7 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2, 01-6798705, thevintagekitchen.ie ¤ Yet another tiny restaurant that it’s nigh-on impossible to get a table in, but when you do see what the fuss is about. Some of the best value cooking around, the lunchtime small and large plates cost just ¤5 and ¤10 but many of the “small” plates are full meals in themselves. There’ll be no afternoon slump with the spiced seafood chowder or the risotto of pancetta, pea, chili & parsley. At night, the menu comes at ¤25 for two courses, again great value. They have house wine by the glass or you can BYOB, and you can bring your own vinyl to play on their record player. Groovy
THE WOOLLEN MILLS
42 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, Ireland 01 828 0835, thewoollenmills.com ¤
ZELDA MARTINI, COPPINGER ROW
We like to think we’re as glamorously decadent and talented as Zelda Fitzgerald when drinking one of these martinis (hey, a girl can dream).
The fresh lime juice cuts through the delicate almond flavour nicely, stopping it from being too cloying – and making it dangerously drinkable . . . we’re sure Zelda would approve.
Memet Bradford of Coppinger Row taught us how to make one.