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The best child-friendly restaurants in Ireland. What made our list?

The best child-friendly restaurants in Ireland. What made our list?

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L’Atmosphere, Henrietta Street, Waterford

I love the sound of this French bistro which comes highly recommended by Brian O’Connell. He says it caters really well for children offering mini-stews and duck dishes. Not many kids’ menus feature beef bourguignon but it’s here and apparently delicious. Ooh la la!

Cost: Children’s menu: 10.50 includes main course and dessert

Contact: 051-858426

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L’ATMOSPHERE

It may be dark and they have an obsession with putting stuff on plates but Arnaud Mary’s L’Atmosphere is a shrine to French bistro cooking. Set lunch and early bird offer very sound value.

IRISH COUNTRY MAGAZINE L:ATMOSPHERE, Ross Golden-Bannon enjoys French bistro style in the Déise

IRISH COUNTRY MAGAZINE L:ATMOSPHERE, Ross Golden-Bannon enjoys French bistro style in the Déise

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There used to be numerous restaurants like Waterford's CAtmosphere across France. Regional eateries using traditional recipes which stretch back generations. They were the template for many Irish restaurants too until we were bitten by the Celtic Tiger. They're now something of a rarity here, as weil as in France, so 1was keen to explore CAtmosphere. 1arrived for a midweek lunch with an old friend (who is responsible for me writing restaurant reViews in the first place). She first persuaded me to become the restaurant critic at The Sunday Business Post sorne 16 years ago. 1have putaway a considerablevolume ofcalories since then, thanks to her, though 1no longer take ail the good advice she gave me. In the early days, her quip that restaurant critics should be "well-covered", ie fat, inspired me to do the Dublin Marathon in 2006. Who says reverse psychology doesn't work?
The friendly staff at CAtmosphere greeted us, bringing menus as weil as sorne struggles with explanations from our French server. As soon as we'd ordered our lunch, an amuse-bouche arrived. Asurprise, really, as the décor of CAtmosphere has the feel of a more casual place with wooden tables and dark stone walls. Yet the amuse spoke of sorne very stylish food ideas. Slivers oflightly acidulated raw scallops with aubergine caviar, peppery olive oil and crispy kale, which was a beautiful combination offlavours and textures.
We chose mostly from the €29 value menu with its very generous choice offive items percourse. As soon as the stuffed chicken roulade arrivedit became clear that this was rather more effort than grand-mère inspired bistro food. The stylish presentation included delicately placed seasonal vegetables, a flavourful jus and sorne quality chicken. 1had the Bluebell goat's cheese mousse with seasonal vegetables, another delightfully presented dish, with contrasting textures of thin toasts, smooth goat's cheese, crispy kale and strips of carrot.
The wine list has offers carafes (€12.S0 for the house red or white) as weil as six wines by the glass. We plumped for the Domaine Mont d'Hortes sauvignon blanc (€21), ideal with the starters and my main.
For the main 1had the fish pie (€13.50), a flavourful dish of white fish with the right balance of piped, creamed potato on top with an immaculately
dressed green salad.
My companion had the beef bourguignon, described on the menu as "classic beef casserole in red wine sauce, beef bourguignon". 1suppose kids these days need evetytliing spelled out for them. Slow-cooked beefis difficult to present
in a stylish way as almost ail the ingredients become dark brown. No problem here for chef-proprietor Patrice Garreau. It was served in a small cast-iron pot on a wooden platter, garnished with lardons. You then helped yourself to what you wanted on your plate. It was filled with the rich, dark notes which only a knowledgeable chef can achieve. Weil worth a visit for this dish alone.
My companion's mother arrived in time for dessert; worryingly she hasn't changed a bit since 1saw her, easily 10 years ago. As 1caught a glimpse of my reflection in my wine glass, 1understood why my "you haven't changed a bit" comment wasn't reciprocated. My indulgent past seems to be painted on my face.
Nobody was having dessert until suddenly everyone had dessert. In an uncharacteristically indecisive mood, my companion couldn't decide which to choose and was persuaded to have a tasting plate. The offering seemed to showcase the entire French patisserie canon, including a refreshing basil granita (great as a palate cleanser), macaron, lemon tarte and a slightly over eggy crème brûlée. 1went for that great test ofachef'sskill, achocolatesoufflé
and this one did not disappoint with an unctuous, warm liquid chocolate
sauce oozing from the centre. Magic with the cool ice cream.
CAtmosphere is a traditional, reliable and long-lived eatery. As restaurant fads come and go, and indeed eating styles, classic French cooking will always be in fashion. If you're tired of tostados or weary ofwheatgrass, the rich flavors of atmosphere are just for you.
WESPENT
€ 123.60 for three courses plus a bottle of wine, coffees and two glasses of Kir Royal to start
WE LOVED
The veryf1ne French cooking and a happy celebration of comforting local and seasonal suppliers

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L'Atmosphere (13)
As French, L’Atmosphere brings the authentic air of a bistro and some masterful cooking to this handsome Georgian house on a quiet downtown lane. The décor is suitably simple, with exposed stonework on the walls and plain wooden tables and chairs, while the menus don’t stray too far from the classics: lobster and prawn bisque and pâtés for starters, boeuf bourguignon and cassoulet of duck confit and Toulouse sausage, as well as plenty of local fish, seafood and game, for mains. I don’t know of a better deal in Ireland than their lunchtime/early bird menu (before 6.45pm), which includes three courses for €20

L’Atmosphere French Restaurant Waterford

L’Atmosphere French Restaurant Waterford

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l'Atmosphere French restaurant in Waterford is well named; it has atmosphere in spades. this small but perfectly formed French bistro is just off the quays, on Henrietta Street, at the Tower hotel end.

It is on Henrietta Street in Waterford, tucked away between Merchants Quay and the main shopping area of the city. L’Atmosphere is an authentic French bistro and wine bar run by Arnaud Mary and Patrice Garreau since 2005.

Arnaud Mary cooks French classics and seasonal and fresh dishes for a constant stream of locals as well as a smattering of the tourist trade. The room is traditional with scored rustic plasterwork and exposed rock and brick walls. The ceiling is high, with thick beams and more plaster, and the wooden floor and simple wooden tables and chairs complement the look perfectly.

We kicked of with an Amuse bouche of homemade black pudding, with a scallop on top, and a prawn in a foam, with little lemon drops. The pudding was spicy and soft, and the prawn packed full of flavour, while the delicate sweet scallop was a perfect foil.

The tasting plate brought an embarrassment of riches; smooth chicken liver pate and coarse farmhouse, goats cheese mousse and taboulah, curried chicken and wild salmon risotto, beetroot purée and a solitary snail, garlic end and parsley and served in his shell, as well as little breads and a pork and cabbage combo.

This was delicious, and I was thankful John had the Cos salad starter, since he could be an extra mouth to feed. We persevered and did it justice.

John main course of line caught wild salmon from the river Suir was simply delicious, while my confit duck and Toulouse sausage cassoulet was a feast served in a pot, and ladled to my plate. A little pork belly and a duck and pork dumpling were added for extra flavour; while a plate of roast potatoes were served on the side. I could have fed a family of four for a week, but it was delicious.

Desserts brought john a meringue and chocolate confection, while I again had a tasting plate comprising a strawberry macaroon, dinky little lemon pie, a chocolate pot, a strawberry slice and the most devine lemon and basil parfait in a shot glass.

Arnaud brought us a digestive of some Muldoon Irish whiskey liquor, a new product to Waterford, and the collaboration between a local woman and American partners. Perhaps someday the Muldoon factory will replace the glass factory.

L'Atmosphere is superb

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Reviewed by Catherine Madden

Our appreciation to L’Atmosphere for their generosity in hosting this event.

Our appreciation to L’Atmosphere for their generosity in hosting this event.

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On the 17th of December L’Atmosphere a beautiful French Restaurant, which is situate at 19 Henrietta Street, Waterford, played host to a very special Christmas dinner.

In partnership with Eishtec, Simon SE, and Respond! over 60 residents were treated to a festive menu. The beautiful French food consisted of homemade vegetable soup with French bread, traditional stuffed turkey and ham with L’Atmosphere sautéed potatoes and selection of vegetables, mainly organic produce and bought from local farmers, followed by Christmas pudding and ice cream.

A perfect piece of France on a wet afternoon in Waterford City went down a treat with our Respond! residents. It was a very special meal giving a rare opportunity for residents to mingle, relax and engage with the people they met on the afternoon. Staff from the organisations rolled up their sleeves on the day to help serve the food the efforts were acknowledged and appreciated by the staff in the restaurant.

Victory for Waterford’s ‘atmospheric’ restaurant

Victory for Waterford’s ‘atmospheric’ restaurant

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The renowned L’Atmosphère restaurant has once again scooped a top national award.

In the 2011 Georgina Campbell awards announced last week, the category which the Henrietta Street restaurant excelled in was, not surprisingly, “Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year.”

However, the category did not only consider the atmosphere of each restaurant, it also took account of value for money, and the quality of food and service.

Ms Campbell’s report of L’Atmosphère was gushingly positive.

“L’Atmosphère has much more to it than the name implies – this well-run restaurant was actually nominated in several categories, including family-friendly, by our assessors, and it was especially praised for giving ‘value for money’ – for which we have no category, as all our award winners are expected to deliver value for money as matter of course.”

The report added that: “Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it above even the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but, as everyone familiar with past winners of our Atmospheric category will know, we seek out establishments that offer very high standards all round, with great atmosphere as the icing on the cake.”

John and Sally McKennas' Guides L Atmosphere restaurant.

John and Sally McKennas' Guides L Atmosphere restaurant.

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L'Atmosphere Restaurant
McKennas Guide editor Eamon Barrett advises that: “To truly experience the real L’Atmosphere, you have to choose the à la carte, and then you see what Arnaud and Patrice can really accomplish. Pan-fried foie gras on toasted French bread is a generous hunk of this sinful ingredient and a small fruit compote keeps the sweetness from overwhelming the liver. Pan-fried scallops are delicious, just the barest slick of sauce and a frisee salad accompany them. A half lobster, served with a foaming cream is rich and lush, and turbot is a super piece of fish, simply cooked with a beurre noisette. Some baby jacket potatoes, roasted, were a revelation of crunchiness and flouriness in a single mouthful. A tasting plate of desserts gave a demonstration of M. Garreau’s skills: delicious chocolate mousse, a textbook creme brûlée, and lime and basil sorbet had me wishing for a full-sized portion of each. Wonderful food, elegantly cooked and served, showing a deep culinary culture.”

Arnaud Mary & Patrice Garreau
19 Henrietta Street, Waterford, County Waterford
+ 353 51 858426

On Today's Irish Times.

On Today's Irish Times.

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On Today's Irish Times.
Catherine Cleary, whom I met at the Waterford Writers Weekend a few weeks ago and to whom I told my life story over lunch, visited L'Atmosphere (and Languedoc nearly) on this morning's Irish Times.
A perfect piece of France
L'Atmosphere, Waterford

CATHERINE CLEARY

EATING OUT: Close your eyes in Waterford’s L’Atmosphere and it’s not too hard to imagine you’re sitting in a sun-soaked Languedoc square

MARTIN DWYER DID what many of us dream about on the last night of a great holiday. The Cork-born chef, who was running his own restaurant in Waterford, upped sticks with his wife Síle and bought a 12th-century presbytery in a Languedoc village to run as a chambre d’hôte.

Nearly six years later, has the reality lived up to the dream? “Even more so than I expected,” he says after a reading at the Waterford Writers’ Weekend. And the best bit? It’s the end of the day when he gets to sit with his guests on the terrace and share the meal he has cooked for them. These meals can go long into the night as the wine and the sun go down and the swallows swoop . . . Okay, he didn’t mention swallows. But that’s what I’m imagining.

The links between Waterford and France go way back. It was Huguenot bakers who brought the blaa here. The city has three French-run restaurants at the moment. And while parts of Waterford have a bleak shopping-district blandness, its Cathedral Square on a bright evening could almost be a perfect French town square, only missing a war monument and sun-baked stone streets. Running down from Cathedral Square there’s Henrietta Street, a steep narrow terrace leading to the river. And halfway down there’s a perfect piece of France in a small restaurant called L’Atmosphere, which is owned by owned by French chefs Arnaud Nary and Patrice Garreau.

I’m on my own, with no booking, on a busy Saturday night, but thankfully it’s still early and the people of Waterford seem to be taking the late French dining habits to heart. I’m sat in a small brownish annex to the main restaurant (which is small enough already). It seems a little like the naughty corner, but I’m glad to get any table in a place where the food smells coming from the kitchen are so welcoming.

Relaxation is at the heart of the great French meal. It’s a leisurely stroll rather than a sprint, and the French bistro creates the comfort zone by offering set menus. So before you step through the door, you know what the bill is likely to be at the end of the night. Here there is a €20 three-course menu between 5pm and 7pm. The €20 includes a glass of wine, which is terrific value if the food is as good as it smells. I’m going with the €35 menu (three courses after 7pm) and a €4.50 glass of the house red.

A platter of mixed starters is a jazz-hands start to the meal, showing exactly what this kitchen can do. It includes a snail drenched in garlic butter, half a scallop, a prawn fried crisply in its shell, a glass of creamy fish soup, strips of delicious fried bread, a velvety chicken liver pate and a quenelle of the loveliest combination – globe artichoke and fish-egg tapenade.

It might be as culinarily cliched as a beret and a string of onions, but the boeuf bourguignon is still, as Julia Child put it, “one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man”. At L’Atmosphere it’s done superbly.

The first thing to arrive at the table is a book-sized chunk of timber; it’s the pot stand for the devilishly hot black cast-iron pot in which my main course has been slowly cooking for what tastes like long, sweet hours.

The lid comes off, as beautifully as any polished silver dome, and a steam of red wine, beef, lardons, carrots and potatoes rises into the room. The meat (beef cheeks, I reckon) has been cooked down to silken strands that barely require chewing. There are perfect button mushrooms, generous chunks of potato and carrot and a last-minute sprinkling of micro chives over it. The lardons have released glistening beads of fat into the wine and beef stock. It is the king of stews.

The île flottante dessert is a similarly retro-treat, the means by which a frugal French kitchen used up the egg whites left over from a batch of creme brulees. It harks back to a better time when kitchens weren’t using bottled eggs to make their desserts. Here it comes as light as air, an egg-white island bobbing on its vanilla sauce with a caramel tuille and coffee granité. Some teeny home-made chocolate cookies round off the treat.

Failing an escape to the Languedoc, going to L’Atmosphere is a little like being on holiday, or finding a special restaurant that you just want to keep to yourself.

Dinner for one with a glass of wine came to €39.50.

L'Atomosphere


19 Henrietta Street, Waterford, tel: 051-858426

L'Atmosphere Restaurant 2014 Awards

L'Atmosphere Restaurant 2014 Awards

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McKennas Guide editor Eamon Barrett advises that: "To truly experience the real L’Atmosphere, you have to choose the à la carte, and then you see what Arnaud and Patrice can really accomplish. Pan-fried foie gras on toasted French bread is a generous hunk of this sinful ingredient and a small fruit compote keeps the sweetness from overwhelming the liver. Pan-fried scallops are delicious, just the barest slick of sauce and a frisee salad accompany them. A half lobster, served with a foaming cream is rich and lush, and turbot is a super piece of fish, simply cooked with a beurre noisette. Some baby jacket potatoes, roasted, were a revelation of crunchiness and flouriness in a single mouthful. A tasting plate of desserts gave a demonstration of M. Garreau’s skills: delicious chocolate mousse, a textbook crème brûlée, and lime and basil sorbet had me wishing for a full-sized portion of each. Wonderful food, elegantly cooked and served, showing a deep culinary culture."

Restaurant Review

l'Atmosphere French restaurant in Waterford is well named; it has atmosphere in spades. this small but perfectly formed French bistro

Arnaud Mary cooks French classics and seasonal and fresh dishes for a constant stream of locals as well as a smattering of the tourist trade. The room is traditional with scored rustic plasterwork and exposed rock and brick walls. The ceiling is high, with thick beams and more plaster, and the wooden floor and simple wooden tables and chairs complement the look perfectly.

Patrice Garreau Dessert`s brought John a meringue and chocolate confection, while I again had a tasting plate comprising a strawberry macaroon, dinky little lemon pie, a chocolate pot, a strawberry slice and the most devine lemon and basil parfait in a shot glass

Bon Appétit

"LOVE!!!!" "Wonderful meal and experience" "Fabulous French Food" "very tasty" "An authentic taste of France" "Ladies Night Out"

2011 Award Winners ATMOSPHERIC RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2011

2011 Award Winners ATMOSPHERIC RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2011

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“Irish diners place a high premium on atmosphere – often rating it above even the quality of food when choosing where to eat out – but, as everyone familiar with past winners of our Atmospheric category will know, we seek out establishments that offer very high standards all round, with great atmosphere as the icing on the cake.

And L’Atmosphère has much more to it than the name implies – this well-run restaurant was actually nominated in several categories, including family-friendly, by our assessors, and it was especially praised for giving ‘value for money’ – for which we have no category, as all of our award winners are expected to deliver value for money as matter of course.

What you will get here is not just characterful stone walls, flickering nightlights and extremely friendly service, but typical French bistro and ‘gran’mère’ cooking at its best - food with a real home cooked flavour.

Leg of lamb baked for 6 hours is a speciality, for example; it would be a labour of love to cook at home, and makes a treat in this convivial restaurant.

For their commitment to real food, generously served at reasonable prices – and all-round customer-friendliness - Arnaud Mary and Patrice Garreau’s L’Atmosphère restaurant in Waterford is a very deserving winner of our coveted Atmospheric Restaurant of the Year Award.”

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L’Atmosphere*
19 Henrietta Street, Waterford city. 051-858426. restaurant-latmosphere.com
Julia Child called boeuf bourguignon “one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man” and when the lid of the cast iron pot is lifted in Waterford’s French restaurant L’Atmosphere, you see what she meant. Beef is cooked so slowly that it barely needs a nudge with a fork to fall apart, a harsh glare would probably do it. The dish comes to the table in its cooking pot, needing just some crusty bread to mop up the juices. Look past the terrible website with its weirdly green tinged food photograph. What they lack in web smarts, L’Atmosphere makes up for in old-school French cooking. CC

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L’Atmosphere Restaurant
Tucked away in a relatively obscure side street, this high quality French restaurant serves up plentiful portions of food in a very cozy environment. Here you will find quality French cooking in an unpretentious setting, that would be perfect for everything ranging from a quick dinner to a lavish full course meal for multiple people. L’Atmosphere is also known locally for its very generous early bird special.

L’Atmosphere Restaurant, 19 Henrietta St, Waterford, Ireland, +353 51 858 426

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