101 Talbot

101 Talbot Street
Dublin 1
Phone: 01 874 5011

This upstairs room is pretty spartan and it involves an upper and a lower level, a lot of noise and a lot of very earnest-looking diners. There's a kind of unpretentious wholesomeness to the place, almost as if it specialised in vegetarian food which it most certainly doesn't (although people who eschew meat are well catered for here). "Thoughtful cooking" covers a multitude but at 101 Talbot it means that you get a menu that is a little out of the ordinary. Too many restaurants are content to serve the usual suspects. Here the menu is eclectic, but in a good way, properly thought through.