AN ARRAY of Limerick restaurants have been recognised at the Munster regional final of the Irish Restaurant Awards.
Over 400 restaurant owners and staff celebrated at the ceremony in the Strand hotel this week.
The Limerick winners were 1826 Adare for best restaurant, while its chef and proprietor Wade Murphy also took home the award for best chef.
The best hotel restaurant went to The Oakroom Restaurant at Adare Manor Hotel, while in the city Canteen on Mallow Street scooped the gong for best casual dining.
Best gastro pub went to Collins Bar in Dooradoyle, and best newcomer was claimed by Asian street food eaterie Aroi on O’Connell.
Sash restaurant, the rebranded restaurant in No 1 Pery Square, won best wine experience and The Mustard Seed at Echo Lodge was acknowledged for best customer service.
Speaking at the awards, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said the awards are now in their seventh year and have become the island’s biggest food awards.
“The credibility that these awards have is reflected in the amount of nominations they received this year - over 30,000 votes were cast across twelve categories, showing that these are the awards that everyone wants to win.
“The Irish restaurant scene is internationally recognised for its high calibre of restaurateurs and chefs. These awards celebrate the people that make the restaurant sector the dynamic and exciting industry it is. They are the people who provide 72,000 jobs to our economy and generate revenue in excess of €2 billion. We’re recognising the talent, hard work and commitment that everyone here gives to the food industry,” said Mr Cummins.
All county winners will now compete for the regional and All Ireland title, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards in the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, Dublin on Monday May, 25.