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Grainne O’Keefe ( right with sous chef Barry O’Neill) has taken up her first head chef position, at recently opened Clanbrassil House, at 6 Clanbrassil Street Upper in Dublin 8, The 25- seat restaurant is owned by Barry FitzGerald and Claremarie Thomas, who opened their first Dublin restaurant, Bastible, around the corner on South Circular Road, in November 2015. “The restaurant is divided into two rooms, one with high tables suitable for walk- ins looking for a relaxed meal, and the other with regular low tables available to book online. The style of the restaurant is quite casual but also warm and homely,” says FitzGerald. “The menu, too, is divided into two main sections: a list of simple and seasonal small plates and also a selection of main dishes cooked over a charcoal fire. The open barbecue is the focal point of the kitchen and we are excited to learn a new approach to cooking with it.” The cooked- over- charcoal section of the short menu at Clanbrassil House includes lamb chops, burnt onions and gentleman’s relish (¤ 22); Middlewhite pig cheek sausage, lentils and mustard (¤ 18); Shorthorn picanha steak, bone marrow and chimichurri (¤ 21), and turbot shoulder, smoked hollandaise and cauliflower (¤ 24), as well as a specials board.