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end­less cones for tourists may have gone un­men­tioned). Neon brought this all on them­selves of course, with their clever idea of giv­ing you a free, empty cone with ev­ery meal and let­ting you loose on their ice-cream ma­chine. Gim­micky, yes. But free ice creams do not a Thai restau­rant make, so just as well their food is as much fun. Fast, spicy Asian favourites of noo­dles, cur­ries, soups and wok-fried dishes, plus an ex­cel­lent, ex­plo­sive duck larb salad for just ¤6.50 (the ice cream comes in handy af­ter­wards).


13, Bach­e­lor’s Walk, Dublin 1, (01) 873 5300 ter­ra­, ¤ Food – and machismo – flown di­rect from Italy, Terre Madre calls it­self a café, but it’s a lot more than that. In a blink-andyou-miss-it tiny base­ment room on the quays, it serves au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes made with Lardo di Colon­nata, Cam­pofilone egg pasta, Porchetta carpac­cio and Terena Ascolana olive oil. We may once have or­dered the Si­cil­ian ca­per sprout br­uschetta for starters and then again for dessert …


7 Pool­beg Street, Dublin 2, 01-6798705, thev­in­tagek­ ¤ 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.


9 Ex­che­quer St, Dublin 2, 01 633 4071, ukiy­o­ ¤¤ away to your heart’s con­tent. The siz­zling bul­gogi beef strips (¤20) with all the Korean trim­mings (let­tuce, pick­les, gochu­jang sauce and chilli) are great. Lunch spe­cials are good value: the bento has three dishes plus rice, salad and miso for ¤10; the Korean/ Mex­i­can bur­ri­tos in­clude steak with egg and pulled pork with nutty azuki beans (¤6.50).


7 Cas­tle House, South Great Ge­orges Street, Dublin 2, ¤¤


Rose Cot­tage, Adare, Co Lim­er­ick, 061-396 218 the­good­, ¤

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