The Restaurant at Brown Thomas

Brown Thomas
Grafton Street
Dublin 2
Phone: 01 605 6666

Johnnie Cooke has returned to Dublin 2 and to the ladies who lunched at Cooke’s Café way back – now with their daughters – as he takes the reins at Dublin’s leading department store. There are some pleasant memories for people who used to eat in the old Cooke’s Café. Johnnie was doing crisp calamari before virtually anyone else in town and his spicy tomato sauce, a dark terracotta affair involving a lot of roast garlic, was one of my favourites. I was glad to be reunited with both.