A newish player on the Dublin dining stage, The Dining Room aims to re-create the glamour of a top Parisian brasserie. The sparklingly handsome room, with its giant wall mirrors, high windows, stained-glass ceiling, and glitzy candelabra, is one of the most impressive in the city. But the atmosphere is still casual, and chef Malcolm Starmet's menu has a touch of peasant France mixed with a Parisian finish. The stuffed baby squid with feta cheese, chorizo and romesco sauce
is sensational, and serious carnivores will delight in the honey braised duck with sevill orange, cinnamon, and green olives. The lengthy wine list is second to none. The Dining Room offers a pretheater menu weekdays.