It used to be the case that Café Hans was Cashel’s best-kept secret but the good people of Tipperary are getting used to sharing this buzzing space with people from far and wide! The reason? Because they are delivering quality food and excellent service at a very reasonable price. And this is not going unnoticed, as the shower of awards for the restaurant mounts up. On Monday night, March 21, Café Hans were presented with the award for Best Casual Dining in Tipperary in the Munster category for the Irish Restaurant of the Year Awards.
This is the second year that they were awarded this merit. They went on to win the overall Munster title last year. Head Chef Stefan Matthia represented the team at Café Hans when he collected the award on Monday night.
Brothers Hansi and Stefan established the café in 2003 after gaining experience in cooking and serving in some of Europe and Australia’s top restaurants, but of course, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Many of their skills were picked up from an early age from working in their parents’ restaurant Chez Hans, which is just next door, at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. It was here that they learnt about the serious work ethic and discipline that is required to run a successful family restaurant. According to Stefan, the reason that customers keep coming back is because the best of local produce is presented simply. “It is about cooking the style of food that the customer wants to eat,” he says.
They are now famous locally for doing the ‘All Day Lunch’. This means that diners can turn up any time between 12.30pm and 5.30pm to eat lunch or even early dinner as the case may be! It seems that lots of Irish people still like to eat their main meal during the day. People like to relax with a good bottle of wine and feast on the delicious seafood, salads and meat dishes on offer in the relaxed, convivial environment.
Apart from winning the Irish Restaurant Award, Café Hans have been successful in being awarded with the prestigious Michelin Bib Gourmand once again in 2011. Only sixteen of these were awarded in Ireland this year and are given to restaurants that deliver quality food at a reasonable price. The café have been awarded the ‘Bib’ consistently every year since they started. Most Irish people are familiar with the Bridgestone medallions displayed on the front of quality restaurants; Café Hans has been awarded a Bridgestone Award every year since they opened too! The next phase of the Irish restaurant of the Year Awards involves a voting process whereby the customer gets the opportunity to phone vote. The National Award ceremony will take place in Dublin in June 2011. Don’t miss your chance to have some of the country’s best food on your doorstep!