Dubliner Laoise, a development chef for M&S, shares her home city’s food gems
Dublin has something for everyone, from the best doorstop sandwiches at
The Pepper Pot in Powerscourt Centre (powerscourt. ie), to Michelinstar dining at Chapter One (chapteronerestaurant.co.uk).
I love how you are made to feel so welcome.
My favourite restaurant is Cavistons in Sandycove (cavistons. com) is one of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Dublin. Take the DART (train) along the coast, breathe in that sea air and relax. I love their grilled sardines with lemon. Simple perfection.
The best dish I’ve eaten in Dublin is fish and chips. Growing up, we used to have them as a Saturday night treat. The best part is all the crispy bits at the bottom of the bag of chips. My favourite is from Leo Burdock (leoburdock.com)– they've been there over 100 years. My recommendations on social media are Oisín Rogers (@Mcmoop), who was my first restaurant boss in London. His late night #fridgebuffet tweets are worth tuning in for alone; @Gastrogays,a food and travel blogging duo who recently returned home to Ireland after living in London; and lastly French-born Ketty Quigley (@Frenchfoodieind), who runs the Delicious Dublin Tours.
The other places in Dublin I would recommend to eat are
The Fumbally (thefumbally. ie) – it does a fantastic Full Irish breakfast; Clanbrassil House (clanbrassilhouse.com), run by head chef Gráinne O’keefe – she’s making major waves on the Irish food scene; and I’ve also had my eye on the pop-up events Robin Gill is running in collaboration with Airfield, an urban farm in Dundrum (airfield.ie). His next events are during the Woolapalooza sheep festival on 5 and 6 May.
Irish coffee made tableside at Chapter One
Sweet treats at The Pepper Pot café