51 Elmwood Ave., Ranelagh, Dublin 6, 01 497 9163, ¤¤ There’s intimate restaurants, and then there’s Brioche, where you’ll not only know what your neighbours are having for dinner, you’ll know the intimate details of their lives and can score them on their table manners. But if you put your blinkers on, it’s a lovely spot. It serves French tasting plates (they recommend two to three per person) such as seared Thornhill duck breast, celeriac purée, and cherries or bacalhau style fillet of hake, red pepper ragu. Wines by the glass are good value and you can’t beat the warm, buttery brioche you get on arrival.
52-55 Drury St, Dublin 2, 01-960 2095, drurybuildings.com ¤¤