“I love potato” is a strange thing to say, but somehow for me it’s the case and I’m not ashamed. This love found a new outlet in Dublin, where there are a lot of fish-and-chips places (the Irish call them “chippers”) selling the best chips I’ve ever tried. Honestly, if I ever leave Dublin, I think it’s probably what I’ll miss most of all.
The chippers don’t look like much from the outside; they’re a very basic bistro/takeaway style. I was only introduced to the phenomenon by Irish friends and would have never gone inside a chipper on my own accord. Another secret is that somehow all the best of them have Italian names (Roma, Luigi’s, Aprile, Romayos, Francesco’s, etc.), so if you end up in a new area, at least you have something to go by.
Aprile on Richmond st. is by far my favourite, I usually go for a simple bag of chips, but you can add a battered sausage (very Irish!), chicken or fresh cod. Another of my little secrets is to ask for lots of vinegar. Aprile is in the middle of the busy Portobello bustle, so you can have your bag of chips before you go to The Bernard Shaw or The Barge for a drink, or on the way home from the night out, or you can even share your chips with the Portobello swans — also my favourite!