A few doors down from the impressive facade of the National Museum of Archaeology & History on Kildare Street, this fashionable and (deservedly) popular restaurant is where a lot of Dublin's hard-earned cash gets spent. The basement dining room has an exclusive, moneyed feel, with thick linen cloths on the tables, expensive modern art on the walls and beautiful lights with giant pleated shades hovering like harvest moons in the half-light. The kitchen evidently has a soft spot for Italian ingredients, which crop up from the word go (in the form of the deliciously pungent olive oil that arrives with the pre-prandial breads). But the menu is largely international in flavour: white asparagus and artichoke with a soft-boiled egg and shaved pecorino being a typical starter; rump of lamb, yellow fin tuna and corn-fed chicken among the mains. The wine list is a labour of love, with an especially strong showing of Tuscan reds.