Thursday, April 28, 2011

Restaurant 1014

Ten out of Ten: 1. Paul Breen, Margaret Butler & Anthony Nilan. 2. Dr. Mary Ward; 3. John & Mary Lou Nolan.

We are so lucky to have such a huge number of quality restaurants in Dublin. We really are spoilt for choice. The annual Top 100 book from The Dubliner is a handy guide when struggling to think of a place to eat but even then it can be difficult to decide. They all have good food, lovely ambience and great service. Every now and then however a very special place will pip the others to the post and Restaurant 1014 in Clontarf is one of those places.

While Restaurant 1014 ticks all the usual boxes (it’s in the Top 100) it also ticks an extra special one as all the profits from the place go directly to the charity CASA, the Caring and Sharing Association. The restaurant is actually owned and operated by CASA and is a valuable source of funds for the charity, which has been helping people with disabilities for over 30 years.

Run by the wonderful Margaret Butler and her efficient team, the eatery is located at 324 Clontarf Road, opposite the wooden bridge to Bull Island. Margaret, along with Cathy Jones of CASA, recently hosted a gourmet evening to highlight the culinary skills of chef Oliver Byrne and his team, who were assisted on the evening by World Master Chef George Smith and Tony Campbell of the Irish Culinary Team. Dishes such as Loch Duart Wild Salmon with Chilli and Ginger Sorbet and line caught Castletownbere Hake with Anise Broth were nothing short of a taste sensation.

So if you’re faced with a dining dilemma and all the options are pretty much the same then you should definitely take a trip to Restaurant 1014; your appetite will thank you, and so will your conscience.