- Pho Ta – I’m pretty picky about my pho, as it is one of my favourite foods; Pho Ta does not disappoint. The noodle soup here is really delicious as are the spring rolls but if you’re not in the mood for soup, they have a variety of noodle and rice dishes and a great selection of appetizers. Located away from the crowds on Cope Street in Temple Bar area, Pho Ta is a breath of fresh air. The service is excellent and the soup is sure to warm you up on one of Dublin’s rainy days!
2. Neon – Located on Camden Street (also one of my favourite streets; great pubs along here), Neon is an Asian street food inspired restaurant with a diverse menu. Try one of their fabulous curries or wok dishes – the portions are quite large so make sure to share or save it for a meal the next day. If you have room, there’s free ice cream after your meal – what more can you ask for? This is one restaurant you won’t want to miss in Dublin.
3. Pitt Bros – There’s a reason they keep paper towel on the table at Pitt Bros – things can get messy (in a good way of course). I had the burger and fries and it really hit the spot. They also have ribs, pulled pork, chicken and other delicious items to choose from. Definitely not a place for vegetarians but meat lovers can rejoice – you will leave satisfied and still have money left in your pocket. Check them out at South Great George’s Street in Dublin 2.
4. Yamamori – Sushi is one of my favourite foods; I could definitely eat it everyday. I’m used to going to all you can eat sushi in Canada so when I came here and realised there is no such thing, my heart broke a little. But then, I found the award-winning restaurant Yamamori. It’s not all you can eat but it is absolutely delicious sushi all the same. The prices are a little higher than I’m used to but I’m willing to spend a little more to eat something that I really enjoy. Their spider roll with black rice is incredible as is their ramen. If you’re a sushi lover like me, you must try Yamamori. They have several locations around the city serving a variety of Japanese cuisine. Check out their website for more information https://yamamori.ie/.
5. Musashi – Of course I had to include another one of my favourite sushi spots. Musashi has a few locations; I’ve been to the one on Capel Street and it is superb. It can get quite busy so it’s best to book ahead or show up right at noon if you’d like to have lunch.
6. My Meat Wagon – Another great place for meat lovers. Located in Smithfield Square, beside the Lighthouse Cinema and Oscar’s bar, this is a great place to have dinner before seeing a show or heading out for a drink. You can choose from ‘Meat in a box‘, ‘Meat in bread‘ or ‘Meat on a board‘ and all their meat is 100% Irish. Their sides are quite good as well, you can choose from fries, coleslaw, mash, beans, sausage or corn. Yum!
7. Bunsen – With the tagline ‘Straight up burgers,’ Bunsen does one thing really well – make a delicious burger. Their menu is extremely simple which I love; they have a regular burger, cheeseburger and doubles of each as well as a choice of hand cut, shoestring and sweet potato fries. Their fries are also really delicious – I always go for the shoestring but they’re all great. Because of its popularity, Bunsen often has a queue but you can pop out for a beverage or a walk and they will give you a ring on your mobile when your table is ready. There are two locations; one in Temple Bar area and the other on Wexford Street. I have no idea why I’m writing this near lunchtime…I’m really craving a burger now!
8. Umi Falafel – This is one of my go-to spots for delicious food at a great price. You can either take it away or sit in. It’s a pretty relaxed environment with great service. They have a variety of tasty falafels, salads and an assortment of appetizers. Make sure to try their minted lemonade! They have two locations in Dublin; one on Dame Street and the other in Rathmines.
9. Kimchi – Just tried Kimchi recently and had to add it to the list. The food is delicious, service is quick and the prices are very reasonable. There’s a bar right beside the restaurant which is great for meeting up for a drink before your meal (160-161 Parnell Street). I’ve tried the Chicken Katsu, beef, calamari, salmon sushi/sashimi and a few other kinds of sushi and all were fantastic. If you’re a fan of Japanese & Korean food, Kimchi is not to be missed.
10. Leo Burdock – ‘Burdock’s’ has been around for over 100 years and there’s a reason for that – their fish & chips are delicious! Great prices for the portion sizes; you will definitely leave here satisfied. They have several locations in and around Dublin that have attracted a variety of celebrities over the years such as Snoop Dogg, members of Metallica and Hilary Swank. This is the place to get your fill of fish & chips while in Ireland.
11. Xico – If you love Mexican food like I do, you will love Xico. They serve a variety of Mexican inspired dishes and offer a range of unique cocktails. As soon as I walked into this underground cavern, I knew it would become one of my favourite places. On Tuesdays, they offer a choice of 6 Taquitos or Tostadas for €15 or you can add 2 drinks for €25. Xico is located on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin 2.
12. Smokin Bones – I realise that this list is heavy on the meat but it seems that BBQ joints are all the rage in Dublin. The ‘Pitt Nachos’ and ‘Dirty Fries’ are to die for. They also have Mac n’ Cheese (suitable for vegetarians), Beef Brisket, Burgers, Ribs and a variety of tasty side dishes. Smokin Bones is located in the heart of the city at 34 Dame Street.