Irish restaurant with €95 no-choice, 12-course menu

Meanwhile, last Friday it was announced that 24 Irish restaurants, including four newcomers, had been awarded a Michelin Guide 'Bib' Gourmand.

The four newcomers were: Clanbrassil House (Clanbrassil Street, Dublin); Tartare Café & Wine Bar (Galway City); Brownes (Tuam) and Dillon’s (Timoleague, Cork).

Others, all of which retained their Bib Gourmand status from earlier years, were 1826 Adare (Adare); Aldridge Lodge (Duncannon); Bastion (Kinsale); Chart House (Dingle); Copper Hen (Tramore); The Courthouse (Carrickmacross); Giovannelli (Killorglin); Kai (Galway City); Morrissey’s (Doonbeg); Sha-Roe Bistro (Clonegal) and TwoCooks (Sallins).

In Dublin City, Bastible (South Circular Road); Craft (Harold's Cross); Delahunt (Camden Street); Etto (Merrion Row); Pichet (Trinity Street); Pigeon House (Clontarf); Pig’s Ear (Nassau Street); Forest & Marcy (Leeson St) and Richmond (Portobello) retained their Bib Gourmand status.

In Northern Ireland, Clenaghans Restaurant, near Aghalee, Co. Antrim joined the list of seven Michelin Bib Gourmand establishments in the province.

Retaining their awards from last year were Fontana and Noble (both Holywood); Wine & Brine (Moira); Belfast’s Deanes at Queen’s, Bar+Grill at James’ Street South, and Home in Wellington Place.

Priced at €18.99, the Great Britain & Ireland 2019 Guide is published today by tyre manufacturer Michelin and will be available at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/ and in bookshops from this Thursday, October 4.

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