Dining in Dublin
A few years back Irish food didn’t even count as a joke, but these days Irish cuisine is on top of the foodie pyramid and dining in Dublin is a foodies paradise. Fresh ingredients, world-renowned chefs, the world famous Ballymaloe School of Cookery and some of the globe’s finest ingredients have created a cuisine that is one of the best. From traditional foods like a full Irish and restaurants serving boxty, Irish cuisine is as varied as its people and regions.
Since the BSE scare back in the 90’s Ireland has been stringent about protecting its meat sources and this has allowed the country to focus on local products with a strong provenance. Virtually any Irish beef, pork, veal, chicken and so on can be traced back to the original source. The terroir is marked on the packages bought in grocery stores and it gives you the full information on grazing, pasture and so on. The seafood caught in the waters around Ireland is the best in the world. From Dublin Bay prawns to Wild Atlantic Way smoked salmon, oysters, crayfish, and even seaweed is sourced and used here. In the restaurants and food stalls new and inventive ways are being developed to serve fantastic local produce and it is now easy to find stunning meals that create sublime memories when dining in Dublin.
One thing you must try when in Dublin is a Full Irish Breakfast. Served in cafes, restaurants and via street food vendors a Full Irish is a breakfast for champions. With black and white pudding, rashers (Irish bacon), boxty or potato pancakes, soda bread, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, toast and a couple of fried eggs, and don’t forget the big mug of tea.
Many a student has fed themselves for the day on Gerry’s Full Irish. Includes all the fixings from rashers to fried eggs and you can have as much toast as you like, and tea refills are on the house too.
The Kingfisher, Parnell Square
This Cafe feeds the crowds from nearby Croke Park, very handy place to have a real Full Irish if your in store for a day of shopping. A Dublin tradition with big crowds and even bigger breakfasts.
Matt the Rashers, Sundrive Road in Kimmage & Clondalkin
Probably the most famous full Irish in the city, Matt The Rasher is popular with Dubliners in the know. Cheap and cheerful the place does get packed out so be prepared to queue. The recently opened location in Clondalkin (a suburb of Dublin) is also wildly popular.
A phenomenal all day breakfast with an amazing Full Irish that comes with pancakes, a little unusual but very tasty and it is supposedly one of the best valued breakfasts in Dublin which includes tea and coffee.
Their version of a full Irish includes double baked eggs, sausage, bacon and tomato and some of Dublin’s best coffee. They also have “healthy” menu options like granola but that is not what you go here for.
When you have finished your breakfast, shopped till you drop or simply hit the hop on hop off buses to tour the sites you may want to have some great food to keep you fueled for the day or evening. These are just a few of the top rated food destinations in Dublin.
The humble spud made beautiful
The potato has been the star and the joke of Irish cuisine for years. At the Boxty house, they take a great Irish staple the boxty and with carefully chosen artisan foods transform it into a gourmet treat. A boxty is a similar to a hash brown, made with flour and mashed or grated potatoes it becomes the perfect vehicle for a host of toppings. Most famous for its place in a full Irish the boxty is taken to gourmet heights here.
Chapter One has been around now for 10 years and its take on Irish food has produced both stellar dishes and reviews. The restaurant has one Michelin star and is one of Dublin’s most well rated restaurants, even Anthony Bourdain has eaten here.
The emphasis at Hugo’s is on Irish meats and loads of seafood. Irish seafood is some of the best in the world. Dishes from smoked haddock to duck confit have left diners impressed and going back for more.
Rated one of Dublin’s top 10 restaurants you will be in for a treat at the Pig’s Ear. Truffled, mashed potatoes, Earl Grey Tea cured salmon, tiny chocolate mice for dessert. Heaven on a plate.
One of the top Italian spots in Dublin, this little restaurant began as a shop by a couple who opened it after relocating from Rome. There is a fresh mozzarella bar, a wonderful bruschetta selection and really authentic Italian cuisine.
A great way to spend a Saturday is eating your way around the Temple Bar Food market. More than your average farmer’s market, this is the place to come and grab some seriously good street food.
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