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'They do mini steaks': Mum-of-four Lisa Murrin shows us her favourite family restaurant in Dublin city

Lisa talks family life, dining out and making memories in the latest episode of Dublin Drives.

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WELCOME TO DUBLIN Drives with DoneDeal, where we’ll be taking a series of journeys with familiar Dublin faces to their favourite spots around the capital.

Today, we join foodie, business-owner and mum-of-four Lisa Murrin for a trip through Dublin city to her local park in Clontarf for a picnic, driving the Kia Sportage.

From as early as childhood, a passion for all things food was almost a guarantee for Lisa Murrin. 

Her family have run a catering company for 35 years, meaning Lisa was involved in the food scene from the get-go. “I’ve always grown up surrounded by food,” she says.

“I grew up in a house where at Christmas we learned how to fold napkins and empty trays… we didn’t watch Christmas movies, we learned napkin folds.”

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It’s no wonder, then, that Lisa decided to enter the food industry full-time at 16, going on to study culinary arts in college. Her experience in the industry is broad: she worked as a chef for five years, worked in operations in the catering business and co-founded Dublin city centre cafe Eathos six and a half years ago. 

Adding even more to her plate, Lisa is mother to four boys under six. There are five-year-old twins Dylan and Noah, three-year-old Luca and one-year-old Lennon. “It’s all go,” she says. 

Along with Lisa’s husband Dave, the family-of-six “love” dining out in the city. “We love to bring the boys out for food,” she says. “I have five or six restaurants that we go to religiously, that are kid-friendly and have brilliant menus.” 

Screenshot 2022-06-29 at 15.45.17 Lisa and David took a drive through Dublin city centre to Clontarf in the Kia Sportage.

One of these spots is Fire Steakhouse & Bar on Dawson St: “The menu is brilliant for kids. They really treat them like little mini people. They do mini burgers, mini steaks, mini salads.”  

With restaurants and cafes beings closed during lockdown, Lisa and Dave found a new favourite haunt close to their home in Clontarf. “The park is literally two seconds from our house. We used to just pack a bag, go down to the park, bring the boys’ scooters, their bikes, a huge picnic… it brought a whole level of new memories for us.” 

Screenshot 2022-06-29 at 15.46.22 Lisa and her family enjoyed picnics during lockdowns. Dublin Drives Dublin Drives

Our host David O’Caoimh picked up Lisa at Eathos on Lower Baggot St before heading to the park for a healthy (and delicious) picnic. 

Watch the video above for the full trip – including Lisa’s key to staying on top of everything… 

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Last time around, foodie influencer Guy Sinnott was in the passenger seat - watch that video here