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'High five: restaurants I can't wait to dine at again'

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Poachers Inn in Bandon

Poachers Inn in Bandon

Camden Kitchen in Dublin

Camden Kitchen in Dublin

Mulberry Garden

Mulberry Garden

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Poachers Inn in Bandon

It really has been a cruel year. We've all been to the dark side and now it looks like we're safely on the way back. But back to what? Canvas gazebos pretending to be dining rooms?

The simple truth about dining outside in Ireland is - it'll either freeze your gonads off or blast your new hairdo into a mangle thanks to our mad weather.

Although, having said that, I don't really care. We've been away too long. So put up your heated lean-tos and dodgy pergolas and we'll keep coming - but probably best to pack some thermal jocks just in case.

So looking ahead to a great summer, I've shortlisted five restaurants I can't wait to revisit; not because I think they're the best in the country, I could list at least another 30 if I had the space, but because they nail the important stuff in pretty much every department.

1 Chez Max: Palace Street will forever be a corner of Paris while Max is there. Scrumptious roasted l'escargot and the super-succulent magret are just two of their masterful delights. Even if it's only for a coffee and a tarte aux pommes, I can't imagine hitting Dublin without a visit. It is a magical little restaurant that is so unashamedly French you might already be in France.

2 Poachers Inn: Bandon is the lucky locale for this one-time pub that's now a cool seafood restaurant bar. Our local for a time, I well remember their flawless seafood pie and mega-fresh king scallops in garlic butter. Cannot wait to sample the food and that super laid-back atmosphere again. The pints aren't bad either.

3 PRIME 74: There are few better places to experience the old normal than here, in Tipperary town. This is the incarnation of the perfect country restaurant. Produce, ingredients, cooking skills and hospitality, all coming together in perfect harmony. The best roasted chicken wings I ever tasted and the tastiest mashed spuds you could wish for and the best desserts ever. The list just goes on.

4 Mulberry Garden: A huge part of what I miss about restaurants is the stylishness, the fabulousness and the glam that no amount of nicely boxed finish-at-home takeouts can ever replace. Mostly those takeouts have been delicious and interesting and I'll be doing more of the same this weekend. But there's nothing wrong with missing the seductive, the splendiferous, the clink of crystal over crisp linen, and of course scintillating food. This gorgeous place in Donnybrook has the lot. Bring it on.

5 Camden Kitchen: Bistros as fine as this can only happen when love is involved. It's on display here with an almost serene vibe, smiling and welcoming staff who clearly love their jobs - and the comfy feeling like the place has been here forever. And that's before you get to marvel at their stellar food that always delights. I have never had a bad experience in this cosy little space on Grantham Street in D8. Every visit is like coming home.

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2019 André Goichot AOP Chablis

2019 André Goichot AOP Chablis

2019 André Goichot AOP Chablis

 

Grape spy

2019 André Goichot AOP Chablis, €15

Look out for great offers in the Centra French wine sale, which runs until May 19. It includes this superb white from the Chablis region.

Made from the Chardonnay grape, it has lovely green apple flavours and fresh citrus acidity. Chablis is perfect to serve with lighter foods such as grilled fish, or chicken in a cream sauce.

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