Every year there is huge excitement and speculation as to which restaurants in Dublin have earned their Michelin star, for some restaurants it's a new and exciting accolade, while others are working hard to ensure that they retain theirs. The exciting wait is over, this year Dublin's Michelin star restaurants who will be entered into the 2015 Michelin Guide are (prepare for food porn like never before)...
It's no huge surprise that the iconic Thornton's Restaurant located in The Fitzwilliam Hotel on Stephen's Green has retained their star. The food that comes from Kevin Thornton's kitchen is not only delicious but groundbreaking in it's design... A real work of art and a visual feast. If you haven't eaten here before it might be time to start saving up, it's a real show stopping experience.
Patrick Guilbaud's eponymous restaurant is the only restaurant in the country with two Michelin stars. Many people will be unsurprised to hear that they retained their stars this year as the quality of the food created in that kitchen is extraordinary. While their A La Carte menu will be out of most people's price range, their three course set lunch menu is €50 a head which isn't too bad considering it's a two Michelin star restaurant.
Ross Lewis is probably the most renowned chef in Ireland and has achieved great success with his restaurant, Chapter One. Chapter One is dedicated to showcasing the very best of Irish produce and we're delighted to hear they have retained their star as Chapter One is an absolute favourite in the Dublin restaurant seat. If you're going to check it out, try and get the kitchen table for an unforgettable experience.
Another retained star for Bon Appetit. We love Bon Appetit because it's top class Michelin star food at an affordable price. Their 3 course early bird is just €30, so you don't need to save up before visiting, best of all it's in Malahide so if you're going at the weekend for lunch you can make a day of it!
Everyone knows of Derry Clarke and his beautiful restaurant L'Ecrivain on Baggot's Street which has been trading for over 25 years. We're delighted to see L'Ecrivain retain their Michelin star this year and hope to see it still thriving in another 25 years.
The one that got away...
We're disappointed to see The Greenhouse on Dawson Street was not awarded a Michelin star. We've spoken about our love for the place before and how their soufflé is one of the best desserts in the city, but the fact is, every dish they create in their kitchen is mouth watering. Here's hoping that next year is their year.
So there you go, all retained stars this year and no new awards. If you have been to any of the above Michelin star restaurants, let us know what you think!