As an Irish pub, The Fifth Province naturally has a warm and boisterous character, and being conveniently placed right next to a tram stop increases its popularity. As the night grows long and the crowds file in, the atmosphere is further warmed by live music. Quality over quantity is the menu's focus, with weekly specials from Monday to Friday. [caption id="attachment_15220" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Cured Salmon Gravlax with lime creme fraise, cucumber, dill vinaigrette and parmesan crisps ($16)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_15224" align="aligncenter" width="950"] Soba Noodle Salad - Smoked eggplant, avocado, thai basil...

Since 2011, The Last Jar has been serving up traditional Irish cuisine out of the former Royal Artillery Hotel building, which was previously home to The Arthouse. Having originally met whilst working together at Michelin-starred The Commons in Dublin, Siobhan Dooley and Tim Sweeney now co-own and run this Irish gastropub. Sweeney has an impressive CV, working at other Michelin-starred restaurants including Petrus and Thornton's (by Gordon Ramsay) and also Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant. The kitchen at The Last Jar makes as much as possible from scratch, from the...

Here we bought a traditional wholegrain brown soda bread, a turnover and an apple danish. The brown bread crust tasted like the pretzel biscuits. The turnover had a really soft and fluffy texture. A2 and I ate half of both loaves so we were too full for lunch. Though I don’t mind eating the multigrain soda bread, I don’t really like it. [gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2"]...

The receptionist at the hotel recommended a pub just 100m down the road called O’Sheas if we wanted to sample Irish fare. I had Irish lamb stew with root vegetables (€10.25), A2 got spicy vegetables in an Irish pancake (€9.50), dad had a confit leg of duck with red wine jus (€10.25) and mum had leek and onion soup with wholemeal bread and meatloaf with potato and onion mash, veggies and onion rings and a cup of tea (all for €9.95). The food was really good. The bread...