Locks in Portobello has been steadily rising up the ranks of Dublin's best restaurants since re-opening under new ownership in 2015. Its previous incarnation under Pearl Brasserie's Sebastian Masi won and lost a Michelin star in the space of a year, which ended with the doors closing in July 2015, but in Autumn of that year a new chef-led team of Conor O'Dowd and Paul McNamara (ex-Etto) took over, and things have been getting better and better ever since.
And it looks like they're not slowing down any time soon, with today's announcement that they've appointment a new head chef, Chris Maguire, formerly of two-Michelin starred The Ledbury in London, and equally brilliant Michelin-starred Trinity, also in London.
With co-owner Paul McNamara busy preparing for his new restaurant Uno Mas, which he's opening with Etto owners Liz Matthews and Simon Barrett, we think this is a shrewd move to ensure the kitchen keeps evolving and improving. Locks seems to have some serious fire about it right now and we're looking forward to seeing what Chris is going to add to the mix.
1 Windsor Terrace, Portobello, Dublin 8
01 416 3655