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Dublin restaurant Matt the Thresher plays host to Obama family

Dublin restaurant Matt the Thresher plays host to Obama family

Dublin restaurant Matt the Thresher plays host to Obama family

Matt the Thresher Seafood Bar & Grill welcomed Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha yesterday evening for an early dinner after they had attended a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre.

Owned by Jimmy and Charlotte Lyons, head chef Stephen Caviston was on hand to showcase some of Ireland’s best known and most loved dishes.



Matt The Thresher is located between Baggot St and Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin 2, nearby The Shelbourne, where the Obamas were staying.

Michelle Obama ordered the Carlingford oysters followed by sauteed prawns with chilli and garlic in a white wine sauce with a mixed leaf salad along with toasted sourdough bread.

Her daughters shared a jumbo shrimp cocktail and then chose a shepherd’s pie of slow braised Wicklow lamb and fish and chips.

"We are still in shock but feel very honoured to have been able to welcome the Obama family tonight," said Jimmy Lyons.