County Dublin - No 31, Variety Jones, Uno Mas & Assassination Custard

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So, you are planning a little culinary break to the capital to check out Variety Jones, and Uno Mas, and Assassination Custard. But before we tell you some vital secrets about these three punky, brilliant places to eat, you need to book Number 31 as the place to rest your head.

31 has been a cult destination for many years and, right now, with manager Jennie Cotter and chef Delia Bracken and all the team on top form, 31 is better than ever. It doesn’t matter if you stay in the modernist mews, or the Georgian townhouse: both are exceptional, and the location allows you to walk to all your desired restaurants.

So, the secrets; in VJ, just let sommelier Vanda make your wine choices and order by the glass: the girl pulls out showstopping pairings to match Keelan Higgs’ brilliant food, none better than the match of Tigone by Le Soula, a bewitching white, to match the amazing roasted cauliflower.

In Uno Mas, try to get a seat at the counter, which will make you feel as if you have magically arrived in Barcelona in the blink of an eye. The potato and onion tortilla will second that emotion.

In Assassination Custard, order everything. Everything.