Painstaking attention to every detail is the foundation of the success of chef-patron Neal Magee's beloved restaurant, 101 Talbot. That attention to detail is also the secret ingredient of the lovely dishes he creates in one of Dublin’s most venerable dining rooms. This attention to the nuts and bolts of each element on the plate is the thing that lifts his cooking into the memorable, into the definitive. Mr Magee has an artist’s touch with cooking and plating, so the food is always gorgeous to look at, whilst his fundamental ethos tends towards comfort – a dish of venison chilli with sour cream and basmati rice has a hit of heat, but the cream and rice cool the fire of the chilli, giving your taste buds balance, and satisfaction, comfort tickled with heat. He will do the same with a dish of lamb tagine, crafting an intricate couscous that balances the spicing perfectly. The 101 dining room itself is an ageless Dublin classic, a Northside classic, and walking up the stairs is always tinged with expectation, and promise, whilst the staff and the cooking over-deliver on that promise, every time.
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