My first food memory?
My Granny’s Coffee and walnut cake. She was a wonderful artist too, she did Illustrations for the Cuala press and a book of Poems by WB Yeats. She really influenced and encouraged me to go to art college as she went all the way back in the 1920s
Best local area for restaurants?
I live on the north quays and the area around the Ha’penny bridge has got some really great restaurants, The Woolen Mills, the Winding Stair, Il Fornaio and lots of little places serving everything from sushi to burritos.
Most recent enjoyable dining experience?
Upstairs at the Drury Buildings, a really good meal and fantastic atmosphere and service. There is even a gorgeous little courtyard garden at the back where you can sit out. If you get the early bird its super value too.
Most visited restaurant?
I work at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, and Yamamori Sushi, across the river is our go to restaurant to bring visiting artists and curators. The sushi is fantastic and they always have interesting specials.
Favourite celebrity chef?
Nigella, Always and forever.
Favourite Food TV programme?
I don’t watch much tv but anything that involves travel and food, the likes of Rick Stein or Anthony Bourdain is something I would watch given the chance.
The restaurant I would recommend to a visitor to your home city/town?
Brother Hubbard, I love the middle eastern influence for breakfast and the baking is superb.
Restaurant/café hidden gem?
Terra Madre on Bachelors walk. It’s a bit hard to spot as it is hidden away in a basement but it has the best simple authentic Italian food I have had in Dublin, and delicious wines imported from Sicily.
Grogans Castle Lounge, on a winter afternoon when it’s raining, with a pint of Guinness, a cheese toastie and some good company is pretty much as close to heaven as Dublin has to offer.
Favourite for weekend brunch?
San Lorenzo’s on Georges street has become a bit of a brunch institution in the last year! The choice is amazing and they do a great bloody mary.
Favourite healthy meal?
I recently took the plunge into vegetarianism, and I think my favourite thing at the moment is smashed avocado on rye toast with feta and a little salad. Actually anything involving avocadoes is good…
My guilty pleasure?
The raspberry and chocolate brownies from Camarino bakery on Capel street. Nothing should be allowed to be that delicious.
The meal I make to impress my friends?
I used to have a cookery blog with my friend and housemate Lucy, who now runs the Inn to the West in Clifden (best breakfasts in Connemara!). We once cooked a sit down dinner for 26 people in our little house in Dublin 7. I cant really remember what we cooked but the sheer volume of food was pretty impressive I’m sure!
Favourite food brand?
Glenisk yoghurt is pretty special stuff. I never buy any other kind.
If I owned a restaurant I would name it?
Rayne Booth is the curator of Temple Bar Gallery and also creator of the Dublin Gallery Festival.