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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

soak­age. This tri­an­gu­lar spot has high ta­bles and some com­mu­nal benches inside, sur­rounded by a dis­tinct air of chaos – but that’s part of the charm. The deli counter serves de­cent sand­wiches and sal­ads (from ¤4 and up), with hot spe­cials ev­ery day (the chorizo stew is a win­ner) and ex­cel­lent piz­zas in the evenings for ¤12. The air dried beef pizza is a per­fect rea­son to stay for another glass of red. On sunny days you can bring a chair, wine and food out­side and lord it over the pint-drinkers at The Ginger­man pub across the road.

SAN LORENZO’S

S Great George’s St, Dublin 2, (01) 478 9383, san­loren­zos.ie ¤¤ Pared back New York-style Ital­ian restau­rant, best known for its early birds and week­end brunches. Al­ways loud, al­ways busy. For brunch, we vote for the con­fit duck and spring onion hash pota­toes, or if you’re feel­ing ex­trav­a­gant, splash out on the lob­ster eggs Bene­dict.The early bird (¤19.50 for two cour­ses) has a bowl-lick­ing seafood stew with mus­sels, clams, prawns and tuna mayo cros­tini.

SCI­EN­CENCE GAGALLERY FLUX CAFÉ

Sci­ence Gallery, Naughton In­sti­tute, Pearse Street, Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin 2, 01 896 4091, sci­ence­gallery.com ¤ An ex­cel­lent spot for lunch or early din­ner, the ground floor of the ever-evolv­ing Sci­ence Gallery is a buzzy, vi­brant spot. Many of the exhibitions spill over into the café, which you reach by pass­ing through the gift shop – avert your eyes or pre­pare to spend. In­stead, you can opt for a va­ri­ety of sam­bos, plat­ters, sal­ads and soups. Best op­tion is the stewp (no we’re not stewp-id, that’s how they spell it), a hearty hy­brid of stew and soup – and only ¤6.

TERRA MADRE CAFE

13, Bach­e­lor’s Walk, Dublin 1, (01) 873 5300 ter­ra­madre.ie, ¤

THE WOOLLEN MILLS

42 Or­mond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, Ire­land 01 828 0835, the­wool­len­mills.com ¤

THE FAT­TED CALF

Glas­son, Athlone, Co. West­meath 0906 485208, the­fat­ted­calf.ie ¤¤

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