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Three months in Dublin--where should I eat?

I think the title says it all. I'm looking for all types of food, all price levels. I'd like some affordable places I can go regularly but would like to try nice places too.

On another note, is there Korean in Dublin? I'm currently in the Bay Area and completely hooked.


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  1. Hi Lina:
    Dublin is quite an expensive place to eat. However, there are an increasing number of really good cheap eats in the city... and Korean is one of them.

    the area around Parnell Street, and Moore street is Dublins unoffically "Asia" town- there are a whole range of incredibly cheap, and very good chinese, Korean and Indian restaurants. Allilang is my favourite Korean- great for bbq- always full of young Korean slurping noodles and cooking on the central grill. I find it really good fun eating, and delicious. Madina is an indian inspired, mainly takeaway food service on Moore Street; Northern Palace on Moore street also has a devoted following. None of these places are fancy at all- and the prices reflect that- the food however is very good.

    Other stuff that I like (mainly budget places). the Epicurean Centre (Abbey Street) is cafeteria style dining- with indian, mexican, italian, turkish, french etc offerings. Very reasonable- good for lunch. Gruel on Dame Street is also excellent, a sister restaurant of the more up market Mermaid Cafe. The Irish Film centre (Temple Bar) can be quite good for a budget bite to eat and a pint.

    Georges Street South is my favourite area of town for food at the moment. In a number of different price ranges, Fallon and Byrne, Brasserie Sixty6, Cafe Bar Deli, Havana Tapas Bar, Yamamouri Noodles, L'Gueulteon among others are all very good, and low-mid priced restaurants.

    For vegetarian I like Cornocopia (Wicklow Street). there are a number of sites for good food. try adlib and diningtreats and forkncork is a reasonably good food forum.

    I will post a few more ideas if I think of them.. there are obviously loads more, particularly outside of the main city centre area.

    1. WE spend a month in Dublin evry other year - some of our favorites/regulars not mentioned above are:
      Queen of Tartes on Dame Street
      Bad Ass Cafe in Temple Bar
      Mao Cafe www.cafemao.com
      O'Neill's Pub - Suffolk St
      Bewley's Cafe - Grafton Street
      Leo Burdocks - multiple locations
      Sheridan's Cheesemonger for take out off of Grafton St on St Ann I beleive
      Chapter One at the writer's museum

      Most of these are reasonably priced and good solid food - Chapter One is upscale.

      1. Thanks so much--this is really helpful. I've been here four days, and so far, the only good food I've had is what I've made! I'll start trying the places you have recommended.

        What about traditional Irish food? Is there anything specific I should try, and if so, where?

        Thanks again!

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        1. re: Lina

          Try O'neill's - Also it is a must to got to Sheridan's - it is my mecca in Sublin and Gakway - it is all takeaway and mostly cheeses, sausage and bread - but I am sure u will not be disappointed

        2. Hey desperate diner,

          I can't find listings for any Korean in Dublin except for Alilang. This ones seems to have turned Chinese recently, although they still claim to be Korean, at least according to the reviews I've seen.

          Do you know of any others? It's only been a week and I'm going through withdrawal!


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          1. re: Lina

            I absolutely second sheridan's. Great people and incredible cheese. Leo Burdock's is also a must, and cheap.

            Butler's chocolate cafe is great. free chocolate with every coffee, Brilliant.
            The Gaellic Kitchen. I can't remember exactly where it is. It's SW-ish of Temple Bar, out towards the Guinness factory. Great quiche. You can also find them at the farmers market that meets in temple bar. Get some hot chocolate there too.
            There's a grocery store called Fresh. It's a few block north of the river and a little bit east of phoenix park. It has very good prepared foods. A good place for quick cheap meals. Also, any foodie who visits Ireland HAS to visit Cork to go to the English Market. There's nothing like it.

          2. I enjoy Wagamama's a lot. Have you tried? it's in Stephen Green Shopping center. And Yamamori's noodles as well.

            On Saturday morning, in Temple Bar there's a Food Market and there're some nice food there. I recommend you the olives!

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            1. re: Malice

              oh my goodness, that olive spread is more beautiful than anything in any of London's galleries.

              1. Hi- sorry for not getting back on the Korean front. Allilang do Chinese type food, but are most "famous" for the Korean BBQ. Along Parnell Street there are a number of Chinese and Korean restaurants at the budget end of the market that offer the bbq option- Top of O'Connell Street, turn right, to find them. hope this helps.

                I havent been to Allilang in a while- I hope its still up to scratch :)

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                1. re: desperate diner

                  In Parnel Street, almost in the corner with O'Connel Street, there's a small korean restaurant named "Kim Chi" and I was there last weekend and I enjoyed it a lot.

                2. Thwew is a new listing in the Dubliner magazine of the "10 best restaurants you never heard of"
                  1.Cafe Fresh Upstairs at Powerscourt townhouse S. William St
                  2.Hanley at the bar May Lane D7
                  China House Moore Street - I can vouch for their fantastic dumplings.
                  3. Han Yang Korean on Parnell St
                  4 Er Buchetto, Ranelagh Village
                  5. Honest to Goodness, Georges arcade - Really fresh food and fantastic sambos.
                  6.Queen of Tarts Cork hill Dame st
                  7.Andersons Creperie, Drumcondra
                  8. Silk Road Cafe in the Chester Beatty Library behind Dublin Castle - Amazing fresh food med lebanese/greek style. Try the coffee too!
                  9.Michaelf food and wine bar, Mount Merrion
                  Monsoon (Indian) Rathmines road.

                  1. Hi Lina,

                    For lunch I love La Maison de Gourmets on Castle St. (between Georges St. and Grafton St.). They have revamped the menu lately and I am hooked on their duck salad. Its quite small upstairs but if you go for a late lunch (i.e after 2.30 pm) it is usually easy enough to get a seat.

                    For a special treat (fairly expensive but SO worth it) I would recommend Chapter One on Parnell Square. I have been there a few times - both as part of a large party and just with a couple of friends and have always REALLY enjoyed it. The service and food have always been fab. I think they do a pre-theatre special.

                    Also Chez Max (tucked in beside Dublin Castle on Dame St.) - very Parisian (I know you're in Dublin but this is worth a visit).

                    The Lara-lu stand at the entrance to the Georges Arcade (near La Maison de Gourmets) does LOVELY rolls for lunch. I would also second the food market in Temple Bar on Saturdays.

                    I had one of my best meals this year in Town Brasserie on Kildare St. Also, tho I havent been in ages would definitely recommend Mackerel on Grafton St (above Bewleys) - a fish restaurant (obviously!) There is a lack of good seafood/fish restaurants in Dublin so this is a must.

                    For takeaway, Suppers Ready off Camden St. and in Clontarf are great - or used to be - I dont live in their catchment area anymore so havent had the pleasure recently.

                    A chinese friend of my husbands took him to the new millenium beside the Gaiety Theatre (off Stephens Green). It sounded great and I am dying to go. anyway thats it for now, will post more as I think of them. Happy eating.

                    Anyway will post a few more as I think of them.

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                    1. re: jendolan

                      As a native Dubliner who does eat out quite a bit (but only occasionally at the expensive end) this is my list:

                      Dunne & Crescenzi, South Frederick St (2 venues ) just off nassau St. (genuine Italian run, limited but consistent quality)
                      101 Talbot (closed Sunday/monday) Dinner only. Talbot Street, off O'Connell St.
                      Port, South William Street (new wine/tapas bar) Very reasonably priced and good selection of tapas and wine.
                      Tea Rooms at Clarence hotel
                      Unicorn, off Baggot Street.
                      Avoca in Wicklow Street. Open during shopping hours only, including Sunday Brunch. Probably best Irish type food (i.e., not for tourists) that I have eaten in Dublin.
                      Good world on Dame Street (Chinese)
                      Honest to Goodness (for snacks/brunch/soups etc. Tiny venue in Georges St Arcade (currently closed due to fire damage, due to reopen shortly)
                      Cafe Una, kildare Street. Irish food and Irish language spoken!
                      Chapter One, consistantly gets rave reviews. Their 'early bird' is great value.
                      Cornucopia on Wicklow Street, VEGETARIAN and VEGAn. soups/breads/mains. Always a bit manic but avoid lunchtime and should get a seat !

                      That's is it for now.

                    2. Don't miss Chapter One in the Writers' Museum for a splurge. We had a wonderful Christmastime menu there (mulled wine, venison, etc). Fantastic place.

                      1. A friend recommended me "the winding stair" so this morning we went to the bookshop first (one of my passions) and it ́s lovely. You can find there new and second hand books. Then we went to have a lunch to the restaurant. The food was gorgeous! the service was fast and efficient.

                        So I can ́t complain!

                        1. For a great steakhouse, I'd recommend Shanahans's On The Green (it's on St. Stephen's Green). I dined there twice with a group of 10 or so. We actually ate in the bar area downstairs which is called the Oval Office. It is full of US Presidential memorabilia. Behind the bar enclosed in glass is JFK's original rocking chair from Air Force One. Very cool. The owner is the creator of "Hooked On Phonics" and apparently paid an enormous amount of money for it.

                          The service was oustanding and I had the Filet both times, mmedium rare, cooked perfectly. It melts in your mouth, The seafood apps that we ordered were all very fresh. The only complaint that we had was that the mussels were overcooked. The chef agreed and sent us another order which was taken off the bill.

                          Two of the best filets I have ever had, My friends all ordered a variety of beef and everone raved about their meals. Very nice place. I think it was about 90 Euros pp but we ordered a lot of wine.

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                          1. What ever happened to La Stampa...it was off St. Stephen's Green... Had great food and an even better dining room with high vaulted ceilings...Of course, this was about ten years ago when the only ethnic food Dublin had was the Indian place in the Westbury and a newly opened Mexican joint that used a Velveeta type product instead of cheese. Still, I love that town and while I would probably miss the Dublin I knew, it would have been nice to have a more wide variety of restaurants.

                            1. La Stampa has reputedly gone WAY WAY down hill. which is a real shame, as the dining room and ambience are wonderful. there are a lot more food options at a range of prices in Dublin these days... in particular, some great mid-priced restaurants are popping up all the time- L'Gueulteon, Winding Stair, Fallon and Byrne, Venu among many others.

                              I should have suggested for Lina to also try Dunne and Crecenzi's (possible poor spelling) very good value wine and italian food; there are a number of locations- the most central being on South Fredrick Street.

                              1. I second the ref to La Maison des Gourmets, both for eats in the tiny area upstairs and for killer pastries/breads. I love Cornucopia for grunchy granola/vegetarian stuff -- especially their salads (potato salad with roast hazelnuts and lots of garlic; green bean salad; carrot salad; chickpea salad etc) -- all really fresh and delicious. Eden is a marvelous upscale place for a splurge -- in Temple Bar. I've had some nice Italian (also in Temple Bar) but I cannot for the life of me remember the name -- had lots of Italians eating there. Otherwise, a lot of the cafes and things are pretty disappointing....

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                                1. re: fiorbhlasta

                                  I agree about Cornucopia! I was just in Ireland and also went to The Winding Stair, you should definately go there, excellent food.