DINING OUT

The Roast House Wins At Irish Restaurant Awards

The Roast House Wins At Irish Restaurant Awards

April 15, 2015 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

A LOCAL restaurant received another award to add to their already burgeoning collection of accolades. The Roast House on Denny Street was named the winner in the ‘Best Casual Dining’ category for Kerry at the ‘Irish Restaurant Awards’ Munster ceremony which was held in The Strand Hotel in Limerick last night. Ronan Hurley and Linda Carmody from The Roast House […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Bit Of Thai To Die For

The Chef’s Table: A Bit Of Thai To Die For

February 22, 2015 at 11:28 am Comments are Disabled

  Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies has a recipe for fantastic fish cakes… Thai food is one of my favourite foods to cook.  It is so unique in taste as you often have salty, sweet, spicy and citrusy in one dish. Thai fish cakes are simple […]

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Out To Lunch: Classy Darcy’s Is A Welcome Addition To Lunch Market

Out To Lunch: Classy Darcy’s Is A Welcome Addition To Lunch Market

February 21, 2015 at 5:41 am Comments are Disabled

Darcy’s Restaurant Barrack Lane TRALEE gets a bad rap when it comes to high-end restaurants. Everybody talks about the culinary delights of Dingle, Kenmare and Killarney and while it could be argued that there could be more high-end restaurants in a town of its size, we are still serviced by […]

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The Chef’s Table: How To Make Perfect Pancakes This Shrove Tuesday

The Chef’s Table: How To Make Perfect Pancakes This Shrove Tuesday

February 15, 2015 at 9:05 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies has some great pancake recipes for this Shrove Tuesday… Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent – the 40 days leading up to Easter – was traditionally a time of fasting […]

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The Chef’s Table: Like Pasta? Then You’ll Love This Dish

The Chef’s Table: Like Pasta? Then You’ll Love This Dish

January 25, 2015 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies has something special for pasta lovers… CONTINUING the theme of healthier eating, this week I have shared a lovely pasta dish that is a hit in our house, as is most Italian food. Olive oil-based pasta sauces are much healthier than […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Perfectly Healthy Salad

The Chef’s Table: A Perfectly Healthy Salad

January 18, 2015 at 10:10 am Comments are Disabled

  Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ Cookery School in Firies has this great healthy salad recipe… IT seems that everybody has made healthier eating their new year’s resolution this year. I needed baby spinach for a dish this week and found it impossible to get any, everyone must be starting […]

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Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Memory Lane At The Allegro

Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Memory Lane At The Allegro

January 17, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

Allegro Restaurant Castle Street Now here’s a real trip down memory lane! The Allegro, in its previous home on the corner of The Mall and Denny Street, was an essential meeting spot for many who went to secondary school in the 80s and 90s (and possibly before that, I can’t remember). My […]

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Out To Lunch: Top Service, Surroundings And Good Food In Baily’s

Out To Lunch: Top Service, Surroundings And Good Food In Baily’s

January 10, 2015 at 9:23 am Comments are Disabled

Baily’s Corner Castle Street I’M pretty much down to the last few places in town for the ‘Out To Lunch’ column, but I left one of the town’s institutions towards the end. Garry O’Donnell has been serving up lunches to the people of Tralee since the ‘Croppy Boy’ was, well, a boy. […]

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Out To Lunch: A New Year’s Trip To Ardfert

Out To Lunch: A New Year’s Trip To Ardfert

January 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm Comments are Disabled

Kate Browne’s Ardfert A NEW year and another meal out. Over the course of the past eight months, I’ve  just about covered every place there is to eat lunch in town, so I decided to venture further afield on the first day of January. This isn’t really a lunch review as […]

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Out To Lunch: Training For Christmas Day In Charlie’s

Out To Lunch: Training For Christmas Day In Charlie’s

December 20, 2014 at 9:37 am Comments are Disabled

Charlie’s Bar Kerins O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse RIGHT. This week’s review is a tough one because it’s a little too close to home…literally! I live in ‘Narieland’ so the Kerins O’Rahilly’s  clubhouse is a place I go to quite a bit for a pint, to watch a football match and have a […]

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Out To Lunch: A Quiet Bite At The B Bar

Out To Lunch: A Quiet Bite At The B Bar

December 13, 2014 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

B Bar The Brandon Hotel IF these walls could talk. I’m in the B Bar in The Brandon Hotel on a cold and wet Thursday and I’m remembering the nights of old when Spirals was but a short walk out the double doors from The Fiddler into debauchery (not that […]

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Out To Lunch: Dishing Up Latin Vibes On Russell Street

Out To Lunch: Dishing Up Latin Vibes On Russell Street

December 6, 2014 at 9:41 am Comments are Disabled

‘Dish’ Russell Street THERE’S a real feel around town now that Christmas is around the corner. The crowds are in the town centre, East 17’s ‘Stay Another Day’ is slithering out of the speakers and it’s getting colder. ‘What better to warm up the body than a Mexican dish’ I […]

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The Chef’s Table: The Perfect Vegetable For Christmas Lunch

The Chef’s Table: The Perfect Vegetable For Christmas Lunch

November 30, 2014 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

  Our food writer, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cookery school in Firies, on a great veg for this time of the year… Parsnips are in season from the end of October until February and are great for Autumn and winter comfort food dishes. They are the perfect compliment  for […]

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Food Fair At Fels Point To Help Recovery Haven

Food Fair At Fels Point To Help Recovery Haven

November 27, 2014 at 10:41 am Comments are Disabled

THERE will be a chance to get into the Christmas culinary spirit tonight (Thursday) in the Fels Point Hotel and all for a great cause. Weeshie Fogarty will act as MC at the annual Garvey’s Food Fair, which will see a range of food-related activities put on in aid of the […]

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Out To Lunch: Hake Is Worth The Wait

Out To Lunch: Hake Is Worth The Wait

November 22, 2014 at 9:33 am Comments are Disabled

The Pikeman Bar Grand Hotel, Denny Street THE grand old dame of Denny Street, eh? If you were to ask anyone in Tralee where they were to go to for an absolute ‘safe’ option for lunch, chances are they’d send you to The Grand. Of course, this is a compliment […]

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The Chef’s Table: The Ugly Vegetable That’s Beautiful On The Inside

The Chef’s Table: The Ugly Vegetable That’s Beautiful On The Inside

November 16, 2014 at 10:46 am 1 comment

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ cooking school in Firies, on the ugly duckling of vegetables… The poor old Celeriac certainly wasn’t at the front of the queue when good looks were being given out. But don’t let that but you off trying this ugly, but truly delicious and versatile vegetable. […]

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Out To Lunch: Shelter From The Cold November Rain In Ballygarry

Out To Lunch: Shelter From The Cold November Rain In Ballygarry

November 15, 2014 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

The Leebrook Bar, Ballygarry House Hotel WE’VE had some rain this week! And, unfortunately, it finally started to get cold as well. The first two weeks of November is one of the most miserable times of the year (along with all of January and the first two weeks of February) as the […]

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The Chef’s Table: Anyone For Squash?

The Chef’s Table: Anyone For Squash?

November 9, 2014 at 10:47 am Comments are Disabled

Our food writer, Mark Doe, on a vegetable which can go with most dishes – the Butternut Squash… Butternut squash is a very versatile Autumn vegetable and if cooked properly (as in not boiled) is full of a lovely sweet flavour. It can be used as a side vegetable to game […]

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Out To Lunch: La Scala Provides A Surprise

Out To Lunch: La Scala Provides A Surprise

November 8, 2014 at 9:35 am Comments are Disabled

La Scala Abbey Court NOT for the first time, our wonderful climate influenced my dining option this week. I was on my way back to my car to head off to a hotel outside town for a bite to eat, when the heavens opened and I was caught in a […]

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Doireann’s Off To Speak At German Conference

Doireann’s Off To Speak At German Conference

November 5, 2014 at 9:34 am Comments are Disabled

TRALEE  businesswomen, Doireann Barrett, owner of the  ‘Gluten Free Kitchen’ has been invited by the EU Commission to be a guest speaker at  a conference in Potsdam, Germany this week. She will be one of the  guest speakers at the Tradeit Bakery and Brokerage Convention in Potsdam, Berlin, to discuss their […]

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The Chef’s Table: Get The Most Out Of Oysters

The Chef’s Table: Get The Most Out Of Oysters

November 2, 2014 at 10:44 am Comments are Disabled

Oysters are in season and our food writer, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies, describes how to buy, open and cook them to perfection…  Oysters, you either love them or hate them. I haven’t always liked oysters, but discovered how good they are whilst working in Australia. Australia now […]

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Out To Lunch: Go West For A Great Bite To Eat

Out To Lunch: Go West For A Great Bite To Eat

November 1, 2014 at 9:53 am Comments are Disabled

The Mercantile Bar Manor West Hotel I FOUND myself in Manor last Thursday. Me and the rest of Kerry it seems. At about 1.20pm a parking space was harder to find than a Narie on a bus to Killarney this Sunday. From now until the first week in January, Manor will […]

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Out To Lunch: Chopin’s Strikes The Right Note

Out To Lunch: Chopin’s Strikes The Right Note

October 26, 2014 at 8:58 am Comments are Disabled

Chopin’s Cafe And Restaurant Ashe Street I’VE already extolled the attractions of an Ashe Street establishment some months ago with a review of Mozarts. Of course it’s not the only cafe which takes its name from a classical composer. O the same side of the street but just on the […]

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High Praise For Tralee Hospitality This Week

High Praise For Tralee Hospitality This Week

October 23, 2014 at 9:58 am Comments are Disabled

IT’S been a good week for two local hospitality businesses who received glowing compliments in national and international media. The Sunday World gave The Roast House a 5/5 review while Ballygarry House Hotel received high praise in The Irish Post, a UK weekly newspaper aimed at expats. The Sunday World’s ‘Grub Spy’ critic […]

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The Chef’s Table: Mmmm…Chocolate!

The Chef’s Table: Mmmm…Chocolate!

October 19, 2014 at 3:28 pm Comments are Disabled

Our food expert, Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ in Firies, on the artistry involved in cooking with chocolate  Working with chocolate is something that takes years of practice. It takes a special kind of chef to work with chocolate. Like perfect chocolate masterpieces, they need to be cool and well […]

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The bar downstairs has kept the character of its previous incarnation. Photo by Dermot Crean

Out To Lunch: Value And Quality At The Brogue

October 18, 2014 at 11:16 am Comments are Disabled

Kirby’s Brogue Inn Rock Street I HAD intended on writing an ‘Out To Lunch’ on tour this week, seeing as I was ‘out foreign’ this week but then I had a change of mind. It’s not much good to readers of this column to be extolling the culinary delights of […]

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Top Honour For The ‘Masterchef’ At Darcy’s

Top Honour For The ‘Masterchef’ At Darcy’s

October 17, 2014 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

  A TRALEE man, who has been a head chef in restaurants all over the world, has been awarded the top honour of ‘Masterchef’. Ballinorig native, Noel Keane, is head chef in Darcy’s Restaurant in Barrack Lane, Tralee, which has been nominated for numerous awards over the last year. Now […]

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Tralee Foodies To Flock To Listowel Next Month

Tralee Foodies To Flock To Listowel Next Month

October 15, 2014 at 5:37 am Comments are Disabled

  A MIGRATION of Tralee foodies will happen next month when the 2oth anniversary of the Listowel Food Fair takes place next month The mouth watering programme of events, for the week-long event from Monday November 17 to Sunday November 23,  includes a Gala Dinner and Awards, Craft Beer Symposium, Farming Seminar, Best Emerging […]

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The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Recipe For Autumn/Winter

The Chef’s Table: A Perfect Recipe For Autumn/Winter

October 12, 2014 at 10:43 am Comments are Disabled

Mark Doe of ‘Just Cooking’ In Firies, has a great recipe for braised red cabbage… With the Autumn here and Winter just around the corner, I thought now is the perfect time to share my braised red cabbage recipe with you all. I love to serve this cabbage with game, […]

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Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Denny Lane

Out To Lunch: A Trip Down Denny Lane

October 11, 2014 at 8:53 am Comments are Disabled

Denny Lane Bistro Denny Street I SEEM to be running out of places to eat in Tralee. I found this out while walking around town one afternoon, searching for an eaterie about which to write a review and finding I’d already covered about 22 places so far. Then I remembered Denny Lane. […]

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