Chameleon Restaurant1 Fownes Street Lower, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Tel: 01-6710362I’m old enough to recall when Temple Bar was the coolest part of Dublin but these days the huge volume of tourists makes it one of the last places most Irish people would go to on a Friday night.It is easy to forget that there are still around a dozen very good restaurants in the quarter and touches of that hip past are still there if you look hard enough.Chameleon was opened by Carol Walsh in the heart of Temple Bar 25 years ago in 1994 when the quarter had an exotic hipster feel and was still home to parts of the rag trade. She was soon joined by her husband Kevin O’Toole who is now the chef, and with their combined creativity and charm Chameleon remains an oasis. When it opened the focus was solely on Indonesian food and I used to visit with a Dutch friend who craved Nasi Goreng (Indonesian fried rice), Satay chicken, spicy Sambals and sweet sticky Ketjap Manis sauces — such flavours being commonplace in the Netherlands thanks to its large Indonesian population from their former colonies.Chameleon has survived, I think, because it has innovated… Read full this story
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