Restaurants in Ireland are renown for serving some of the best food in the world. Irish seafood restaurants have the advantage of the best produce found anywhere, while Irish Beef and Lamb is loved the world over. Irish pubs and restaurants serving the traditional Irish food and Guinness can be found all over the world, in every large city and country. This is an indication of how popular the native cuisine is but to try the best there is, you really need to sample it in its true home.
Top of the list on any description of Irish cuisine is the full Irish breakfast. A greasy but extremely appetising combination of bacon, sausages, eggs, black & white pudding and eggs. A good Irish breakfast will keep you going for the entire day. The locals will also try to convince you that a full Irish breakfast is also the best cure for a hangover!! They should know......
Irish Restaurants are noted for the quality of their seafood restaurants and wild game restaurants. Seafood restaurants in Ireland offer wonderful variety of dishes including salmon, trout, bream and the very special Irish Oyster. Game fowl restaurants offer the very best in pheasant, pigeon, quail and wild duck. Some of the seafood and fowl dishes served in Irish restaurants are seasonal, as the majority prefer to offer fresh produce.
The Irish are also famous for their love of potatoes. Potatoes are served on many forms, from boiled, chips, roasted, pan fried, potato cakes and many more. Irish stew is another specialty and a great deal of visitors to the country are familiar with. It is also an extremely popular choice on pub menus and like the Irish breakfast, you won't have much room left for desert after eating a hot portion of Irish stew. Smoked salmon with traditional brown bread is also something which you really should try. In fact fish and seafood in general are of an excellent standard in Ireland.
When it comes to drink there are not many of you out there who even need to be told about the native tipple. But while there are quite a few of you who think you have already tasted Guinness in your home country, the reality is that Guinness sold outside the country is not the same thing at all. As soon as you sip your first pint on Irish soil, you'll know exactly what we mean. The locals say that Guinness does not travel. They just prefer to keep it all for themselves.
As well as Guinness, other traditional drinks include Murphy's, a sweet stout brewed in Cork. Smithwicks is a light ale and not as heavy as Guinness. You should also be aware that the last two are primarily consumed by 'oul lads' or senior gentlemen to those of you who have yet to familiarise yourself with the local dialect. Irish liqueurs and whiskeys have also made their mark in the drinks world with delights such as Baileys, Sheridans, Irish Mist. There are some excellent whiskeys brewed in Ireland, including Jameson, Bushmills, Paddy and Powers.