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Seven Irish restaurants have reason to celebrate today as it was revealed that they have been awarded prestigious Michelin stars.

The announcement came via Twitter a day before the news was expected to break.

Loam in Galway and The Greenhouse in Dublin were two new additions to the respected list.

House in Ardmore, Aniar in Galways, Campagne and Lady Helen in Kilkenny and Dublin’s Chapter One and L’Ecrivan all retained their Michelin star status. Patrick Gilbaud in Dublin 2 remains the only Irish restaurant to have two Michelin stars.

Owner and Head Chef at Loam, Enda McEvoy (who previously worked at Aniar) told the Independent that the award came as shock when he considered that they have only been open since 2014.

“I think what we do is up to that standard but I wasn’t expecting this. We’ve only been open for about 20 minutes so things worked quickly.”

There was some bad news for Irish chefs however as it was revealed that Bon Appétit in Malahide and Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel did not retain their Michelin status.

Chef Oliver Dunne of Bon Appétit remarked earlier this year that he did not expect them to retain their status after undergoing some changes:

“It became frustrating trying to live up to people's expectations and their inaccurate expectations of what a Michelin restaurant should be.”

Meanwhile, we are busy Googling menus and adding dishes to our wish lists because there are certainly some amazing dishes to be had around the country.

This news has certainly made our dinner of last night’s leftover seem just a smidgen less appealing.


The new Michelin Guide has been launched, and we have the results for Irish restaurants.

While no new contenders made the cut, all nine of last year’s picks kept their coveted Michelin star.

Now you will be able to wow your date and maybe not completely bankrupt yourself in the process with our helpful price guide listing the nine restaurants from expensive to 'Oh my god, what happened to my money?'


Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

The prices listed on this restaurant’s menu are nothing short of laughable. A two course meal will set you back €90. Each. And that’s the cheapest option. Maybe save this one for the lotto win.

Thornton’s at the Fitzwilliam Hotel

Pretty expensive, but doable for a very special meal. A three course dinner here is €70, but you can get lunch or a pre-theatre menu for €35 and €50 respectively if you spend a bit less.

Chapter One

Chapter One is what we call fancy-normal. It’s extremely nice, and certainly costs more than your average meal out, but you won’t feel like you are ruining the place with your unworthy presence.


€22 for a starter. €22. *eye twitches*

Bon Appétit, Malahide.

While the standard three course meal comes in at a painful €85 each, they do have early bird menus and special offers on their website. If you eat at 6pm, a three course meal will only set you back €29.95 – a bargain for a Michelin star!


Campagne in Kilkenny City

Both the a la carte and set menus are fairly reasonable here. It’s around €10-€13 for a starter and €30 for a main course. Again the early-bird is the best way to cut costs, where you pay €27 for two courses and €32 for three courses.

Lady Helen at Mount Juliet Hotel, Thomastown

Let’s just say that this place has lobster as a starter.


House Restaurant at Cliff House Hotel

Terrifyingly fancy. You won’t be sure whether they eat the food or put it in a gallery. It’s €70 for three courses of their food art.


Aniar Restaurant

Unusual menu, it just lists ingredients rather than how they might be presented. One of the ingredients is ‘duck heart’. Yummy.

Starters are €12.50 and main courses are €32.50, or you can go the whole shebang and get a tasting menu with wine and cheese for €112.50.

Where’s that lotto ticket?


Everybody’s favourite celebrity chef revealed his heartache at losing two Michelin stars from his New York restaurant. The restaurant was sold by the chef in 2009 but still holds his name to it.

Gordon Ramsey spoke to Swedish/Norwegian talk show Skavlan about his feeling towards the whole affair, saying: “I started crying when I lost my stars. It’s a very emotional thing for any chef. It’s like losing a girlfriend. You want her back.”

To add insult to injury, Gordon’s restaurant is the only restaurant in the history of the Michelin guide to lose two stars at once.

You might not like the man, but you have to admire his honesty.