Restaurant review: Paolo Tullio at Zaks, Waterford – Food & Drink, Lifestyle – Independent.ie
It was yet another food festival that got me to Waterford, where the Harvest Festival took place. It was a week- long festival of all things food and drink, with a bewildering variety of events every day. I was there specifically to talk about wine and I shared the talk with Eamonn McEneaney, an expert on the history of Waterford.
I learned some surprising facts from Eamonn, not least that Waterford had, and held on to, a monopoly on the Irish wine trade for over 500 years.
We were in the recently renovated and restored Choristers’ Hall, which has one of Ireland’s oldest wine vaults — so, apart from being a very attractive venue, it was also perfect for a talk on wine.
The hall is part of Waterford’s Medieval Museum, which is really worth a visit.
After our talk was over, I went with a few of the festival organisers across the river to the Hotel Athenaeum for dinner in their restaurant, Zaks.
Part of the hotel’s official address is ‘Christendom‘, which I rather liked, but the oddest piece of topographical trivia I can tell you is that the main house of The Athenaeum is in Co Kilkenny, while the driveway and the gardens are in Co Waterford.