So on that note, here’s my advice on where to eat in Dublin…
You may have seen me mention that I recently headed over to Dublin for a long weekend city break with some of my best girls. The trip was a getaway for two of the ladies’ birthdays…and the location hastily decided upon after a couple of us had a swift reminder of how much we liked the Irish accent (not that we are a shallow bunch, I swear).
So across the sea we went for a weekend full of good food, sight-seeing, lots of laughs and great company. As my first travel venture of the year I wanted to give you a full insight into our best finds and discoveries, so if you are planning a trip to the Irish shores take note…And if you are not, I highly recommend you get it pencilled in.
Today I am sharing with you my favourite food finds from the trip….which on the whole was packed with great restaurants and cafes.
I am not usually much of a breakfast person, but Third Space was actually one of my favourite eateries from the whole trip (bar one, but that is coming later). It describes itself as ‘not working space, not living space, but Third Space’. And it certainly lives up to that promise.
The interior is quirky but with a funky and industrial vibe…giving you the space to meet with friends regularly, or for artists to convene over creative breaks, and better still for the book worms amongst you…they have shelves and shelves of books ready for you to pore over as you devour your food.
If I lived in Dublin this is definitely the sort of place that I would become a regular – with friends, on my own to read, and everything in between. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food arrived almost as soon as the order was placed, but it was still fresh and utterly delicious. Although we frequented the chic cafe for breakfast, they actually serve lunch as well and both are relatively inexpensive.
Third Space is also located in a pretty funky area, the wall art certainly caught my eye despite the grey outlook on the days that we visited (yep we went back again for a visit even though we were only there for three and a half days). Not only that but a great fresh food indoor market is just up the road, perfect if your stay is a bit longer and you are in self-catered accommodation. It is also located conveniently close to the Old Jameson Distillery, but more about that coming soon.
Elephant and Castle
We saw Elephant and Castle on our first night in Temple Bar, but the tables were all ram-packed and our urgency to quell our hunger was more immediate. We were luckier another night, when we managed to book a table early on in the evening and return for our evening meal after a drink at the famous Temple Bar itself.
Again we opted to share some starters – the Chicken liver pate and the humous. After we had placed and devoured our order, we actually discovered the restaurant was well known for its chicken wings, a source of great disappointment to my friend Dani that we didn’t get to sample their signature dish, but that aside our starters were very tasty and we gobbled them up in record time.
The chicken liver pate was served with bread and pickled white asparagus (which I loved). It was just the right amount with us all dipping in… But I have to confess I could have managed it all to myself it was that good.
Then on to main. I am normally disappointed every time I order a burger our (apart from McDonald’s, ironically), but I saw the burgers whilst we were queueing to book our table and had already resolved that I was going to try one. I am really pleased that I did, it was certainly the best burger I have tasted out – the Elephant burger doused in a light curry sauce, cheese and with a side of mouth-watering chips.
We even managed to squeeze in some pudding – crepes and ice cream sundaes, both of which were the perfect way to round of fan excellent meal.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill
I have certainly saved the best until last. I really can’t gush enough about the food that we had at Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill.
It was the chosen location to celebrate Waverley’s birthday. And what a treat it was. The menu had other options aside from steak, but we all had eyes for one thing only. The steak portion of the menu wasn’t overly fussy, just great steak with great accompaniments. And boy did it melt in your mouth. We were all in raptures about our choices.
It is one of the best meals I have ever had. Ever.
The dessert (all of us selected the creme brûlée) was velvety smooth and very generously proportioned. (I for one wish I could finish the portion that I couldn’t quite manage on the night right now).
After we had finished our meal we popped up to Bar 37 on Dawson Street, which was ultra stylish and very chic….But characteristically packed for a Saturday night. Still if you are looking to ramp your night up after dinner I would recommend it as a good starting point That is pretty much it for my Dublin food round-up…
As you know, I like my afternoon tea, so of course we managed to squeeze one into our trip. But that is definitely deserving of its very own post…. Happy Irish dining, (Psst, you can actually check out the afternoon tea post here right now, you lucky devils).