Olive Delicatessen and Cafe
It’s hard to believe that Peter and Deirdre first opened shop 21 years ago, when Café Irie was one of the pioneers in Dublin’s Temple Bar. Moving to Skerries and opening Olive has proven to be an inspired move, alowing them to bring a crack team, and gorgeous food, to the north of the county, thereby establishing an iconic destination in Skerries.
The secret of 21 years of success, of course, begins with getting all of the little things right, and starting everything from scratch. The result is there in every bite, on every plate, that comes from the Olive kitchen: the lamb koftas in pitta bread; the salmon with lime salsa; the beef brisket with horseradish, the daily “hot roll”; the McCarthy’s bacon BLT. This is ace cooking, patiently considered, deftly delivered, and served with charm by a team who relish their work, who are as addicted to the noise and bustle of Olive just as much as the customers are. And let’s acknowledge that the energy of the café and the deli is indeed part of the attraction, because we all want to mainline the energy, we all want to be in the room where it happens.
Peter and Deirdre’s hard work and attention to detail has meant that their customers are, in fact, devotees, happy folk who are devoted to the twin charms of this deli and café. A destination such as Olive makes an enormous difference to a town, and to the quality of life of the town. Olive makes everything better, by making sure that everything is as good as it can possibly be.
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