Where to Eat in Ireland – One Hundred Degrees, Gorey

A delicious starter at 100 Degrees in Gorey
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Gorey is a vibrant market town in North Wexford that has thrived and grown in the past decade. There’s been a concurrent increase in interesting places to eat, and 100° (or One Hundred Degrees) might just be the hottest thing on Main Street. Expect a menu packed with rich local Irish food, elevated by Indian and French influences.

One Hundred Degrees, Gorey

100 Main St, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Y25 R259

Exciting menu options, friendly staff

Wine list can get a little expensive

Open 5-11.30 Wed-Sat, 12.30-11.30 Sunday

FUSION MENU
2 FLOORS
MID-PRICED

Atmosphere & Service

Access to One Hundred Degrees is right off the Main Street in Gorey and you enter to a warm welcome from staff. I went with my friend Sara, who lives locally and staff recognised her and made both of us feel welcome. Unless it’s busy, the seating is on the lower level at standard dining tables serving parties of 2-8. It can get very busy with staff working hard to see to everyone, but I didn’t feel we waited too long when we needed something. There’s a reason this restaurant has won the Best Customer Service gong at the Irish Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is very popular locally, so I’d recommend that you book a table in advance.

Menu & Options

The Head Chef, Praba Sankaran, brings together influences from India, his training in the South of France, and the best of Irish ingredients. All three influences are present in the menu, with some innovative thinking in the accompaniments to recognisable dishes, alongside French-style options that are not often served in local Irish restaurants, like a lamb shoulder boudin with raita and chimichurri.

Menu for 100 Degrees Gorey
Menu for 100 Degrees Gorey

All of these options have a sense of something new, but nothing too out there. My own exploration of the menu over repeated visits has excited me rather than concerned about the unexpected. That sense of familiarity that Chef Praba creates is key to the restaurant’s success.

Food & Drink

Delicious chicken and pancetta dish with rich vegetables
Photo by Patrick Hughes: Chicken & Pancetta

The menu is seasonal and had some tempting options for our visit in February 2024. As a starter, we both chose Aloo Bonda, a light Indian street food dish of potatoes served almost bhaji-style, dressed with raita and a shard of poppadum. It was light as a feather. For main course, I chose a very Irish-sounding chicken and bacon dish. The chicken supreme was cooked to juicy perfection, with a crispy croquette bonbon, topped with a lightly-cured pancetta. I am all in for rich gravies and this had it everything: a powerful umami undertone thickened just enough to coat the meat with sticky goodness. I could have eaten a bowl of the gravy with a spoon. The vegetable selection on the plate was a “what is it” mystery tour, with richly flavoured celeriac cubes and what might have been a Jerusalem artichoke. An included side dish of richly seasoned carrots and roast potatoes made sure we were both utterly stuffed by the end of this course.

Aloo Bonda with Raita
Aloo Bonda with Raita
Chicken & Bacon Main Course
Chicken & Bacon Main Course
Richly seasoned potatoes and carrots
Richly seasoned sides

The dessert options are plentiful and recognisable. As I’m avoiding refined sugar, I just asked the team if they had an option, and they turned up with a freshly made fruit salad.

freshly made fruit salad
Photo by Patrick Hughes: fruit salad

Top Tip: if you’re hungry on a Thursday night, check out the restaurant’s 8 course tasting menu. I can’t wait to go back and try it.

Overall Experience

Interior of 100 Degrees restaurant in Gorey
Photo by Patrick Hughes: interior of 100 Degrees Restaurant

If you’ve been around the food part of my blog for a while, you might know I want every place to be successful but rarely find a gem. I look for a confluence of calm and professional service, interesting menu options and seasoning that tickles the tongue. One Hundred Degrees is set up with a finely tuned balance. This is a confident kitchen serving up an interesting menu that it know will sell. Every table nearby complimented the servers. It’s worth making a stop at One Hundred Degrees in Gorey just for the Sunday lunch.

I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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