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“The bee's knees!”
Review of Idas Restaurant

Idas Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 71 Restaurants in Dingle
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Irish, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Innovative, modern Irish cuisine with a keen eye for presentation in heart of Dingle town. Recommended in the Michelin Guide, Top 100 restaurants in Ireland, and top chefs to watch for 2015 by McKenna's Guides. Follow the journey at idasdingle on Instagram.
Reviewed 27 September 2013

I had a wonderful family meal at Ida's over the summer. The food was delicious from start to finish. Imaginative and perfectly executed, a real celebration of the wonderful produce available in West Kerry. Delighted that there is something of this quality available in Ballydavid, one of my favourite spots on the planet. Congratulations!

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1  Thank Aoife74
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Reviewed 9 September 2013

Just last night we were privelaged to dine at this amazing restaurant at the recommendation of our B&B owner (I wall Na Mara). Very unassuming looking from the outside, but when you walk in the cozy atmosphere and warm greeting are just the start to a lovely dining experience. You can tell that there is much love and care put into the food here and they are proudly local. I had the Risotto which was cooked perfectly and topped with pistachios and a few fennel flowers which added a new angle on an oft recognized flavor. My wife had the hake which was perfectly cooked and seasoned as well. The perfect meal was accompanied by great wine, dessert, and Gaelic hospitality. This is a can't miss experience for anyone who appreciates well executed local fare.

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Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

Ate an extraordinary meal here. One for true foodies. The menu excites and celebrates Irish produce with contemporary cooking inspired primarily by French cuisine. We had a beautiful twist on the humble scotch egg with potato and crab replacing the sausage meat and a quails egg (perfectly soft) replacing the hens egg. With a cauliflower purée and a sliver of chorizo it was beautifully judged.

My wife had a beautiful salad of caramelised pears, green beans, walnuts and local blue cheese. Classic combinations.

Mains were a fabulous saddle of lamb dish with delicately scented anise carrot purée, navets. Cuisson was a little over but the dish was a triumph.

My wife had a beautiful risotto with leeks, fresh garlic and broad beans.

Wine selection is tight but well informed and well judged for the dishes on offer. The lemon posset desert was bursting with summer flavours on a murky evening.

For fans of whiskey, the range of rare whiskeys represent splendid value for a restaurant and are well worth an end of meal indulgence. A tyrconnell 10 yr in my case.

Two ate two starters, mains, wine, a dessert, coffee and 1 digestif for 100 including a generous (and well deserved) tip.

Ambience is lovely with unobtrusive lilting by billy holiday, ray Charles and miles Davis during on trip. Front of house service is charming.

This is small restaurant so give yourself time to enjoy the experience. You won't get in and out in 90 minutes so just make sure you've the time to enjoy it.

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1  Thank robespierre1798
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Reviewed 8 August 2013

This is one of the best hidden restaurants we've eaten in anywhere in the World! Idas is in a plain house at the back of the pub called Tigh TP, next to the pier in the lovely village of Ballydavid (called Baile na nGall on the signposts). There is no name over the door, but there were a few signs leading into the village which encouraged us to persist in our hunt for the restaurant and when we enquired in TP's, we were directed out the back and we entered via a plain front door complete with frosted glass, into the wonderful cottage that is Idas. The house has been converted into a single room with a high ceiling, whitewashed walls and two fireplaces, but from the outside you would never know that it was a restaurant other than for a clipboard with the menu hanging on the wall next to the front door.

Idas is closed on Tuesdays and their phone number is 087-7118590. We dined there two nights in a row because it was so good. The owner chef is Kevin Murphy who uses locally sourced fresh ingredients including lobster, hake, sole, lamb and beef to produce fabulous dishes. The portions by Kerry standards are not huge, but they are wonderfully tasty and rich in flavour. You will not leave Idas hungry. A special mention also for Cian who attended to us, a really friendly guy. We'll be back when we return to the Dingle peninsular.

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Reviewed 6 August 2013

we ate in Idás the other night because i won a prize from liking and sharing their page on facebook. it was one of the finest and most pleasurable nights i have had. from the little touches (glass of prosecco, flowers and vibrant atmosphere and music) to the fab food with a taste of sheer delight. the lobster starter, the hake and the lemon posset were amazing. topping the night was the joys of hearing the irish spoken to all. keep up the good work. i will be back again.... happy and smiling customer.

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2  Thank Mary Jo B
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