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Sep 18, 2009 07:29 AM

Dublin lunch and dinner tips?

My husband and I are travelling to Dubin for a week in early November. Any suggestions -- walking distance of center city, mid-priced -- for lunch and dinner would be most appreciated. We're from New York City and love to try anything, from hole-in-the-wall to white tablecloth, but are particularly interested in something we can't find at home, including great brew-pubs. Thanks!

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    1. re: juniper77

      Thanks! Any other recommendations welcome!

    2. There's a good, simple, Indian restaurant not too far from the city centre. It's called Khan's Balti House, and I enjoyed a good curry there a few years ago. A friend of mine who lives in Dublin often eats there and he knows his food.

      1. A bit obvious in the sense that they pimp their location for all it's worth, but The Church ( has quite decent food. If you've never had dinner in a church, I'd go for it.

        1. Thanks all. These sound interesting!

          1. There are several good mid - priced options in Dublin City Centre at the moment. Check out the following and you won't be disappointed:

            Pichet (
            )Winding Stair (
            )The Pig's Ear (
            )La Maison (
            )Gruel - no webiste, casual but well prepared food on Dame St.


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            1. re: Patricko

              Thanks, Patricko, great suggestions and just what I need!

              1. re: City Kid

                Actually City Kid, the owners of La Maison also do the bar food in Vaughan's Pub in Terenure as per the link on their website. It's only a 10 minute cab ride from the city centre and is head and shoulders above most of the pub food you will find in the city centre.

              2. re: Patricko

                Hey, Patricko: just checking back in to thank you. We LOVED Pichet...went there for dinner twice in the week we were in Dublin: great staff and fabulous food. The Early Bird is an incredible deal. Also had a very satisfying lunch at Gruel, hearty seafood soup and delicious bread on a rainy day. Almost went to Pig's Ear, which also looked great, as did La Maison. We had a lovely dinner at Dax, which we also loved. The biggest surprise was the great food in Dublin...being NYC folks we honestly didn't expect that!

                1. re: City Kid

                  Hye City Kid, delighted you enjoyed the food in Dublin There has been a definite upward shift in quality and value here in the last few years. I am also a big fan of Dax..nice location for a romantic dinner.