Peter Hogan and Jumoke Akintola run a fish ‘n’ chip shop and an elegant seafood restaurant both under the moniker Fish Shop (fish-shop.ie), on Dublin’s Northside. Here, they take us on their ultimate fantasy grazing day trip
The Modern Pantry, London
Clerkenwell has to be one of our favourite parts of London – full of history, handsome buildings and great places to eat and drink. The Modern Pantry’s light-filled space, above, overlooking St John’s Square is a stunning location. The breakfast menu is full of exciting Antipodean-style fusion cooking but one dish is a must: sugar-cured New Caledonian prawn omelette, with green chilli, spring onion and smoked chilli sambal. It has been on the menu since they opened and is the perfect start to our day of eating and drinking. themodernpantry.co.uk
Chez Nénesse, Paris
There is a really exciting buzz around the Paris food and wine scene at the moment – great casual spots run by passionate young people but this place is entirely different. It’s a proper, family-run, old-school bistro in the Marais, where you can stand and enjoy an aperitif whilst waiting for your table, at which you will enjoy the menu du jour. On a recent trip, we enjoyed oeufs mayonnaise, followed by tripe and chips, and strawberry tart. Expect queues of hungry locals at lunchtime but the wait is all part of the fun.
Nou Manolín, Alicante
Dinner is the best time to go to this excellent tapas bar because at about 4pm each weekday, just up the road, the boats carrying the local red prawns, above, land some of the most prized seafood in Spain. A few hours later you can be perched on a stool in the atmospheric and theatrical bar surrounding the open kitchen, tucking into those gambas rojas, cooked simply in salt on the plancha. One of the great seafood experiences. noumanolin.com
La Venencia, Madrid
At La Venencia you have a choice of five drinks, all of them sherry. Needless to say they are all great and all the better for enjoying them in a bar drenched in history and full of characterful locals of all ages. There are some simple tapas to keep you thirsty and it’s almost impossible to spend more than €20. It’s the perfect place for drinks at any time of the day.
This article originally appeared in Cara magazine (visit aerlingus.com for more destinations).