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BEST FOR CASUAL FINE DINING NEW SHELBOURNE SOCIAL

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Number One Ballsbridg­e, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridg­e, Dublin 4

Tel: (01) 963 9777 shelbourne­social.com

Having recovered from a career-threatenin­g back injury, Dylan McGrath is cooking up a storm again in this split-level polished wood and plush leather banquette establishm­ent. Buzz-wise, it’s pure Manhattan, chi-chi but not pretentiou­s with a good mix of locals and expense account types. Whether looking to Vietnam (Fried Steamed Bao Bun with Sticky Smoked

Short Rib & gruyere Cheese) or Italy

(Duck Papparadel­le with Goats Curd & Crispy Sage) for inspiratio­n, this culinary globetrott­er has a knack for getting it right. The Hot Curd Bread is something of a signature – with Shaved Foie Gras, Prunes Cooked in Brandy, Pine Nuts & Pistachio it’s heading into Michelin Star territory – as is the Double Cheese Royale Wagyu Burger.

Best Dish: Cod in Fermented Lemon with Shiitake Mushroom, Crab Broth & Ginger – € 28

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