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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dublin's dining scene: A mix of new and seasoned pros open restaurants citywide

Pizza e Porchetta on Grand Canal Quay
Pizza e Porchetta on Grand Canal Quay

Dublin's dining scene is experiencing a real boom, as a mix of new and seasoned pros open restaurants all around the city.

In the last few months the city centre welcomed Delahunt on Camden Street, in a beautifully restored Victorian grocer's, while O'Dwyer's on Leeson Street is now the achingly cool East Side Tavern, serving up really creative modern fare.

Sophie's in The Dean Hotel is the hip new spot around Harcourt Street, serving up New York-Italian food by night and lively brunch sessions at weekends.

chapter one

Ross Lewis, of Chapter One, has taken over Pizza e Porchetta on Grand Canal Quay with celebrated Italian chef Luciano Tona.

Renamed Osteria Lucio, the Michelin-starred pair have installed talented head chef Mark Anderson in the kitchen. Another chef from the Michelin-starred kitchens of Cliff House in Waterford is Kwanghi Chan, who has moved to Dublin to head up Soder and Ko.

Promising a mix of Scandinavian and Asian sharing plates, this cool refurb in the former Dragon bar looks set to succeed.

northside

Northside, Clontarf has welcomed new tapas bar Papillon to the seafront, while Bryan Walsh has returned to his old 'Downstairs' haunt in Dublin 3 with quality cooking at The Pigeon House Cafe, sister to his new restaurant in Delgany.

Killester has a new seafood restaurant, Doran's at the Beachcomber, which is operated by Howth fishing family, the Dorans.

southside

Southside suburbs have welcomed The Cookbook Cafe in Glasthule, recently opened by caterer (and wife of DJ Tom Dunne) Audrey McDonald, while Ranelagh gets to please carnivores with its Brazilian churrascaria, Rio Rodizio.

The Meeting House in Temple Bar's Meeting House Square has seen Eden (then, briefly, Nede) turned into a lively new spot serving up Burmese food alongside DJs (See Ask the Expert right).

best

Another gorgeous refurbishment is The Pembroke, located above Dax, one of Dublin's best restaurants.

The new cafe-bar has been thoughtfully designed and opens from 8am Monday to Friday, allowing you pop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, a pre-work coffee or after-work drinks.

Chef Jordan Newman, formerly of Ely Wine Bar and Brasserie, has designed The Pembroke's crowd-pleasing menus, and here he shares two of his tasty recipes.

The Pembroke Cafe-Bar, 23 Pembroke St Upper, Dublin 2; (01) 661 8636 www.thepembroke.ie

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