Chef Gráinne O’Keefe has an impressive resume beyond her 27 years. After stints at The Merrion, Pichet, and nearby Bastible, she has set up shop at the casual but considerable Clanbrassil House. Her focus here is ingredient-driven courses cooked over a charcoal fire. BBQ cauliflower and roasted leeks with crispy chicken skin are fan favourites, and the hash brown chips should not be missed. O’Keefe also offers a Saturday brunch with inventive twists on classics, like the incredible smoked trout Benedict. There are only 25 seats between Clanbrassil House’s two rooms, but they always leave space for walk-ins. The narrow front room offers high tables, stools, and windows where diners can watch the world go by, while the backroom has more conventional tables, a large skylight, and a hatch view into the bustling kitchen. Exposed brick, twinkly lights, and wine bottle displays warm up the bright, simple decor. In authentic Irish fashion, the staff are attentive without being intrusive.
Time Out tip: Indecisive eaters may prefer the limited choices later in the night but make an early booking if you want full range of the menu. Plus, the early bird three-course set meal is a steal at €25.
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