In terms of eateries, Dublin and its suburbs are full of surprises. From time to time you come across small places out of the beaten track that are worth a visit. In the leafy suburb around  Dear Park in the Stillorgan area, we found two small restaurants, Michael’s Seafood Restaurant and its offspring Little Mike’s  a few doors down the road, the latter open on Sunday which suited us for a late lunch. Little Mike’s  is really tiny, with shelves and stools and a couple of table outside, weather permitting. Its menu consisted of meat and mainly fish dishes, something we primarily look for in our restaurant  explorations.
I went for a seafood bowl with wild Irish Halibut, Lambey Island crab claws, lobster fishcakes, Clogherhead Prawns, clams and mussels, while my companion opted for two starters: John Dory  fritti and Fried Gruyere cheese.My seafood bowl, prepared with care and knowhow, was worth its price of €28, so were my companions two starters. We could not fault their presentation, preparation nor the very professional  staff including  Primo Lese, a very pleasant Italian manager from Puglia. The only remark is that the tempura on the John Dory strips could have been lighter. Un fortunately a thick tempura has the habit of killing the freshness and the taste of the fish. (The Editor)