When I first moved to Dublin, Aprile and other “chippers” (as the Irish call fish-and-chips shops) seemed like a strange phenomenon of fast food. I knew about the whole fish-and-ships culture in the UK, of course, but expected something more traditional, with fish wrapped in a newspaper.
Indeed, you do get your chips in a paper bag, but in general the chippers just look like takeaways. Somehow all the best of them have Italian names (Roma, Luigi’s, Aprile, Romayos, Francesco’s, etc.), so even in a new part of town, you always know what to look for.
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. My advice is, always 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!