2022 Award Winners ‘HAPPY PLACE’ AWARD 2022


Gaz Smith Michaels & Little Mikes Mount Merrion and Big Mikes Blackrock Co Dublin


Gaz Smith

 When the Being Above was giving out personality, an extra helping must have gone to Gareth (Gaz) Smith, the irrepressible chef who has been delighting customers at the Mount Merrion restaurant Michael’s, that he’s run with his wife Rita since 2016, then also Little Mikes - and, most recently, the glamorous Big Mikes in Blackrock, which opened this year to rousing cheers all round. Gaz’s passion for good locally sourced food (notably the freshest of seafood and aged steaks) simply done and full of flavour, is infectious, and the friendly and efficient staff in all venues ensure that a good time is had by all – a mood that everyone can share via the hugely entertaining and very practical book, And for Mains…, that Gaz wrote during the pandemic with butcher Rick Higgins and journalist Nicola Brady. Although published over a year ago, it’s still picking up awards including winning the ‘Chefs & Restaurants’ category at the prestigious IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) Cookbook Awards, which is quite feat – and, like a visit to any of his restaurants, guaranteed to make you smile.


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10 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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3 votes

Little Mike’s

Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin
Fish & Seafood / 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
Opening a few doors down from the incredibly popular Michael’s, Little Mike’s has given the denizens of Mount Merrion yet another top class neighbourhood restaurant, courtesy of the talented Gareth (Gaz) Smith. While the original Michael&r ...
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3 votes

Big Mike's

Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Restaurant
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
After the run-away success of Michael’s in Mount Merrion and expansion to Little Mike’s a few doors down, chef-proprietor Gaz Smith still couldn’t accommodate the hungry hordes seeking out his superlative seafood each week. Taking hi ...


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