Dining Out

Gillian Nelis: French cooking with an accent on the classics at the Guinea Pig in Dalkey

Chef Jérôme Fernandes stays true to his Burgundian roots, and brings a lightness of touch to dishes that are often a little rich

Guinea Pig restaurant in Dalkey: sometimes, the classic are all you really need. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Bonjour mes amis, and bienvenue to my attempt to immerse my pre-teen in the world of classic French cooking. He’s been studying home economics for a few months now and is getting on famously; exposure to some archetypal dishes will, I hope, keep his enthusiasm levels up.

There are no shortage of those dishes on offer at the Guinea Pig, which has been in operation in Dalkey in south Co Dublin since 1957. Jérôme Fernandes, ...