A few candidates for this one. Mulberry Garden and Thornton's stand out as good, knowledgeable and friendly service, but The Cliffhouse service could compete would some of the best service we have had in restaurants around the world.
Best Value: Mulberry Garden, Dublin
There is still some good value out there. The lunch menu in Patrick Guilbauds is one of the best values meals around, but Mulberry Garden is really great value. Classy food on a menu that changes weekly is a great price at €42 for 3 courses or €60 for 6.
Best Wine: Saison, Dublin
Saison's wine pairing with the tasting menu was of high quality and very good value for the standard of wines offered.
Best Newcomer: Amuse, Dublin
A couple of restaurants come to mind. Brioche in Ranelagh is a very nice new restaurant and we are looking forward to returning. Amuse showed a lot potential and is doing something interesting and is our choice for the best newcomer.
Best Meal: Thorntons (Tasting Menu, May), Dublin
The tasting menu in Thornton's Restaurant last spring was our best meal in Ireland of 2014. It was imaginative, very well executed and showed Kevin Thornton at his best.
Best Dish: Saltee Island and Bere Island Scallop, Thornton's, Dublin
Raw and untouched scallops from Saltee Island, served with beetroot and apple. Deceptively simple, each ingredient tastiest like it should in its purest form. The 2nd part of this dish was a perfectly cooked scallop from Bere Island served in rich shellfish veloute with sea urchin. Perfect!
Best Chef: Kevin Thornton, Thornton's, Dublin
Our tasting menu in Thornton's Restaurant last spring showed Kevin Thornton at his best. Other chefs worth noting are Tom Doyle from Mulberry Garden, who is producing great food and going from strength to strength, while Graham Neville from Restaurant 41 is another to take note of.
Best Restaurant: Mulberry Garden, Dublin
Two restaurants contended this one. Thornton's on it day is a great restaurant and can be quite extraordinary, but Mulberry Garden is consistently serving top quality food, with a menu that constantly changes, it is great value and is a restaurant that is always exciting. For us, it is the restaurant we would go to if we could only have one last meal in Dublin.
There were several restaurants with top class service. In London, Hibiscus had the best service, but St John and The Hand And Flowers were also particularly good. The service in Noma was flawless though, friendly, fun, professional, engaging and knowledgeable.
Best Value: Lima Floral, London
Relae in Copenhagen was great value and was serving really top class food. St John in London was brilliant value for money also. But the best value was the lunch menu in Lima Floral. Less than £20 for really great food and a very reasonably priced wine list.
Best Wine: Hibiscus, London
One restaurant stands out and that was the wine pairings with the lunch menu in Hibiscus. Really top class wines that were well priced. The Sauternes was particularly note worthy.
Best Meal: Noma, Copenhagen (November Visit)
There isn't much to say, except that our meal in Noma in November was simply amazing.
Best Dish: Rhubarb root, Shrimp, Nasturium, Noma (November Visit)
There are several dishes from Noma that could win this prize. But the best dish from that meal was the Shrimp, Nasturum and beetroot root. It was perfection. From another restaurant in Copenhagen, Relae, a dish of trout, mushroom and chicken skin was also sublime and a dish we won't easily forget.
Best Chef: Rene Redzepi, Noma
Redzepi deserves the accolades he gets. He has changed the culinary landscape and his food and restaurant are remarkable.
Best Restaurant: Noma, Copenhagen
A bit of an obvious choice to give this to a restaurant that has won best restaurant in the world four times. But it is the best restaurant we have eaten in and fully deserves the acclaim.