2021 Award Winners BEST COLLABORATIONS 2021


BEST COLLABORATIONS 2021


BEST COLLABORATIONS 2021

Gaz Smith Michaels Mount Merrion & Higgins Family Butchers Sutton

‘Gaz’ Smith has moved so fast to develop new strands to his business that it’s hard to keep up with the changes since Covid-19 shuttered his two popular south Dublin restaurants, Michael’s Mount Merrion and Little Mikes, in spring 2020. But, with ‘develop and diversify’ now the key to survival for restaurateurs, it’s fascinating to see the dexterity with which he has moved from one combination of businesses to another throughout the crisis, always seeking and creating opportunities to develop and diversify in order to keep going, retain his staff and support the many valued suppliers who also lost their main outlets when hospitality closed down. Key changes included an early move into click-and-collect and developing a successful retail range. Also the transformation of Little Mikes into the Little Lockdown shop and – building on a working relationship with Higgins Family Butchers in Sutton, suppliers of the superb ‘steak’ half of his steak & seafood offering - the opening of Little Lockdown North (now Michael’s Sutton), which took over the deli section of the esteemed north Dublin butchers. Gaz Smith represents a new breed of 'gastropreneurs' who recognise that growth is not always sustainable in an era of uncertainty and climate change, so the focus is on diversification, as distinct from expansion – and many of the changes triggered by Covid-19, including shorter working hours for staff, are likely to remain in place longterm.

Whelehans Wines & China Sichuan Dublin

Offering restaurant quality takeaway food from one of Ireland’s longest established and best loved Chinese restaurants, together with wines from one of its top wine merchants was a sure fire recipe for success during the pandemic and it guaranteed a steady weekend queue at the old Siver Tassie premises in Loughlinstown, now home to Whelehans Wines. So now the faithful followers of the wonderful China Sichuan could collect favourites like the “Man & Wife” Beef Salad, “Kung-Po” Chicken with Cashew nuts with Steamed Jasmine Rice and “millonaires Twix” to enjoy in their own time. It’s back to restaurant dining now, but who’s complaining!
 


China Sichuan Restaurant - Sandyford Dublin 18 Ireland
100%
8 votes

China Sichuan Restaurant

Dublin 18, Dublin City
Restaurant
Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Fans of China Sichuan enjoy this Dublin restaurants modern interpretations of classic Sichuan cuisine - which is better than ever - with the wide-ranging à la carte menu complemented by value menus both at lunchtime and in the evening. The layo ...
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100%
9 votes

Michael's

Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin
Deli / Restaurant / Speciality Store
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Cosily situated in Mount Merrion, overlooking the bright lights of Dublin city, Michael’s has been part of the neighbourhood since 1999 - old school Italian bistro in style, with a big warm welcome and walls of wine and food to buy. But since for ...
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97%
15 votes

Higgins Family Butchers

Dublin 13, Dublin City
Butchers / Café / Meat & Game / Producers Shop / Speciality Store
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
Going through Sutton Cross is enjoyable these days, with the pretty sage green frontage of Higgins Family Butchers to distract the eye when waiting at the lights - and there's a lovely bakery counter too, which will tempt you to try one of their gorgeo ...
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96%
6 votes

Whelehans Wines

Co. Dublin, East
Classes/Courses / Online Shop / Restaurant / Wine Bar
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner
At this temple to superb wine and great food in the old Silver Tassie venue, wine industry veteran David Whelehan has assembled a seriously impressive team around him – including Martina Delaney, who garnered many admirers during her tenure as so ...


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