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It’s time to get all aboard an exquisite new afternoon tea experience at Brown Thomas.

Brown Thomas has unveiled the most enchanting afternoon tea experience with guests invited to come all aboard its magical train carriage in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke this festive season. 

Priced from €45, the afternoon tea experience offers the most delectable combination of sweet and savoury delights by renowned chef Johnnie Cooke and includes a glass of prosecco also. 

Beautifully presented on a tea stand replicating the façade of the iconic Grafton Street department store, the delicious savoury menu includes an Irish St Tola goat’s cheese tartlet, truffle chicken gougeres with morel mushrooms, black truffle and parmesan cheese, coronation chicken served with red endive, sultanas, almonds and mango and a ‘Brown Thomas Charmeuse’ – a buckwheat crêpe served with organic Irish smoked salmon, chives, caviar and crème fraîche. 

Guests can indulge sweet treats such as a champagne raspberry macaron, a Sicilian lemon tart, a Catalan crème brûlée made with Seville orange, cinnamon and bourbon vanilla and a ‘Brown Thomas Verrine’ – a creamy coconut, liquid raspberry, passion fruit mousse. Guests can treat themselves to bubbles from Veuve Clicquot or a cocktail from a specially curated menu. 

Little shoppers will adore a delightful selection of savoury and sweet options (priced at €17.50) from mini ham and cheddar quiches and mini brioche sliders to Nutella and banana sandwiches and much more. 

The new Brown Thomas Afternoon Tea experience is served daily with sittings at 3pm, 4pm and 5:15pm from now until Thursday, December 19 at The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke on Level 3 at Brown Thomas Dublin.

All bookings can be made by telephoning The Restaurant at 01-6171163. 

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LEON have announced their first Irish location in Dublin’s popular tourist destination and cultural hub, Temple Bar. LEON’s food is based around the proven health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, aimed at creating fast food that not only tastes good, but makes you feel good too.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The lucky first 100 customers to step foot into the Temple Bar restaurant at noon, will get the chance to experience the love and warmth of a LEON welcome and their commitment to honest, natural food for free. Dishes on offer will include The LOVE Burger, Brazilian Black Bean, Moroccan Meatballs, The Original Salad, Chicken Aioli Wrap. There is something for everyone on the menu, and all these options are served in just 30 seconds.

On the day customers can sign up to the ‘LEON LOVERS CLUB’, which allows members access to exclusive tastings, events and offers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Managing Director of LEON Ireland, Stuart Fitzgerald, said “We are so excited to be opening the doors of the first LEON in Ireland, the wait will finally be over for everyone to try LEON’s Naturally Fast Food. We recently shot a promo video around Dublin city centre and the appetite from the public was fantastic. The Irish welcome is most definitely alive and well! The need for an offering like LEON is so evident, somewhere that will offer vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options at a reasonable price. We can’t wait to meet all our new customers in the cultural hub of the capital, Temple Bar on the 15th of May.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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LEON will open their doors at 17 Crown Alley on Wednesday, May 15 and the first 100 people to arrive from noon will receive free food and get a first look at the newest offering to the Temple Bar foodie scene. Crowds are expected so early arrival is advisable.

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The Restaurants Association of Ireland is calling on restaurant owners to ask diners for a down payment at the time of booking.

It is hoped that the new policy will lead to a reduction in the amount of people who fail to turn up despite having booked a table.

The problem, which was “rampant across the country” over Christmas, is costing the restaurant industry huge sums annually.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, the association's chief executive officer, Adrian Cummins said:

“The industry needs to do something about this. We need to stamp out ‘no shows’. People will have to give advance notice of 24 to 48 hours if they are going to cancel.”

They are recommending that each establishment dictate its own notice period and deposit amount, though Mr Cummins thought an average of €20 per booking of four or more was fair.

Should the diners attend the meal as planned, the specified amount would be deducted from the table's final bill.

What do you think about the proposed changes?

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There is nothing better than heading out for brunch with the girls every Sunday, or sharing dinner and drinks with your partner, but all that fanciful feasting can add up.

A new survey has revealed how much the average Irish person spends eating outside the home every month, and it tots up to a grand total of about €100.00.

Around 55 per cent of people spend over €100.00 to eat out each month, while only 7% spend less than €50.00.

The survey by Taste of Dublin also showed that almost four out of ten of us eat out at least once a week.

Irish women are also more likely to eat out weekly, with 40 per cent of us paying the brunch bill once a week, when compared with Irish men.

The lads were just behind us in the polls however, with 35 per cent enjoying a meal out each week.

 

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Only 8 per cent of frugal foodies eat out less than once per month or rarely. 

The survey also portrayed  the importance of bar and restaurant reviews to food fans, who make sure to look up public opinion of a venue before sinking their teeth in.  

84 per cent of people say they are more likely to head to a well-received restaurant, with only 3 per cent saying they don’t read reviews. 

 

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'Most of us are spending over €100 each month eating out, which reflects the demand for tables we are seeing in Irish restaurants and matches the anecdotal stories we are hearing from our expert chefs and restaurants,' said Taste of Dublin Managing Director Avril Bannerton.

Now we're hungry…

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The year 2016: 12 glorious months packed full of tasty treats, amazing meals and delicious spreads.
 
Yes, in recent times, the food scene in Dublin has really exploded, with more and more trendy cafes and stunning restaurants cropping up on an almost weekly basis.
 
And while getting down our list to just ten entrants was certainly a struggle, here is SHEmazing!'s pick of the crop…
 
 
 
1. Mulberry Garden
Hidden down a small lane in Donnybrook, Mulberry Garden is no secret spot, but it remains year after year one of Dublin’s best restaurants. Its chic atmosphere and wonderful food make it a great date place for food lovers. 
 

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2. Manifesto
Sometimes, all you need is a really, REALLY good pizza. And on that topic, Manifesto delivers. If you have never tried the “Mamy”, (awarded best pizza in the world in 2006), a trip to this small joint off Rathmines Road is almost mandatory. If only they did takeaway…
 
 

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3. Forest Avenue
This foodie favourite has mastered the concept of casual gastronomy. With a three-course lunch for €32 – including a few stunning appetisers – Forest Avenue offers one of the best priced meal in town. Refined without being uptight, this restaurant combines well-sourced produces and the creativity of chef John Wyer whose talent is second-to-none.
 
 

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4. Richmond  
It didn’t take long for Richmond to become one of our favourite places in Portobello. With an incredible tasting menu for just €30 on Tuesday evenings, the chef, David O'Byrne, formerly of Mulberry Garden, has impressed with beautiful and inventive plates.
 

 
5. Bunsen
Between its three locations in the city centre, Bunsen is selling burgers like they are going out of fashion, and it only seems legit. For just a few euro more than a fast-food eatery, you can get the best cheeseburger in town. And the sweet potato fries are probably the most delicious we have ever tasted.
 
 

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6. Amuse
On the opposite side of the scale, Amuse offers a fine-dining experience at its best. If you like your plates to look like artwork and your food to taste like heaven, this fabulous French restaurant is a must. Now, this level of refinement comes at a price but for a special occasion, you will have a truly unforgettable time.  
 

 
 
7. Brother Hubbard North/Brother HubbardSouth
Formerly Sister Sadie, Brother Hubbard South and its older sister Brother Hubbard North have received several accolades over the past four years and we can only concur to the praise. We love the Middle Eastern-influenced cuisine boasting lots of fresh and healthy food at a great price. Will we continue to queue for brunch into 2017? YES!
 

 
 
8. Fia
Talking about the best brunch in town, Fia is a serious contestant. This small cafe down Rathgar Road offers a short and straightforward menu, which is for the best as it’s always a struggle to pick from it. With Instagram-friendly dishes that taste like a million dollars for less than a tenner, Fia got us properly addicted.
 
 

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9. Asador
This sleek eatery is Dublin 4 turned barbecue into a classy experience. You can find lovely seafood in the menu but its the meats grilled over charcoal that made the reputation of the place. Excellent food, good service and beautiful setting all contribute to a wonderful meal.
 

 
 
10. Featherblade
If you are looking for a great steak at an affordable price, Featherblade is the place to go. We love the casual atmosphere, perfect for a dinner with friends, and the meat there is simply delicious. Again, the menu is short, and we suggest you try all the sides available as they are all delightful. 
 
 

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A new study by the journal Public Health Nutrition has revealed that people consume up to 200 extra calories when they eat out instead of eating at home.

The study looked at the habits of 12,000 people aged 20 to 64, and found that the days they chose to eat at a fast food restaurant, they consumed an extra 194.49 calories, saturated fat by 3.48 grams, sugar by 3.95 grams and salt by 296.38 mgs.

Going somewhere a bit fancier wasn’t any better either, in fact it was worse! People who dined at a table service restaurant consumed an extra 205.21 calories, and with higher intake of saturated fat by 2.52 grams and salt by 451.06 mgs.

Well, there go our dinner plans!

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