Day In Life of Fishmonger Eimantas Zvirblis

Eimantas Zvirblis Fishmonger Donnybrook Fair Malahide


Eimantas Zvirblis is the fishmonger at Dublin’s Malahide outlet of Donnybrook Fair. He has a wealth of experience of dealing with the freshest Irish fish and seafood, plus lots of ideas for how to use it. Here he tells us a little about his experience as a fishmonger and the day to day routine of working in one of Dublin’s most famous food shops.

When and How Do You Begin Your Working Day?   
From past experience, I’ve learned to always be prepared for the challenges that open up each day. I start my day very early at 6am, by going for a run with my dog. By then I’m fully awake for the day ahead. I like to begin my working day with good organisation.

How Did Your Passion For Fish Begin?  
When I was a kid, my father used to bring me boat fishing every weekend. I took a long time to say my first words, but when I saw him catch a fish one day, all I could say was “fish! fish!”. It was particularly funny as it was in English, but my parents are Lithuanian. I will also never forget the moment when I caught my first fish. That was the real beginning of my interest in fish and the passion I now have for it.

What Gives You The Most Satisfaction From Your Job?   
I like working with people and building good relationships. The great feedback I get from customers drives me forward and gives me strong motivation. I don’t want to just sell fish to people, I want to create a local experience for them and a friendly atmosphere. I also really enjoy playing with colour, so when people walk into the store and see my display, all they can say is “wow!”.

Which Part Of Your Job Do You Like The Least?  
I enjoy every task that my job brings to me on a daily basis. When you love your job as much as I do there isn’t anything to dislike!

What Advice Would You Give Someone Looking to Become a Fishmonger?
Never stop trying, as being a professional fishmonger is not easy. Always try and challenge yourself, and get as much experience as you can in as many places as you can. My career spans 10 years. This job takes a lot of dedication and patience, but the reward and satisfaction is worth it.

If You Weren’t A Fishmonger What Else Would You Like To Be?
I like spending a lot of my free time cooking fish and coming up with different recipes, so I would probably see myself being a chef in a seafood restaurant. 

Are You A Technophile or Technophobe?    
I’m young and enthusiastic about new technology.

How Do You Manage the Work/Life Balance?   
I find it very easy to manage the balance because I enjoy my job very much. I have a very good atmosphere both at work and home so I don’t feel any stress or pressure. Because I spend a bit of my free time cooking, I use it to create new fish recipes that I can pass on to customers who are looking for advice. So it’s easy to enjoy both work and my free time.

How Do You Relax When You Get Time Off?    
I love spending time with my family. As we have a dog we always go to dog meetings, it’s great fun. I have a lot of hobbies and they keep me occupied when I’m off work.

What Is Your Guilty Pleasure?    
My guilty pleasure is watching cooking shows. Gordon Ramsay is my favourite.

What’s Your Favourite Restaurant To Visit?
My favourite place to visit is “Nautilus” a restaurant in Malahide. I always get great service and very fine, delicious food.

Eimantas was a finalist the ‘BIM Young Fishmonger of the Year 2017' Awards - Congratulations Eimantas!

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