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Fallon and Byrne

Continuing our series where we ask novelists to write restaurant reviews that are absolutely not restaurant reviews, the author of the Southern Reach trilogy meets his match in a Dublin brie.

I think it was Odysseus who first said, “Bring me a cheese plate and my life is complete,” although it may have been Aristotle. I can’t remember and am too lazy to Google it. But it was in pursuit of the mighty cheese plate that my wife Ann and I wound up at Fallon & Byrne, in the Temple Bar district of Dublin in late August. Fallon & Byrne was also described as a restaurant housed in a “wine cellar,” and this fulfilled another element of my own personal quest, ever since the week before in Edinburgh and a photo shoot at the international book festival there.

The photographer was a tall, athletic man in his late forties or early fifties who had sized me up and said, “You’re a fantasy writer, so we need a dank cellar.” This begged the question: What kind of fantasy had he been reading? But caught up in the moment and perhaps distracted by trying to unravel the B to A to Z to L thinking behind the idea, I said nothing and tagged along as we tried to find the... Continue Reading

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