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.
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.