09 May Dining in Dublin for Every Occasion
Where to eat in dublin
It can be overwhelming deciding on where best to eat in Dublin. There has been a boom, to say the least, in the restaurant scene which is of course a big plus for us foodies but also result in us brushing them all in the same paint. The reality is, is that not all are going to give you the experience you deserve. I have taken some time to share a spot for every occasion. It is no joke the impact dining in Dublin can have on your weekly budget and therefore I think its important to have a worthwhile experience. The following places not only provide a memorable mouth watering memory but take their customer’s overall experience as top priority including fair prices, comfortable interior, and for me the most important, excellent service!
1. The best pancakes. I’m an american pancake kind of gal. Therefore there is no question when I share that Herbstreet in Grand Canal have THE BEST pancakes in Dublin. Stuffed with blueberry, with a generous dollop of orange butter, it is the most mind blowing treat. Stacked up to either 3 or 6 (come on who are you kidding!) you will not be disappointed by this weekend food coma.
2. Mexican night with the gals. Dinging meets night out! For those who follow me on instagram will know how obsessed i am with Mexican food. But this place is not your average mexican. The pigs head carnitas might not be for everyone but if you’re a carnivore like me this pork spread comes with the most delicious fillings, including crackling, for your selection of soft and hard shell tacos. Do not leave without tasting their insane jalapeno margarita, the lobo verde, and if youre lucky enough to go when they have their bread & butter pudding smothered in dulce de leche …. need I say more? Be prepared to pay big bucks. But in my eyes, for a deadly night out, top service, the best tunes, and the best modern mexican flavours it is so so worth it.
3. Eggs with a twist. If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual full irish or avo toast, than look no further than the Squash Eggs at Bibi’s, Portobello. When I can order the veggie dish on the menu and feel completely satisfied that’s when you know it’s damn gooooood. A middle eastern veggie egg sensation in the heart of Dublin : DO IT! If you are not vegetarian please order the black pudding on the side. You wont regret it. SECRET TIP : when they say there is no table for 20 mins ask if there is seating at the bar. Works for me every time 🙂
4. Mid week meal. Alma is the newest addition to the Dublin cafe scene and with a name that translates from spanish to SOUL I think it speaks for itself. Run by an Argentinian family, from host to kitchen, this place has a south american flare that will leave you planning your next trip across the atlantic. Chimichurri salsas, argentinian chorizo, dulce de leche pancakes, and my favourite, anchovy and kale salad. This salad, no joke, is the best creation since the kinder bueno. Take away the bread and add chorizo to make it the most delicious paleo meal.
5. Must-do middle eastern. Tang, with locations now on both south and north side of the liffey, should be on your weekly shopping list! With a daily selection of four mindblowing salads, I always go for the salad bowl which consists of the most generously sized bowl of goodness for less than €10 : 4 fresh middle eastern style salads, hummus, add either chicken/lamb/chickpea and tzatziki (I add pickled red cabbage and pickles because I’m all about the extras!). Bonus point is that you order and pay all up front so there is no hanging around!
6. Vegan/veggie meal time. When there’s a restaurant that provides a menu that I rarely need to add meat to the dishes you know it’s a goodie. Everything is fresh. Everything is pickled. Everything is taste-bud-central-good! Closed on a Sunday so organise that Saturday brunch date and head on over.
7. Double date. Ok so I am sure you have all heard and have all been to Host. But seriously if I had to pick one restaurant in Dublin to eat in for the rest of my days, this would be it. It is everything I love from a dining experience. No fuss and NEVER disappoints. I especially enjoy it’s casual atmosphere which you can enjoy while feeling you are being served in a michelin star restaurant. Beautiful interior, the best service in Dublin hands down, reasonably priced and of course when there’s nothing on the menu that is less than divine, you literally can’t go wrong. I would recommend the burrata to start followed by either the steak or the pork. My mouth is watering even thinking about it!
8. Anniversary date. Well if it’s good enough for Prince Harry and his misses …. Delahunt is the perfect place to treat yourself on a special occasion with your man. Give yourself time before your reservation to nip upstairs to their secret ‘living room’ bar for a celebratory cocktail and enjoy a night to remember. A modern twist on traditional Irish cuisine will leave you with a warm, fuzzy feeling of home.
9. Private Dining for any occasion. Locks is a neighbourhood restaurant with one of the most unique dining rooms in Dublin situated on the banks of the Grand canal. Awarded Best Private Dining and Club Restaurant in Ireland at the 2018 Restaurant awards it provides not only a cosy living room feel dining space, but also beautiful private rooms which can be reserved for groups up to 12 persons! Enjoy modern seasonal food bursting with flavour, all in a relaxing, informal environment nestled in Portobello.
10. Fancy pants. Forest Avenue, situated just on the edge of Dublin’s city centre, is one of those ‘once a year’ kind of places you’ll treat yourself to and once it’s over you’ll be awaiting the following year immediately! Informal style with an overflow of class, this tasting menu will hit you in all the right places. Go on, treat yourself!
So, get booking! I admit I am a creature of habit when it comes to all aspects of my life, especially food. These 10 Dublin restaurants are ones I spend my hard earned dollars on every week and I am sharing spots I would hand on heart recommend with confidence. I am sure there are plenty other amazing spots in Dublin, but these from my experience hit ALL the requirements for a meal to remember. ENJOY and if you happen to spot me in any of the above, please don’t judge the amount of food I order 🙂
Photos by Amber Baruch found here.