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LUNCH

LYLE’S LONDON

A day off for me mostly consists of searching for and eating delicious food. Lyle’s, by chef James Lowe, hits the nail on the head every time. The menu changes with the seasons and typically comprises 12 to 15 dishes, but you have to start with their bread, made in-house daily. The oysters with apple granita and sorrel blew me away, so fresh and clean, and the desserts are superb, always leaving me wanting more. See if you can resist ordering everything – I never can. lyleslondon.com

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DINNER

GRESCA BAR BARCELONA

On a recent trip to Barcelona I stumbled across this wonderful place in the Eixample district. Gresca has two parts: fine dining and a more relaxed tapas bar. The wine list is extensive, featuring all natural wines and the menu is made up of small sharing plates, which I love. Don’t miss out on the bikini of Iberian pork loin with comté cheese … Think of the greatest toasted cheese sandwich you will ever have: deliciously gooey, golden, crisp and light as a feather. Amazing. BREAKFAST

BROTHER HUBBARD DUBLIN

Whenever I get back to Dublin for a couple of days, breakfast at Brother Hubbard – nicely tucked away on Capel Street – is always on the cards. I fell in love with it from my first visit. There is so much to like: vivid colours as you step in the door, Middle Eastern aromas coming from the kitchen, freshly baked pastries on the counter, coffee on the shelves, Wall & Keogh loose leaf teas … The knockout dish for me is the Turkish eggs menemen; lightly scrambled eggs, Turkish spices, roast peppers, whipped feta, kalamata olives, and a chilli, red onion and mixed herb salsa on toast. brotherhubbard.ie

Dubliner Kevin Burke (29) began his career at Ireland’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. His culinary journey then took him to London and Jason Atherton’s acclaimed Pollen Street Social. He later joined chef Jun Tanaka at The Ninth and within a year they had gained a Michelin star. This October 22-23, Kevin shares his passion for seasonal produce and vibrant, honest flavours at the Food on the Edge symposium in Galway city. foodontheedge.ie DRINKS

BECKETTS KOPF BERLIN

A friend of mine told me about this place called Becketts Kopf in Prenzlauer Berg. So here was I, thinking “hmm, another Irish bar …” but, wow, was I wrong. Becketts is a sleeklooking, speakeasy-style cocktail bar. There is no name on the front, just a portrait of its playwright namesake, Samuel Beckett, in the window – and of course you have to ring a bell to get in. Once you’re in, you will see luxurious leather chairs and hear cool jazz playing in the background. Even the menu is cool: it’s hidden inside old, paperback Beckett novels. As for the cocktails, the Aviation was a stand out for me – a classic done extremely well. becketts-kopf.de

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