Federico Riezzo’s Dublin Address Book

28th July 2015

Interview: Killian Fox
Photographs: Yousef Eldin

The Italian drinks maestro recommends a brilliant basement café, a little gem of a cocktail bar and the Dublin supermarket where he buys Asian ingredients



39, Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2; +353 1 598 4880,
“I went here for the first time last week and it was very good. The food is very similar to St John in London: they were serving things like crispy pig’s ear and oxtail with bone marrow, parsley and snail salad. It’s really nice and they’ve done a great job with the design.” – Federico

Fumbally Café

Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8; +353 1 529 8732,
Federico highly recommends this hugely appealing basement café (pictured below) on an unprepossessing street southwest of the city centre. “It’s really forward-thinking, they’re doing amazing things. There was nowhere like it in Dublin when it opened.” (See our interview with Katie Sanderson for more info.)

Coppinger Row

1 William St S, Dublin 2; +353 1 672 9884,
“I’m a bit biased because my business partner runs it but the food at Coppinger Row is always good. Also it has a great atmosphere – it reminds me a bit of Moro in London, very busy with good food. It’s nice to go to a place where you see everyone from the hipster to the 80-year-old – I like that.”

Upstairs Bar @ Kinara Kitchen

17 Ranelagh Rd, Dublin 6; +353 1 406 0066,
“There aren’t many good cocktail bars in Dublin but I like this little bar on top of an Indian restaurant in Ranelagh. It’s very small, a one-man bar, but Paul Lambert who runs it knows what he’s doing. He’ll tell you the origin of each drink and what goes with what – he’s incredibly knowledgeable.”


Asia Market

18 Drury St, Dublin 2; +353 1 677 9764,
“This is really good for Asian ingredients: they have a huge selection, they’re always busy, and it’s really good value for money. You find things here that you don’t get anywhere else.” – Federico

Wrights of Howth

14 West Pier, Howth, Co Dublin; +353-1-8320249,
“Wrights were supplied us with fish when I was at Coppa and their stuff is great quality. I’d get a big slab of salmon from them and make sashimi. They have a shop at Dublin airport as well as the one in Howth.”

Fallon and Byrne

11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2; +353 1 472 1010,
A buzzy high-end food hall in the city centre. “I go to Fallon and Byrne if I want to cook a nice piece of meat.”

Dunnes Stores

46–50 South Great George’s, Dublin 2;
Fede doesn’t discriminate too much between high and low when it comes to food shopping – he also shops at this resolutely unfancy Irish supermarket as well as SuperValu (another Irish supermarket chain) and Lidl.

McLoughlin butchers

304 Ballyfermot Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10; +353 1 5065554,
“Another Coppa supplier. Pat does really good meat.”

Posted 28th July 2015

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