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Best Restaurant gong served up to tasty French bistro Le Bon Crubeen

DUBLIN'S Best Restaurant is in the heart of the north inner city, Le Bon Crubeen, according to the city's top food bible.

French bistro Le Bon Crubeen landed the most prestigious food award at The Dubliner's 100 Best Restaurants guide at the Shelbourne Hotel last night.

Sebastien Masi of Pearl Brasserie has been declared the city's best chef, at the gathering of the country's finest cooks and restaurateurs.

Talbot Street-based Le Bon Crubeen was voted the winner of the Santa Rita People's Choice Award, with head chef James Ainscough and his team on hand to pick up their award.



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The award-winning eaterie beat off stiff competition from fellow entrants L'Gueuleton, which was awarded second place, Nick Munier's Pichet, which ranked third and Pablo Picante and Juniors, which took the fourth and fifth spots respectively.

"Head chef James Ainscough serves around 1,000 covers per week, testament to his ability to please the popular palate," said one of the quotes included in the book of winning venue Le Bon Crubeen.

"Dishes are thoughtfully composed, well executed, and generally represent good bang for your buck," it added.

Sebastien Masi from Pearl Brasserie also had plenty to celebrate at last night's event when he was awarded the winner of the Chef's Chef Award.

Masi narrowly pipped fellow nominee Malcolm Stramer to the post, who came in second place with his esteemed restaurant Balzac.



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Ross Lewis of Chapter One, Troy Maguire, Coppinger Row and Dylan McGrath, Rustic Stone, were also voted in the top five and were all in attendance at the star-studded bash.

His announcement as number five in the Chef's Chef award was particularly poignant for Dylan McGrath, whose restaurant Rustic Stone is a new entry to the Dublin Top 100.

Other newcomers include Conrad Gallagher's Salon Des Saveurs, Temple Garner's Dillingers in Ranelagh, Giorgio Casari's Il Segreto and Peter Rock and Ian Tucker's cool gastropub The Exchequer.



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The family run Kingfisher restaurant, which has been open on Parnell Street for 35 years, was also included for the first time.

Noticeably absent from this year's list was Shanahan's on The Green and Cafe Bar Deli, which didn't make it for the first time in nine years.

There was also no room for Fallon & Byrne, Brasserie Sixty6, Queen of Tarts or The Pig's Ear.

Among the guests in the ballroom of The Shelbourne last night were Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Nick Munier, Dylan McGrath, Conrad Gallagher, Asheesh Dewan, Domini Kemp and British Ambassador Julian King.

lnolan@herald.ie


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