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Chef Dylan McGrath's face is now a familiar sight to Dubliners, even those who haven't been lucky enough to visit this excellent fine-dining restaurant. The reason? McGrath is no stranger to RTÉ1 television channel and his on-screen appearances have done a great deal to boost Mint into the media spotlight. Not, of course, that it needed the leg-up: this is the kind of cooking that speaks for itself. Sea bass, for instance, arrives with hot fennel mayonnaise and chilled fennel soup, while saddle of lamb comes with courgette flowers and pickled bell pepper. McGrath's signature dishes (foie gras with prune terrine, John Dory with Alfonso mango) are the ones everyone talks about, but everything here is good. The surroundings are very pleasant (as are the staff) and the wine list is a corker. Well worth those extra few minutes on the Luas (and that extra zero on the bill).

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Mint details

47 Ranelagh Village,

Area South of Centre

Transport Bus 11, 11A, 18, 44, 44N, 48A, 48N/Luas Ranelagh

Telephone 497 8655

Mint website

Open 6.30-10.30pm Tue, Wed, Sat; 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm Thur, Fri.

Main courses €46-€48. Set lunch €45 2 courses, €50 3 courses.