Best Value : Heron & Grey
Etto and it's new sister restaurant Uno Mas are great value. However, the best value in Dublin may be Heron & Grey with a tasting menu coming in less than similar high end restaurants in Dublin. Their wine pairings are excellent value too.
Best Casual Dining : Uno Mas
Etto, The Old Spot, Michael's and Clanbrassil House are all great casual dining spots, but this year the award goes to the newly opened Uno Mas, which has hit the ground running with top notch Spanish inspired food and wine.
Best Family Dining : Michael's
There is an award for a restaurant where we can bring our 2 year old, Emma, and she can also have a great meal too. She loved the chips and risotto in Pichet and the roast chicken in The Old Spot, but the award goes to Michael's, which has a high-chair, a great children's menu and excellent food for us parents.
Best Service : Heron & Grey
A few places come to mind for this award. In Etto they manage to always look in control in a small space, whilst Mulberry Garden continues to be hospitable and welcoming. This year, though, we think Heron & Grey, which manages to be professional, yet personal and intimate, has the best service,
Best Dish : Veal Sweetbreads @ The Greenhouse
There are 3 dishes that come to mind. Duck with Lavender in Heron & Grey, flan de queso in Uno Mas, but the one that lives strongest in the memory is Veal sweetbreads with sprouts and gnocchetti and the most amazing rich jus in The Greenhouse.
Best Meal : Heron & Grey
There are 3 stand out meals of the year. Glover's Alley offered some delightful dishes. The Greenhouse gave us our dish of the year, but the standout meal was in Heron & Grey, which has continued to meet the high standards that it has set themselves over the last few years.
Best Wine : Uno Mas
Piglet has a very impressive wine list and the wine on offer in Heron & Grey is well selected and sourced. However, it is newcomer Uno Mas that has the wine list which excites us the most. There are a large selection of greats wines for under €40 and a lot of interesting wines made with indigenous grapes.
Best Chef : Damien Grey (Heron & Grey)
We were lucky enough to eat in Heron & Grey twice this year and both meals were excellent, so Damien Grey is an obvious choice for best chef. Damien has developed his own style, cooks with passion and didn't serve us a bad dish across the two meals.
Best Restaurant : Heron & Grey
Heron & Grey, which will soon be relaunched as Liath without Andrew Heron, delighted us on two occasions in 2018. This tiny little space in Blackrock Market, is serving exciting and delicious food. It is difficult to get a reservation, but it is definitely worth the effort.