Top row from left: Brother Hubbard, Bunsen, 777. Bottom row from left: Craft, street food in Dublin; Octopussy's Seafood Restaurant
One thing you’ll notice about Dublin – it definitely likes its food. Walk around the city center, and the amped-up energy of the restaurant scene here will hit you full force. Whether you're enjoying a bowl of top-notch ramen from Kokoro on South William Street, seriously good fish and chips at the Cervi in Super Miss Sue on Drury Street, or a bowl of traditional coddle overlooking the River Liffey at The Woollen Mills, it's clear that Dublin is one of Europe's top gourmet experiences.
From left: 777, Craft, Brother Hubbard
International flavors, Irish-style
Fast-paced, clued-in and big on flavor, Dublin’s restaurants reflect its international outlook and its very Irish heart. Hip eateries mix bold, design-focused interiors with great music, great cocktails, and knockout food. Slide into a booth at the flashy, Bladerunner-style interior of Hang Dai and you’ll taste some of the best Chinese food this side of Shanghai, or try Mexican-meets-Irish at super-cool 777, with white-tiled walls and a tequila-lined bar.
Irish beef has an international reputation for the quality of its flavor and a good place to check it out is at Bunsen, where you can get your fix with “straight up” burgers made from Irish Black Aberdeen Angus beef. Featherblade mixes a dark, glamorous interior with insanely good steaks on a very simple menu, while you discover some of the great seafood Ireland is famous for at Klaw in Temple Bar, The Seafood Bar on Dawson Street and Catch 22 on South Anne Street.
And don’t forget about brunch, which dominates menus throughout the city on Saturdays and Sundays. Make it an all-day affair at super-popular San Lorenzo's, take in the panoramic rooftop view at Sophie’s, or try the laid-back vibes and great cookery of Brother Hubbard.
From left: Fish Shop, Delahunt, Hatch & Sons
A renewal of interest in traditional Irish cookery has seen a flurry of restaurants experimenting with modern twists on old flavors. A top choice is Delahunt, set within a historic Victorian building that boasts picture-lined walls, lace curtains and a long mahogany bar. The elegant menu is contemporary with a backbone of tradition – there’s Guinness bread, home-smoked salmon, and dishes such as venison haunch cured in treacle.
Sitting snugly beside traditional Dublin pub Mulligan's, The Vintage Kitchen places a focus on great local ingredients such as Irish beef, slow-roasted lamb and Wicklow duck, in a laid-back environment that features a 1970s record player and vintage arts and crafts.
Slightly outside of the city center, the district of Smithfield is a great place to seek out authentic tastes, with restaurants such as Fish Shop and Wuff, as well as charm-filled traditional pubs. A short walk from here in Stoneybatter, you’ll find L. Mulligan Grocer with local craft beers and acclaimed gastro pub food with dishes such as black pudding scotch egg; rare breed pork belly; and rib-eye steak with whiskey and peppercorn sauce.
Is your mouth watering yet? For food with a side order of fun, dine out in Dublin – the very definition of delicious.