Dawson St restaurant lands prestigious Michelin star
A restaurant in the capital has been awarded the prestigious Michelin Star for the first time.
The Greenhouse restaurant on Dublin's Dawson Street was given the coveted status along with the Loam restaurant in Galway, while seven Irish establishments retained their status from previous years.
The Greenhouse's Finnish head chef Mikael Viljanen is one of the most highly-regarded in Ireland.
Eamon O'Reilly, the owner of the Dublin establishment expressed his delight at the restaurant receiving its first Michelin star.
"We're absolutely chuffed to get the news. I'm delighted for the staff here, I'm also delighted for Mikael. He cooks at a different level.
"We get on really well, we've been working together for around four years and long may it continue," Mr O'Reilly said.
"It's absolutely brilliant and the support we've received has been incredible," he added.
Mr O'Reilly praised his "dedicated and passionate" staff for their hard work over the few years.
Enda McEvoy, head chef and owner of Loam restaurant in Galway revealed that the award has come as a shock, considering the restaurant has only been open since 2014.
"Our whole vision for this place was to just make exciting food, get a clientele in the door and run a successful business," said McEvoy.
"I think what we do is up to that standard but I wasn't expecting this.
"We still have a service tonight so it might be Saturday before we celebrate.
"I think it means things just get harder from here," he said.