Firstly, to blow the trumpet of, in my opinion, the finest chef in the country, Paul Flynn of The Tannery in Dungarvan. It is top class, and Locke, Fran, or Rocko or anybody else looking to treat a lady companion, book the tannery townhouse and stay over... its smashing.
I also ate in Balzac 12 months ago (to the week actually), and at the time Paul Flynn was executive chef there. He transformed La Stampa which was an average restuarant in the best dining room in dublin into a restaurant that fitted in with its setting.
I have also had the pleasure of dining in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud this year, and the service and food quality top class as is probably befitting of a two star restaurant.
I had sunday lunch in The Mill at lyons before its decline and it was great, and despite Corrigan being a bit of a coont, i will try out his new place on the green..
Haven't made it to Chapter One yet, but it top of my too do list, closing followed by the Winding Stair.
Fran, I am also a fan of Gruel and might hit it sunday afternoon before the munster leinster match...