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We've gone art heavy for this week's issue. It's not our fault though, the vista of OFFSET 2012 on the horizon has made us giddy with design excitement.

With the presence of 25 of the world's top creatives descending on Dublin for a weekend of inspirational talks and presentations, Dublin will become a hub of activity, a hubbub of ideas, a hulabaloo of how-do-you-do. You may well find yourself becoming creative by simple osmosis. 
 
We'll be there also, slightly bringing down the average of world class talent. If you have a ticket, come on Friday and check out our 10 minute presentation based on our #betterdublin hashtag or later on that day (2pm) we'll host a talk on 'Dublin Design at a Pivotal Moment'...if you have a question for the Pivot Team do pose on the twitter machine using #pivotal
 
If you dont have a ticket, don't worry too much, we'll surely fill you in with the going's on and birthing of ideas in forthcoming issues. Ready, OFFSET, go!
 
Who is bigger, better and brighter this week?  Ciaran, Michael, Kate, or Roisin.
'Caffeine Junkie. Just a bit of fun really.' - Steve Simpson
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March 08 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Runs til March 28

how much
Free entry, depends on piece.

exhibition
Steve Simpson - Illustrated, as advertised

Walking around this exhibition, I can't help but hear Gene WIlder's Willy Wonka in my ear; "lickable wallparer...go ahead..try it." And although Steve Simpson does not specialise in the depiction of strawberries or snozberries, his illustrations are so lush that you can almost taste them. Which is good in the case of his work for Inferno Chilli Sauce or his coffee and biscuit commissions, or even the jittery muffins he personalises but not so good when you come face-to-face with a chattering, symbol-carrying magic monkey. But for these clean, crisp works whose re-occuring palette make them both comforting and instantly recognisable, I'll taste the ape. I may even buy something. For illustrators are the music makers, and they are the dreamers of dreams. Wandering by lone sea-breakers, and sitting by desolate streams. / Vernon Steel

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March 08 2012


where
Eason's, 40 Lower O'Connell Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.
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when
6pm

how much
Free

demonstration
Illustrations Evening

Remember the Owl who was afraid of the dark? Well, he wasn't afraid of the dark. He had a hipster nemesis as created by Chris Haughton. Haughton's Owl is never in the complete dark. He spends his life in a ball pit of psychedelic pom poms, surveyed by glittering disco balls and a posse of cuddly toys. Just too cool, sipping on a Virgin Bloody 'That's a swear word!' Mary, being blinded by his own innocence and brightness. Haughton does more that just owls though. He's like a bandit that went ninja on microsoft paint, creating jungles, woods and the general eye candy-ness of nature without the distracting sappiness of bland, bland watercolour. Treat yourself and dab some happiness into your eye by watching him pencil-battle that storybook Titan Chris Judge. / Kate Coleman

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March 08 2012


where
All over the World.

when
All Day

how much
Free

celebration
International Women's Day

8th of March entered the calendar a socialist Working Women’s day, when Clara Zetkin decided that women should be free from the kitchen, church and children slavery and allowed to vote, hold public offices and build railways. In the post-Soviet world, it became a day of male confusion on ‘what to give’ that usually results in tulips, cards, and stuffed toys. Rather than climbing on a crate for a speech and burning your bra, women of Ireland are invited to spend this day in both independence and style. Five talented female goldsmiths from Ireland will showcase their work, network, role model, inspire and connect at the annual event organised by the migrant women’s network group AkiDwA. The day will also feature lush vintage and designer garments, music, dancing, food and drinks. Made by women for women. Unite and conquer! / Nadia Gativa

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March 08 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
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when
4:40pm onwards

how much
€9 per film €20 for day ticket

film festival
Int'l Woman's Day Film Festival

If life was like a chick flick, us girls would be so busy shopping, gossiping, crying, falling over and generally being cute but a bit ditzy, I don’t know how we’d ever get anything done. But we’d still get the guy - they love that cute/ditzy thing - and that’s all that matters, right? Thankfully the stars of the films in this superb International Women’s Day programme are not of the chick-flick variety but are strong, warm, funny, brave or inspiring - and sometimes all of the above. They include the 70 wonderful Irish women who speak candidly in Ken Wardrop’s documentary His & Hers, the establishment-fighting heroine of Oranges and Sunshine, and the courageous survivor in Juanita Wilson’s war story As If I Was Not There. Amazingly, not one of them falls over her high heels. / Anne Hayden

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March 08 2012


where
Graphic Studio Gallery, Through the Arch, off Cope Street, Temple Bar, D2
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when
10am - 5.30pm (until March 24th)

how much
Free (€130 - €370 to purchase)

exhibition
Clare Henderson

A trio of artists interpret Gerald Griffin's Hy-Brasail- The Isle of The Blest a poem concerning a phantom island off the West Coast in this exhibition. And nestled in on the top floor midst heavyweights: John Behan (sculptor) and John McCreary (master printer) is the relative newbie Clare Henderson. Through a series of drypointmonoprints and etchings, Henderson's minimalist style deftly echoes the foggy glimpse and echo of the phantom presence. There's a refined and emotional  delicacy in the shadings of work such as A Shaded Kind of Memory which is particularly powerful when contrasted with the red speckled splutter of the distant figure in My Last Breath on the Island. Muscling in on the red dot action of her elders, Henderson's work is the suitably silent shout of a truly talented artist. / Michael McDermott

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March 09 2012


where
Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square
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when
6-10pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Fergal Brennan - Infinite World IV

Knock knock, open wide, see what's on the other side. Knock knock, any more, come with me through the magic door. Fergal Brennan's Infinite World IV is a visual mainline into the creative consciousness of one very unique mind. Here is a snapshot of his thoughts, musings and line-drawn meanderings from some seriously strange sketchbooks. The hundreds of images filling the walls here are a far-out glimpse into one person's mental map of the most lucidly unusual kind. Visions of zoology, politics, music and sex and the city seem to be captured by his optical orbs, filtered through inimitable cerebral pathways and zapped down to the nerve endings of his talented fingers resulting in this ingenious nonsense. Prepare yourself - the red-haired clown in the white coat might just whisk you away in his kaleidoscopic art ambulance. / Simon Judge

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March 09 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
10.30pm

how much
€12 / €15

club night
Oneman and Jackmaster

Simply being a great DJ is kind of an undervalued skill these days. When it comes to club bookings a big name producer is always going to be an advantage in getting the punters through the door, but there should be room for those who just play other people's music really well. That's what Oneman and Jackmaster both do. They don't produce their own music (athough they are the brains behind a couple of quality records labels in 502 and NMBRS), but they do put together mixes and live sets (not forgetting Oneman's unmissable Sunday night show on Rinse FM) of uncommon skill, inventiveness and, crucially, personality. It's not about who's got the most hyped new releases. It's about a sense of history, It's about those moments when they put two tracks together you didn't could go together, and it's about moving a crowd. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

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March 09 2012


where
Grand Canal, Outside the Hilton Hotel


when
Very, very late.

how much
We're not offering a reward...yet.

party
Polizei Barge

MISSING: Polizei Barge reported as missing last Saturday night/early Sunday morning. The barge, ordinarily resident on the Grand Canal, just outside the Hilton Hotel, was last seen in it's usual place of residence last Friday. A clearly inebriated witness spoke to us only wearing one shoe. 'I just wanted another drink, dya know? What'cha looking at? Ya mad f***.' We're concerned for the safety and welfare of the barge, and the incident is being treated as suspicious. Several suspects are in custody, including an actor who it is feared, may have been taking revenge for staff considering his entourage too large for the barge, despite witnesses describing him as handling the occurrence diffidently, and a man ejected for punching an on-board magician. If anyone has any information, please ring our confidential number. Or tweet us. / le cool Dublin

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March 09 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€12

gig
Tieranniesaur

From the pop-tastic Candy to the brilliantly fun Sketch! Tieranniesaur keep delivering tunes that you can’t help but enjoy. A smarter Camera Obscura but with the same unpretentious attitude towards delivering new-wave pop songs worth hearing again and again, Tieranniesaur are one of Ireland’s best new bands. Their self-titled album, released last year to much acclaim, is full of surprising gems. The standout track, Here Be Monsters, sounds like someone’s got hold of a dodgy 80's movie soundtrack and let Edgar Allen Poe remix it. Strange and subversive but with a beat to nod your head to and lyrics to get your teeth into, it's just a typical 5 minutes and 42 seconds of this wonderfully crafted record. Adding to their troupe for the live shows, these Meteor Choice Music Prize nominees are sure to blow your little cotton disco-socks off. Win Tickets / Hugh Torpey

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March 09 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€19

gig
Wallis Bird

It's sad but true that many of our most talented artists have to leave their home shores in order to find the acclaim deserved of them and songstress Wallis Bird is no exception. Having slogged away in Ireland for several years it took a move to Germany to earn a record contract and long overdue recognition. Thankfully she hasn't abandoned us completely, although her two Meteor awards may have sweetened the deal a bit, and still regularly plays here. Her shows are high energy affairs – part rock show, part intimate folk soiree and part powerful blues jam session. Her unique voice would melt even the hardest of hearts and when she sings one of her powerful ballads you feel it from the tips of your toes. Her latest eponymous album is out the day of this gig and you can expect sales to skyrocket on Saturday after this gig! / Frances Winston

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March 10 2012


where
Vacant Allotment, Lullymore Terrace, Dublin 8

when
2 - 3pm

how much
Free

food
Urban Garden Picnic

I have heard of Guerilla gardening and Pop up feasts but this event is a pleasant civilized synthesis of the two. I give you: The Urban Garden Picnic. Have you ever passed by a grassy knoll in that perfect suntrap and wondered, that would make a great location for a picnic? In a world of Occupy (insert financial district here), it makes perfect sense for us urban citizens to capture whatever gracious moments of alfresco lounging the city has to offer. It’s a cool way to re-discover your city and re-purpose disused spaces with a wanton communal moment whilst also promoting green space in your urban environment. If interested, the next gathering will be in Dublin 8 close to the Canal. The event will even be filmed. Bring along food for the picnic, your blanket and flasks of tea to keep yourselves warm! / Elish Bul-Godley

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March 10 2012


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
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when
9.30am - 5.30 pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Labour - A Live Exhibition

The presence of my penis means I can never really fully grasp the pain involved in labour. The presence of my daughter means I am never allowed to forget it though. In this often unequal world where the battle of the sexes rages, it can be argued that the arts is the one place that female of the species has earned a level footing with her male counterpart. In the specific world of performance art in Ireland, the female is dominant. In this live exhibition eleven leading Irish female artists offer audiences unprecedented access to a huge body of live performance work by some of the most radical and exciting women artists. Those who caught Amanda Coogan at Dublin Contemporary will understand that this form of live art is engaging and unforgetful. Be warned that at eight hours long, this is a short labour but a long exhibition. / Vernon Steel

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March 10 2012


where
The Helix, DCU Collins Avenue, Glasnevin D9
Location Map

when
2pm

how much
€6

cinema
Gone With The Wind

Winner of 10 Academy Awards, Gone with the Wind is certainly on a lot of top 10 lists of movie greats. Epic, dramatic and ridiculously decadent, it's one of the Hollywood 'bigs'. The wild character of Scarlett O'Hara (though turns out not quite so wild as her player, Vivien Leigh) is one of the more memorable of its time. It's notoriety however, rests uneasy, as the 'values' of the Deep South are so strongly twisted into every aspect of the story. Personally, I believe some romances shouldn't be romanticised but I'd argue that's actually a reason to see the movie - to form your own opinion. Decide for yourself if it should be stripped off its pedestal... or does the films' great achievements allow you to forgive the propaganda pedalling, so typical of its time? / Rachel Ray

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March 11 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
6pm

how much
Free

interactive
Re-Make Design Network

Here's a riddle: What do Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and the ReMake Sustainable Design Network have in common? Answer: Giant outdoor chess sets of course! Remake is a virtuous league of local designers who have been regularly translating artifacts from our wasteful economy into desirable objects using inventive & sustainable product design. Their new @Replay@ Event will now challenge 30 designers to construct a giant chess set from factory off-cuts over the course of 6 hours. The giant chess set will then be available for public use and interact with from 6pm on Sunday 11th March in Meeting House Square and at various other venues after this event.  As Mankind guzzles its way through the Anthropocene, it’s a small step in re-cycling but a fun, meaningful leap towards Re-thinking & Re-using waste. / Elish Bul-Godley

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March 11 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
8:50pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Rampart

The Rampart of the title refers to a division of the LAPD, which in the late 90s became synonymous with corruption and brutality in one of the most densely populated areas in the US. This extraordinary film however is much more than a police procedural, rather it is a character portrait of a man for whom character and fate are utterly unrelated. Woody Harrelson delivers an astonishing performance as detective Dave Brown, a dirty cop whose maniacal adherence to an opaque personal code eats him from within. Unusually for a James Ellroy script the film is not plot-driven, there is no destination of understanding. We simply ride shotgun. The sunbleached torpor of the LA streets is beautifully rendered too and supporting performances are uniformly excellent. A tour de force. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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March 11 2012


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
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when
5pm (dress code - mourning)

how much
Free (optional donation €10 to Barnardos)

tribute
Whitney's Month Mind

Point Break, Ghost and Dirty Dancing were iconic movies that changed the landscape of pottery wheels, watermelon carrying and surfing for a generation. When Patrick Swayze departed this life, it seemed appropriate to mark the occasion with a good Irish send off, and the Months Mind series was born. When the Queen of the Night exhale’d for the very last time, Whitney Houston became the latest A-Lister to fill the shoes of Snake Hips Swayze, Brittany Murphy and Liz Taylor. Her Months Mind takes place in the holy surrounds of the Odessa Club. Screenings of the (actual) funeral and The Bodyguard will be followed by the inimitable Paddy Fagan's interpretive dance of her life and death, a Bobby Brown beatboxing bonanza and a Whitney-Oke. Sing the pain out sistas, it’s what Whitney would have wanted. / Siobhan O'Dowd

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March 12 2012


where
31 Lennox Street, Dublin 8

when
Express lunch 12-2pm

how much
Depends, express menu €9-15

le other
Lennox Cafe

Anyone who has stood in line to attend the Sunday service that is the Lennox breakfast can step forward and testify to its resurrecting prowess. More silver spoon than greasy spoon, the food in the Lennox comes as a price but packs more of a punch than its namesake Lewis. Now, breakfast devotees can celebrate the good news that this bistro has launched a new express lunchtime menu, for those in a lunch hour rush. Sample the sandwich and house fries (which are as big as door stops) for around the tenner mark or go the extra mile and order the saliva-enducing seabass and creamy potatoes for under €15. As with most dining experiences, the clientele are as important as the cutlery and here I ate while a lady in a fur-collared coat fed her primed toyboy and sharp suits argued the price of Orla Kiely wallpaper. Indulgent luncheon. / Vernon Steel

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March 12 2012


where
No Grants Gallery (NGG), 12 East Essex St. D2
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when
Runs til March 22nd

how much
Free

exhibition
Bartosz Kolata - New Works

Having been told to look out for the dead people in the background of the paintings my experience of Bartosz Kolata's exhibition was a morbid game of “Where's Wally?”. Except this time there really weren’t any dead people. The exhibition note states that it seeks to explore “the border between bestiality and humanity.” But to me, Kolata’s paintings seem totally alien to both bestiality and humanity and gloomily fascinating. It is an Irish landscape captured in the socialist-realist ostalgie of its Polish creator. Violence underscores each of the nine pieces, its power and presence made palpable by the staid palette and facelessness of its subjects. The Dublin depicted is barely recognisable, as though the feelings of danger and threat evoked by the place have melted the architecture of the city into a terror of the mind. / Roisin Agnew

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March 12 2012


where
Angelcruiser.ie, 5 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.


when
12-8pm

how much
€199 (Basic)

pop-up
Angelcruisers

Hi Nelly, it’s that time of year again. Throw off the shackles of public transport and begin jaunting about the town on your very own customized rothar. Angelcrusiers.ie are enabling you to put some metal in your pedal with their eclectic range of Dutch bikes, designed to impress the ranks but not break the bank. This pop up deal on the quays will sell you a new bike for €200. For another 20 bucks, they’ll take it out of the box and assemble it for you. You can also avail of a unique service that allows you to emboss any image or logo on your own two-wheeler - likely to baffle bicycle bandits. The shop isn't anything fancy, such is the ilk of pop ups, but the only bells and whistles you really want are the ones you’ll be happily ring a dinging when you cruise off on your new favourite machine. / Niamh Hassell

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March 13 2012


where
777, 7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2


when
5.30pm - late (Lunch 12-4pm Sat/Sun)

how much
Starters (€7-€13), Mains (€19-€28)

restaurant
777

It takes a certain confidence or chutzpah to open a main street city centre restaurant with frosted windows. One where you can't peer in at the tumult or tumbleweed as it hitches its skirt to the vagaries of the passing trade. 777 models itself on a dive-bar and this sassy Mexican restaurant boasts an interior of which lock-in dreams are made. The reveal of subway tiled walls and buzzy booths will lead to Tequila pontifications across the counter and a jaunt through the kitchen sizzle to the toilets. Tostados (yellow fin tuna, slow stewed chicken, lump crabmeat, tartar marinated steak) and tacquitos (carnitas, baja fish, chorizo) require gobble restraint (€9-€12). 777 is the new food temptress in town, one you'll struggle to resist the allure of. And there's an 11pm - 12pm menu on Friday and Saturday - one which I hope to emerge from at dawn. / Michael McDermott

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March 13 2012


where
Olivier Cornet Gallery, The Wooden Building, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
Until 30th March

how much
Free

exhibition
Convergence

The opening of a new art gallery is always great news, even more so when it is located very close to Queen of Tarts. The brand new Olivier Cornet Gallery launches its first exhibition, Convergence and you should all converge towards it. I know, that was easy...Eclecticism and exploration are the guiding words for the curator who also likes the idea that everything comes harmoniously together in the end. To be true to his motto, he’s gathered the art of national and European artists, from Mark Doherty's mind-blowing steampunk manga-inspired works to Hanneke van Ryswyk’s vivid acrylics. Pop in and have a chat with Monsieur Cornet himself whose enthusiasm is highly contagious or with Eliane, the lovely gallery manager. Treat your eyes. And then treat yourself, seriously, Queen of Tarts is almost next door. / Marine Wong Kwok Chuen

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March 14 2012


where
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
Runs until 31 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Lights, Camera, Action!

Stepping through the curtain at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios and into the darkened gallery at the moment is like settling down into a plush seat at your favourite movie house…get ready for pure escapism. This is an exhibition about cinema, and how three artists have adapted the processes, narratives and visual language of the medium in their work. Anja Kirchner and David Panos' immersive video installation records actors training in the Meisner technique, an acting style that encourages students to react and improvise. Laurence Kavanagh's heartbreakingly delicate installations use the visual language of 60s cinema to create a sculptural homage to Alain Robbe-Grillet's cine novel Jealousy, and Allan Hughes' work imagines a merging of Jane Fondas Hanoi Jane persona and her character in the cult film Klute. This is a show to get lost in. / RB

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March 14 2012


where
The Screen Cinema, 2 D'olier St, D2
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when
8.20pm

how much
€5-€8.60

cinema
Love Irish Cinema

The words, 'Irish Shorts' may conjure up images of Umbro, pasty white legs, black runners and no socks and yes it's always reassuring to see a friendly pair of legs when you're backpacking around Australia, but we're also famous for different kinds of shorts. The Short Film category at the Oscars is fast becoming to us what basketball is to the Americans at the Olympics, or what music awards are to Adele's bathroom shelf. This year's Oscars saw us do pretty well indeed with Terry George's The Shore winning best short and Peter McDonald's Pentecost picking up a nomination too. In their honour and to all who came before, you can catch a feature length screening of Irish Oscar shorts which include some of our best nominees from past years. Good at making shorts? Yeah we know we are. / Rachel Hegarty

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where
Bear, 35 South William Street, Dublin 2.


when
Regular opening hours

how much
Depends

restaurant
Bear

Bear, on South William(sburg) St is the latest opening from 'Joltin' Joe (Crackbird/Skinfint etc) Macken and it is his most accomplished. With backing from er, Jamie Heaslip it's a grill room for people with Twitter accounts. The focus here is on chargrilled steaks and the toothsome, deeply flavoured cuts such as bavette, onglet and flank take centre stage. The room is industrially handsome, with Edison bulbs emitting a flattering glow. Start with verdant kale pesto or truffled egg mayo (served with peerless Le Levain toast) and then slice through your succulent viand of choice with beautiful Opinel knives. Service is gamine and attentive. Rumours that his next venture will be a vegan joint fronted by Michael Phelps and called Otter remain unconfirmed. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

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Gary Bell - Faoi Thalamh

This week, we hobnobbed with the lovely Gary Bell at the secret location for his upcoming underground supper.

I call this underground dining. What annoys me about pop-up restaurants is that they stay in the same location. Whilst this is underground -  it can be in the middle of the countryside, on a yacht in the Grand Canal Dock, or in the middle of town. 
 
The idea had been in my head since I was a child. Both my parents were chefs, so my love of food started at an early age. But it all took off at a private dinner party I did at my friend Eamon O’Connor’s house.
 
The desire was to show my friends that high quality dinners can be fun. Now there’s a real hunger for this sort of experience. It’s sociable, and different - it’s forty people sitting at communal tables, there’s live music and it’s my friends serving the food, all organised by Barry Hargadon. I worked at Thornton’s for five years. The main thing about Michelin star rating is the training and the idea of consistent excellence. 
 
Faoi Thalamh is taking place this Sunday, March 11th @ 7pm. For more info and booking, click HERE. PHOTO: Emily Quinn