Sandycove , County Dublin
Tel: 353 1 280 9120
Concierge.com's insider take:
It's worth making a day trip to Sandycove, not just for the James Joyce Museum but also for lunch at Peter Caviston's wonderful cult restaurant, with its Little Mermaid murals, wainscoting, and orange pine benches. The Cavistons have been fisherfolk for over half a century, with a thriving deli business on-site that gradually grew into an epic bakery-greengrocer-wine store as well as fishmonger. The restaurant itself opened in 1995, but the buzz continues—actors, writers, taxi drivers, bank tellers all make their way to the suburbs for the catch of the day. Highlights include roast monkfish with Dijon mashed potatoes and rosemary oil; char-grilled marinated swordfish with mango-melon-chile chutney; fried haddock with tartar sauce; and the famous house-smoked salmon and Irish cheeses. The restaurant's lunch-only policy (sittings at 1:30, 3, and 5 pm) was recently expanded to include dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings (sittings at 6 and 8:15 pm). Reservations are essential.
Open Tuesdays through Fridays 12 to 3 pm and Saturdays 1:45 to 3 pm.