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Stepping into Caviston’s restaurant or their shop is like walking into a real life Willy Wonka’s factory for savoury food lovers. Every direction you look you see stuff you want to stuff into your mouth, not caring who’s looking or how fattening it might be.

I started in the restaurant which has been around for donkey’s years, but which never lets you down.

Any chef that has the sheer naked confidence to serve sardines with nothing but lemon and parsley gets my slap on the back every time. Fresh, only slightly salty and the most wonderful starter. No need for gimmicks like Asian fusion or fermenting here, just fresh fish from the sea properly cooked

Caviston’s is nestled in the middle of some incredible foodie producers and restaurants, such as Butchers, who age their beef in front of you. Wonderful fresh veg suppliers. A spot that many argue is the very best Indian restaurant in Dublin. Some fantastic selections of wine. Hell, they might even claim Teddy’s which is only a couple of hundred yards down the road.

Nowhere else in Ireland could there be a tighter concentration of such amazing foodie delights. That’s why I would suggest people drive from as far as Kilkenny, Howth or Blanchardstown to come here.

You can walk by the sea to build up an appetite, eat oysters and lobsters in Caviston’s for lunch, lounge around drinking coffee and eating cakes, and then before heading home stock up on the best cheese, meats, veg and fish for home cooking.

Find a couple of foodie friends and either take a day off to do this right or plan it for an upcoming weekend. A pure delight.

served up on a real plate. Not rocket science, but it’s amazing how rare this type of cooking is these days in Ireland.

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59 Glasthule Road, Glasthule

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Opening hours

Tues - Thurs 12:00 - 15:00
Fri, Sat 12:00 - 20:30