Mexican food wave: Not one, but two great places to eat

Expert opinion gives thumbs up to Roots Mexican pop-up at Slane Castle and Los Chicanos food truck

Aisling McHugh and chef Keith Coleman of Roots restaurant at Slane Castle. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Aisling McHugh and chef Keith Coleman of Roots restaurant at Slane Castle. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

It is complicated when you’re reviewing the food of another country. Is it more real if the person cooking the food comes from that country? Or could it be the case, as food writer and owner of Mexican Picado, Lily Ramirez Foran says, that maybe the person working there is just a random student? And people think, oh yeah, he’s Mexican, he must know all about it.

Such is my conversation with Lily and her husband Alan, as we prop ourselves by steel barrels at Los Chicanos, a striking food truck parked outside Elliott’s Cash & Carry on Camden Row in Dublin.

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