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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS EATING OUT - Brid­gend, Inishowen, Co Done­gal, 074-9368544,

HARRY’S RESTAU­RANT

SUNNY DINING SPOTS

May Day is al­most upon us and de­spite the sleet, snow and hail this week, we are stead­fast in our be­lief that sum­mer is just around the cor­ner… no mat­ter how delu­sional we sound. So this week we’re look­ing at good spots for sunny meals in Dublin city cen­tre.

Sun-trap seats are at a pre­mium when the rain stops and it helps to know where gets the sun and at what time of the day.

For break­fast, head to the glass walled café on the roof of Marks &

Spencer Grafton Street (mark­sand­spencer.ie). This bright café has an out­door ter­race (be­ware the mon­ster seag­ulls) and some in­door seat­ing if it’s bright but breezy. You can get a full Ir­ish for ¤8.49 or some good pancakes with com­pote and crème fraiche for ¤3.99. Staff are friendly, if a lit­tle over­worked. Open from 8am Mon- Sat and from 10am on Sun­days. Just down the road,

Car­luc­cio’s (52 Daw­son Street, car­luc­cios.com/restau­rants/dublin) benefits from its dual as­pect cor­ner spot, with the morn­ing sun hit­ting the out­door seats on Duke Street. Break­fast is served from 7.30am on week­days: try a rocket-fuel Napoli espresso (¤1.95) and the pane con marem­l­lata di fiche – a se­lec­tion of toasted breads, in­clud­ing rose­mary and raisin and a very good wal­nut bread, with but­ter and sweet fig jam (¤4.95). Or if you fancy a treat, the Break­fast Mag­nifica is a hearty of­fer­ing of free-range eggs, grilled pancetta, sausage, mush­rooms and toasted Ital­ian bread with juice and tea or cof­fee ¤11.95.

Also on Daw­son St, Lemon Crepe & Cof­fee Com­pany (60 Daw­son St, lemonco.com) and Mooch Frozen

Yo­ghurt (4-5 Daw­son St, moochme.ie) both have out­door ta­bles and are good for a mid-morn­ing snack. Try Lemon’s enor­mous club galette, stuffed with chicken, ba­con, let­tuce, tomato and mayo ¤6.95, or try Mooch’s bowl of frozen yo­ghurt with blue­ber­ries, honey and hazel­nuts (¤4.25 for a small). For lazier week­end brunches,

Herb Street (Hanover Quay, herbstreet.ie) on Grand Canal Dock gets some of the best sun in town. Ex­pect to queue if it’s sunny, but the out­door ta­bles of­fer some ex­cel­lent peo­ple­watch­ing and the Eg­gos Mex­i­ca­los (baked eggs on a spicy tomato and chillis sauce with Swiss cheese and pulled pork, corn chips and gua­camole, ¤14.95) will cure what ails you. Their chicken wings are ex­cel­lent too, served with a Cashel Blue dip (¤10/¤16). Brunch from 10am at week­ends.

If you can’t stand the wait, pop across the dock to Il Valentino Ital­ian Bak­ery on the cor­ner of Pearse St (il­valentino.ie) and grab one of their cof­fees and a sug­ary ric­cia­relli almond cookie and sit by the wa­ter’s edge and watch the world go by. For lunch, head to The Woollen

Mills be­side the Ha’penny Bridge (42 Or­mond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, the­wool­len­mills.com) where their large first-floor ter­race has a re­tractable roof and a gor­geous view of the Lif­fey. Though we’re still sore with them for dis­con­tin­u­ing their amaz­ing sausage rolls, the lunchtime soup and sambo of­fer (¤9.95) does in­clude a very tasty Oritz tuna on potato sour­dough with spinach, ca­pers, gua­camole, olives and tomato; and the cur­ried crab claws on toast with sam­phire and chips is fin­ger-lick­ing good (¤24).

Cas­tle Mar­ket, be­tween Drury Street and South Wil­liam St, is an­other sun trap, with JoBurger (4/5 Cas­tle Mar­ket, joburger.ie) which serves mas­sive or­ganic burg­ers for a ten­ner at lunchtime (with lemon­ade or fries). They know the value of their out­door seats here, so there’s a one-hour limit on the ter­race ta­bles at lunch. Across the road, La Mai­son serves French fare in its shel­tered out­door seat­ing area (lamaison­dublin.com). Try a proper gooey French omelette with chips and baby gem (¤11.50) or mussels and cock­les with smoked pork belly and ap­ple (¤13.50). For din­ner, head south to Chez

Max, which has a lovely gar­den and ter­race out the back of its Bag­got St premises (chezmx.ie/bag­got) with check ta­ble cloths to boot. A great spot for a lazy glass of wine and char­cu­terie and cheese boards, or try the early bird (two cour­ses for ¤19, 5.30pm-7pm, Sun-Thurs) that in­cludes French onion soup and a huge serv­ing of Moules Frites.

Mi­lano’s on the cor­ner of Bag­got Street and Hadding­ton Road (mi­lano.ie) has one of the loveli­est ter­races in town, with a large num­ber of ta­bles over­look­ing the canal, plus it stays sunny un­til very late on sum­mer evenings. They serve sim­ple piz­zas, pas­tas and sal­ads here. Try the Me­lan­za­nine (¤6.95), lay­ers of marinated aubergine, with pas­sata, moz­zarella, basil and Gran Mi­lano cheese. Or one of their Leg­gera piz­zas – thin crusted with a hole in the mid­dle full of salad. We like the Amer­i­can Hot (¤12.65) which is loaded with tomato sauce, pep­per­oni, moz­zarella, and your choice of hot pep­pers. There’s a cheap and cheer­ful wine list – there’s a de­cent Valpo­li­cella Ri­passo (¤29.95) to sip while you watch the ducks float by.

– Rachel Collins bit.ly/Har­rysBarFace­book ¤¤ Have you ever heard of the kind of restau­rant that sits on a less than idyl­lic spot, per­haps next to a petrol sta­tion, but that food­ies fawn over? Have you ever heard of the kind of restau­rant that sits off the beaten track, per­haps next to a petrol sta­tion, that has food en­thu­si­asts clam­ber­ing into their cars to get to?

Harry’s is that kind of place. A to­tally unas­sum­ing lo­ca­tion gives away to a pas­sion­ate crowd of food lovers, whose main aim is to shout from the top of Malin Head about how great Inishowen pro­duce is, as well as cel­e­brat­ing other great Ir­ish pro­duc­ers.

You can fol­low pro­pri­etor Donal (that’s Harry’s son) on Twit­ter (@Har­rysDonal) and if you ask him, he’ll tell you all about their walled gar­den a few min­utes from the restau­rant where they grow as much pro­duce for their kitchen as pos­si­ble. Check them out for lunch, early birds and evening meals. It’s a big place, with a large dining room with a good view of the kitchen pass, and an old-school fam­ily pub next door.

Their Sun­day lunch is get­ting hard to beat, and three cour­ses costs ¤20.95. For that, you could find your­self en­joy­ing a walled gar­den onion tart with Coolea cheese, slices of roast Done­gal turkey and ham with but­tery onion and sage stuffing, fol­lowed by lemon pos­set with rhubarb.

So, if you’re hun­gry when you ar­rive in the beau­ti­ful Inishowen penin­sula, make sure you stop off at Harry’s to eat.

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