by Manon Gilbart
LIMERICK restaurateurs took a storm of awards back to the Treaty city from the Munster Regional Final of the 2022 Irish Restaurant Awards last week.
Over 800 restaurant and hospitality hopefuls attended the awards in the Radisson Blue Hotel Island in Cork. Out of 16 contested categories, Limerick entrants brought home 16 prestigious awards.
Wade Murphy of 1826 Adare won both the Local Food Hero and the Best Chef awards. The establishment also won the Best Restaurant title.
Café Lógr, also of Adare, won both Best Emerging Irish Cuisine and the Best Café award.
Dasco Deli won Best World Cuisine, while Best Newcomer was awarded to Spitjack. The Best Gastro Pub award went to Curragower Bar.
Mothers Mac’s won Pub of The Year, and the Best Casual Dining title was awarded to The French Table.
Best Hotel and Guesthouse went to The Mustard Seed, while the Adare Manor won the Best Hotel and Guesthouse Restaurant award.
The East Room won Best Sustainable practices, and Copia Green won the Free From award.
John Edward Joyce of The Mustard Seed brought home the award for Best Restaurant Manager, with his establishment also winning the Best Customer Service crown.
Those looking for the best wine experience should head to No. 1 Pery Square Hotel and Spa, the emerging winners in that category.
Speaking at the Munster Regional Awards, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Adrian Cummins, said that the Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the existing and up-and-coming talent in the sector and are a reminder that hospitality is nothing without the dedication and passion of the staff.
The Munster winners will now compete for the All Ireland titles, which will be announced at the Irish Restaurant Awards All-Ireland Final on September 19 at the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD).