CLON­MEL

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

We’ve known this place to be called 666, so dev­il­ishly strong are its mar­gar­i­tas, but if you fo­cus on the food, and stick to the spe­cials (Taco Tues­day: two taquitos for ¤4; on Sun­days, dishes cost ¤7.77), this is one of Dublin’s bet­ter Mex­i­can restau­rants. Try the soft shell crab taquitos, yel­lowfin tuna ce­viche and Mex­i­can-style sweet­corn, served with cheese, pasilla chillies, salt and lime. And go on, maybe one of those mar­gar­i­tas… just one mind.

Hickey’s Bak­ery

West Gate , Ir­ish Town, Clon­mel, 052-612 1587, hick­eys­bak­ery.com, ¤ Clon­mel es­tab­lish­ment Hickey’s Bak­ery has four gen­er­a­tions worth of flour and but­ter un­der its fin­ger­nails. Nes­tled be­side the town’s his­toric West Gate, the bak­ery, famed for its award-win­ning barm brack, is mak­ing a name for its cute coun­try-style café out front. With its large win­dows – where you can watch the peo­ple on the street and the sheep on the hills – Nuala Hickey has trans­formed the tra­di­tional “fancy bak­ery” far beyond breads, with an ex­ten­sive lunch menu of good Ir­ish coun­try cook­ing (the Aga is still in reg­u­lar use) with a mod­ern kick; from Inch House black pud­ding sal­ads (¤7.95) to steak sand­wiches with swiss cheese and red onion mar­malade (¤8.95) and a huge se­lec­tion of cakes and pas­tries. And for those who re­ally, re­ally must have some of that brack but can’t get to Clon­mel, th­ese days you can or­der it on­line.

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