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					                                                                                                                            EVENING HERALD WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2009               13


Overpriced, bad service, stuck
in the restaurants
ditched from influential guide
                                                                                                                                                     HIDING: Kieran Kavanagh

                                                                                                                                                     on bail for
  IN                                                                                      OUT                                                        child porn
                                                                                                                                                     By Conor Gallagher

                                                                                                                                                     A FATHER-OF-TWO is to be
                                                                                                                                                     sentenced early next year for
                                                                                                                                                     possession of more than 50,000
                                                                                                                                                     child pornography images.
                                                                                                                                                       Kieran Kavanagh (51) of
                                                                                                                                                     Catherine's Court, Newgrove
                                                                                                                                                     Avenue, Sandymount will have
                                                                                                                                                     to submit to random garda
                                                                                                                                                     checks on his computer while
                                                                                                                                                     he awaits finalisation of his sen-
                                                                                                                                                     tence in March. He also had
                                                                                                                                                     102 movies of child abuse,
                                                                                                                                                     including one showing a child
                                                                                                                                                     being raped by an adult.
                                                                                                                                                       He pleaded guilty at Dublin
                                                                                                                                                     Circuit Criminal Court to pos-
                                                                                                                                                     session of the files on his com-
                                                                                                                                                     puter and hard drive on
                                                                                                                                                     September 15, 2007.
                                                                                                                                                       Judge Katherine Delahunt
                                                                                                                                                     remanded him on continuing
GUIDE FAVOURITES: Clockwise, from top left; Marco Pierre White, Ten                    OUT OF FAVOUR: Clockwise, from top left; Dunne & Crescenzi,
Fourteen, The Pig’s Ear and Nick Munier’s Pichet                                       Vermilion, La mere Zou, and Les Freres Jacques                     

By Melanie Finn                                                         Given the troubled times
                                                                     for the restaurant industry,
                                                                     Mr Trainer added how it was
SOME of the capital’s best-                                          imperative to be extremely
known restaurants are off the                                        critical when it came to select-
menu for gourmands after                                             ing the final 100.
being snubbed in an influen-                                            “The whole idea is that
tial list of the top eateries.                                       we’re starting from scratch
   The knives are out in the                                         this year and places have to
hospitality industry after                                           meet certain criteria when it
some of our most exclusive                                           comes to excellent service,
venues failed to make the                                            food and general atmosphere
final cut in the Dubliner 100                                        – somewhere you’re going to
Best Restaurants 2010 guide.                                         have a good time.”
   The Herald can exclusively                                           There was plenty of good
reveal that among those left                                         news for some newcomers
off the 2010 list are Dunne &    CRITICAL: Paul Trainer              though, with Marco Pierre
Crescenzi, Vermilion, Still at                                       White’s Dawson Street eatery
the Dylan Hotel, Elephant &      of your chicken wings. Places       making it on, as well as Nick
Castle and the Four Seasons      like Les freres Jacques have        Munier’s Pichet; Ten
restaurant Seasons.              been on the list for the past       Fourteen in Clontarf; Green
   Other notable absentees are   seven years but it’s gone now.      Nineteen; Monty’s of Kath-
Les Freres Jacques, La mere      We have also swapped cafe           mandu, The Pig’s Ear; King
Zou, Leon, and Yamamori.         bar Deli’s city centre              Sitric, Le Bon Crubeen and
   According to the maga-        restaurants in favour of its        Soup Dragon.
zine’s Paul Trainer, some of     Ranelagh branch.                       Tonight will see the official
the restaurants have been on        “One of the big trends we        unveiling of the new tome
the list since 2002 but have     saw was that increasingly,          with a bash in the Westin
not made it this year due to     people are going to their reli-     Hotel, where Mr Trainer will
the highly competitive times.    able neighbourhood restau-          also present the Santa Rita’s
   “People demand value now      rants in the suburbs instead        People’s Choice Award for
more than ever and many of       of trekking into town for           Dublin’s most popular restau-
these places are over-priced     some over-rated landmark            rant.
and have poor serv-                          place.                     Voted for by the public, pre-
ice. There’s a few                              “People have         vious winners include
places that haven’t                          spent a lot of          Chapter One, Jo’Burger and
reacted to the times                         money creating          L’Gueuleton.
and there’s no point                         these rarefied             The Chef’s Chef Award will
celebrating them any                         dining rooms with-      also be dished out, with Derry
more,” he said.                               out realising cus-     Clarke, Sebastian Masi, Ross
   “A lot of the places                       tomers don’t want      Lewis and Kevin Thornton all
are stuck back in 1997                        these affectations     on the shortlist.
and you can’t run a                           – it’s all about the
whole restaurant                              food and the                
based on the quality                           ambiance.”

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