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Restaurant Review - Dede at the Customs House

Restaurant Review - Dede at the Customs House

Wednesday 15 June 2022

In the 1960s, Youen Jacob, a young Breton, sailed into to the West Cork village of Baltimore, liked what he saw, and stayed to create one of the best-known seafood restaurants in the country, Chez Youen. It was a favourite with Francophile Charlie Haughey, who would sweep into the harbour on his yacht, Celtic Mist, for lobster and Dom P lunches. Neither man is with us now, but Youen Junior, and his wife Kate, have the The Lookout and La Jolie Brise restaurants, and the fab Waterfront Hotel.

Flash forward to 2017 and another adventurous young man arrives in Baltimore to make his foodie mark, this time coming from Turkey. Ahmet Dede was born in Ankara but moved to Kusadasi on the Aegean coast at the age of 10, where he helped in his uncle Ali’s restaurant during the school holidays.

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First Published In The Sunday Independent