Best Food and Drink 2015: Fallon and Byrne

The emporium on Dublin’s Exchequer Street continues to stay ahead in the foodie game

Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

 

Now in its ninth year, Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street remains food heaven for many readers. The business is constantly innovating and last year started baking its own bread, hiring three Frenchmen to knead and score dough into all manner of appetising eats. The sourdough baguette is one of the store’s best sellers, and the new recruits also bake seasonal variations, including a seaweed one that uses local ingredients, according to pastry chef Shane Smith, who heads up the bakery. Smith previously worked at Knockranny House in Mayo and the G Hotel.

Many of those who nominated Fallon & Byrne talked about the passion its well-informed staff continue to show for their areas of food expertise. Cheese counter manager Astrid Dahlman, for example, recently travelled to the Savoie region of France to select the store’s Comté order, choosing cheese from the caves to mature. As she personally selected the cheese that will be for sale in the store, you can expect to hear all about it when you stop and sample it.

“It’s a place where the staff are open, friendly and honest about what is ripe and tasting good and what is not,” says one reader, Joseph Feely.

“A former winner, it remains one of Ireland’s best shops for those who are serious about what they eat,” says judge Simon Pratt.

Siobhán Conmy sums it up by saying that Fallon & Byrne is more than a shop. “It’s like taking a holiday from your busy schedule. You walk through a fine array of fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs, a variety you would not get anywhere else, and shop for products you would expect to buy in Italy or Spain, all to background music that you want on your playlist, not cheesy supermarket tunes.”

Fallon & Byrne, 11-17 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, 01-4721010, fallonandbyrne.com

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.