Croí Restaurant Celebrates Several Accolades In Past Month

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Noel Keane outside his Croí Restaurant on Princes Street.

IT’S only been open at its current location since April, but Croí Restaurant has been picking up accolades galore since then.

Having moved from Dominick Street to its present home in Princes Street (just up the street from The Brandon Hotel) in April, the restaurant’s chef/owner Noel Keane is continuing the success and high standards they set since setting up in May 2017.

Noel was celebrating again this week when he was received the YesChef Munster and All-Island Sustainability award at a ceremony in Sligo on Tuesday night.

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But over the last couple of weeks, Noel also received word that Croí has made the prestigious McKenna Guide for 2020 of the Top 100 restaurants in Ireland.

Three weeks ago Croí won the Best Customer Service Award and Best Front Of House Award in Ireland for Catriona Foran from RSVP Magazine and it has also been included in the Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Great Places To Eat for the past two years in a row.

The elegant upstairs room in Croí Restaurant.

Since the move in the spring, they have more space, but the restaurant still retains that intimate feel thanks to having separate ground level, mezzanine and private room areas.

“It’s all down to the team here and it’s nice to be recognised with these awards,” said Noel, who was also named as one of the four ‘signature chefs’ on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Noel is very proud of the latest Sustainability Award and he takes looking after the environment seriously.

The downstairs dining area.

“We nearly at 100% recycling here. There’s no plastic coming in here, the ingredients all come in in reusable containers. All our veg peelings go back to our garden as compost and the garden is 100% organic. It became a mission for us over the past year to reduce our carbon footprint,” he said.

Of course Croí wouldn’t be winning awards if the food wasn’t amazing and it sure is as many who have visited the restaurant over the past two years can attest to.

All the meat and fish are locally sourced — a batch of lobsters had just arrived when paid a visit last Friday — as well as the vegetables and herbs and Noel is adventurous when it comes to combing ingredients.

They have just launched their Christmas party menu (see below), but before that they’re hosting a Wild Game Night on Friday, October 25 with special guest chef/lecturer Mike Foley joining Noel to create a unique collection of game dishes for one night only. For bookings call 066-7120685.

Congratulations to all at Croí on their awards and continued success into the future.

The Croí Restaurant Christmas menu.


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