Asheesh Dewan of Chakra/Jaipur was found lamenting the bureaucracy causing a delay in the opening of his new Dundrum diner. It sounds like the Indian chefs are locked up in a warehouse somewhere, awaiting customs clearance. Consolation was to be found in Benny Jacobs of Chakra in Greystones winning the award of restaurant manager of the year.
The award season is upon us. The Restaurant Association’s Jacob’s Creek-sponsored shindig at The Westin was the usual sociable affair. Trick is to avoid going on to The Palace Bar afterwards with the likes of Peter Caviston and Aidan McManus. I couldn’t this year, the day (and probably the next) would have been wasted and I had shedloads of writing to get through before going on holiday. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud took the top award. I think there’s a case to be made for giving Patrick a trophy in perpetuity. Guilbaud’s has been a shining inspiration to Irish restaurateurs since it opened its doors in the eighties.