Talented and well-travelled, Grainne O’Keefe has been a senior sous chef at Dublin’s popular Pichet restaurant (pichet.ie), she is also a partner in running pop-up, multi-course feasts with BiGpopups. She currently rattles the pots and pans at Bastible. Here, she takes us with her on a fantasy day trip of high-flying food and drinks.
I came across DosTrece by chance one morning in Barcelona and was very glad that I did. Situated in the El Raval neighbourhood, they offer a wide variety of breakfast and classic brunch dishes including eggs Benedict, pancakes and smoothies, while also catering for vegans. The pancakes – three large ones served with a sticky maple syrup and market-fresh fruit – were fantastic and could possibly feed two as the portion sizes are BIG! Their breakfast/brunch menu is served daily until 1pm while at night the restaurant turns into a lively bar with a stage downstairs. dostrece.es
I try to visit London as much as I can. I love Picture, which has restaurants in both Fitzrovia and Marylebone, for a great value lunch. Go for the pork cheek dish served with greengage plums, fennel and endive – a great example of seasonal, fresh ingredients – cooked by chefs Colin Kelly and Alan Christie. The customer service, managed by Tom Slegg, matches the warm vibe of the restaurant. They also have a great selection of wines, although I’d recommend clearing your calendar for the rest of the day if you want to have a boozy lunch here! picturerestaurant.co.uk
We were welcomed into the beautiful Wink by a charming maitre d’ in Amsterdam recently. However, for me, it was the food that set this restaurant apart. The kitchen is run by Natasja Postma, whose cooking and attention to detail is outstanding. Each course was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. I had a celeriac and truffle starter, which was simple yet packed with subtle flavours that, when combined, made for a really beautiful dish. bijwink.nl
De Locos Tapas, Ronda
Just over an hour from Málaga, the menu at De Locos is handwritten with each plate explained in detail. There are a lot of Japanese and Moroccan influences. We ordered a load of tapas accompanied by recommended wines and the bill was less than €50. In particular, try the foie gras or the smoked sardines if available, but all the dishes are incredible here. de-locos-tapas.com
This article originally appeared in Cara magazine (visit aerlingus.com for more destinations).