SOME of Limerick’s top restaurants scooped prizes at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards 2012 last week.
The county finals of the Restaurant Awards 2012 took place in the Imperial Hotel, Cork, last week and saw several of Limerick’s restaurants rewarded.
The Cornstore on Thomas Street in the city won best restaurant in Limerick, while the Locke Bar took the gastro-pub award.
La Cucina in Castletroy took the award for best casual dining and the Mustard Seed in Adare took home the award for best customer service.
The Oakroom restaurant in Adare Manor won best hotel restaurant while Mark Donohue, chef in Adare Manor, took the top prize for best chef in Limerick.
The county winners will now go on to the regional and All-Ireland awards in the Burlington Hotel Dublin on May 14.
The awards are sponsored by Santa Rita and the Sunday Independent Life Magazine, whose readers, and members of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, selected the nominees.
The nominees were then assessed by regional judging panels featuring industry experts and the votes were independently assessed by KPMG who decided the county winner in each category.
Over 200 restaurateurs attended the awards last week and Adrian Cummins of the Restaurants Association of Ireland said he “looked forward to seeing all of the winners at the All-Ireland awards in Dublin in May”.
“Since their inception, the Irish Restaurant Awards have cast a spotlight on Ireland’s hottest restaurants and chefs. They have become a byword for quality, class and achievement and are the awards everyone wants to win,” he explained.
“As a testament to their success, the entries have doubled since last year, with 5,000 nominations for the awards this year in the various categories throughout the country,” he added.
For more details see www.irishrestaurantawards.com.