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Order venison and chilli ragu with pappardelle, or pumpkin capellacci with walnuts and sage in Ranelagh’s Host restaurant, you could be convinced that the Irish have pasta cookery in their blood. These pasta dishes are so well realised – so sympathetic, so sensual – that you have to pinch yourself to remember that “Irish pasta cooking” are the three most scarifying words in the culinary lexicon. Yet, here in Host, the proof of the skill of this kitchen is that they can make and cook pasta as if their grannies came from Bologna. And not just pasta: the restaurant is on such a wave of confidence that they knock it out of the park with every dish: smoked mackerel with crab and chilli; perfect Andarl Farm pork chop; harissa cauliflower with pistachio yogurt. Chloe and Niall’s Host is Ranelagh’s red hot destination.

13 Ranelagh, Dublin D6

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