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Ireland’s 2009 ‘Bib Gourmands’

bib-gourmandsThe Michelin Guide, as well as dishing out stars for the world’s fanciest high-end restaurants, also nominates places to receive a ‘Bib Gourmand’.  The Bib Gourmand represents fine dining at what the Michelin Guide considers to be affordable prices.

The following Irish establishments are on the 2009 Bib Gourmand list:

  • Customs House – Baltimore
  • Cayenne – Belfast
  • Cafe Hans – Cashel
  • Sha Roe Bistro – Clonegall
  • The Chart House – Dingle
  • Bang Café – Dublin
  • La Maison des Gourmets – Dublin
  • The Winding Stair – Dublin
  • Aldridge Lodge – Duncannon
  • Good Things Café – Durrus
  • Fontana – Holywood
  • The Lime Tree – Kenmare
  • Casino House – Kilbrittain
  • Fishy Fishy Café – Kinsale
  • Restaurant 23 – Warrenpoint

Your thoughts on the selection? I think The Winding Stair and La Maison De Gourmets are both great recommendations.


  1. The Good Things Cafe in Durras is lovely! I was only there once but it lingers in the memory.

  2. fishy fishy was my favourite restaurant that i visited last year. the fish tasted like it was pulled out of the sea, the seawater shaken off and thrown into the pan. loved it

  3. After eating in many of the 2 & 3 Star Michelin Restaurants accross europe inc El Buili in Spain on a few occasions Casino House in Kilbrittain West Cork has to be one of my favorite not only for the amazing food but also the warm service

  4. Fishy fisy is amazing … love it!
    Sha Roe – i have heard wonderful reports on this restaurant the owners are a lovely couple, he used be Head Chef in Marlfield House and his new wife is Swiss and has a fabulous manner. Bought a voucher for my parents to go last year and they loved it. Seeing as they didn’t bring me I will have to try it out myself soon:-)

  5. Le Tire Bouchon, above The Sky and The Ground Pub in Wexford town is my top restaurant this year so far. I think they deserve a Bib Gourmand, you can go in and get a fantastic 5 course meal plus a glass of wine for only 23.95. Now if thats not value for money and deserves recognition, I don’t know what is.
    Food is amazing and Service is exceptional, and the restaurant itself is very warm and relaxing. It’s one of those places that when you sit down, it’s so hard to get up and go because of the atmosphere. Oh yeah, wine selection is great

  6. well I ate in La Maison (Dublin) last night, and all the starters were absolutely yummy. But the main courses were as if they came from a different restaurant…they were very poor. Desserts were again, fab. A wonderful hazelnut creme brulee and a molten chocolate fondant…actually, normally don’t have a sweet tooth, but as we didn’t really eat our main courses there was space left for them. Unfortunately our espressos were burned! yuk. But in typical Dublin fashion, the tables were practically on top of one another, the chairs were terribly uncomfortable, and the lights were on full blast…great for athmosphere! Staff were wonderful though….the best I’ve come across in a while.

  7. basically it’s an award for cheap food , so if you are stupid enough to charge hardly anything for your food which is fine dining standard .