2 Frederick Street South, Dublin 2
The food: Salads, sandwiches
Tiller + Grain's owner/chef Clair Dowling worked for Ottolenghi and Skye Gyngell in London, before bringing her flavour-popping salads and sandwiches to Dublin city centre. Meat and fish is cooked on an indoor barbecue, bread is from Bread 41, fruits and vegetables are predominantly Irish and seasonal, and it's hard to surpass the flavours in their salads, like freekah with preserved lemon, olives and chicory, and purple broccoli with blood orange buttermilk dressing and toasted pistachios. Not the cheapest lunch option in town but you get what your pay for.