A rough culinary guide to Irish favourites

Though the Irish cuisine might not be known very well outside the country, there are still a lot of surprising discoveries to be made. The Irish gastronomy reinvents itself by putting a modern twist on traditional dishes; innovative chefs are creating new dishes all the time, and there is a new thinking about when it comes to sourcing the ingredients for the dishes. Many chefs are now foraging, growing their own vegetables and fruits, and are generally buying their ingredients as locally as possible.

So if you are planning on visiting Ireland, try the following dishes to get a taste of Ireland!

Irish StewIrish Stew

Irish Stew is a national dish. Especially in the pubs, this Irish staple is always on the menu and can be enjoyed any time of the year. It is a ragout of usually lamb meat, or sometimes beef, cooked with a variety of vegetables like carrots, potatoes and leek.

It is one of the dishes you should try because of the richness of flavours. It goes well with Irish beers - try some micro-brewery beers with the stew!


Colcannon in the Roadside TavernColcannon

Colcannon is mashed potatoes with strips of cabbage leaves and onions mixed through it. Also added in are good Irish butter and milk which give the mash a wonderful round flavour.

In the Roadside Tavern, next to the Burren Smokehouse, this traditional dish is refined by adding a darn of Burren Hot Smoked Irish Organic Salmon to it - you will lick your fingers and the plate, when nobody is looking!


Fish and chips in IrelandFish'n'Chips

The Fish'n Chips has well earned a spot on the favourites list of Irish dishes. It is very simple but very tasty and satisfying, something to look forward to when coming to Ireland.
It consists of white fish like cod or haddock in a coat of eggs and breadcrumbs which is fried in a deep-fat fryer, and served with chips (French fries). Up until the 1980s, it was served in newspapers, but that was stopped due to the bad health impact of the ink.


Lobster Salad

Don't hesitate to order a lobster salad as a starter. You will find this salad in every food business from humble pubs to Michelin-starred restaurants in towns and villages along the coastline. The salad is usually composed of lobster, lettuce, thinly sliced peppers, celery, lemon, onions and mayonnaise. You will be surprised about the quality of the dish and the culinary skills that have developed on the island.