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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

One of a host of new eater­ies in the Fade St/Drury St area, this holds it own with a down­stairs restau­rant and cock­tail bar and in­cred­i­bly cool up­stairs din­ing space. Grab a glass of wine, and some nib­bles form the Cic­chetti (small snacks) menu and head out back to the heated out­door ter­race, a per­fect way to while away an evening.

EDEN BAR & GRILL

7 South Wil­liam Street, Dublin 2, Ire­land, tel: (01) 6706887, eden­barand­grill.ie ¤ A good brunch spot, Eden Bar & Grill (the off­shoot of the orig­i­nal Eden on Meet­ing House Square) has all the brunch bases cov­ered: a good win­dow seat for peo­ple watch­ing on South Wil­liam Street, comfy ban­quettes for those who are in­ca­pable of sit­ting up­right, and a very bright, high-ceilinged atrium out the back for the perky post-pi­lates and yummy mummy bri­gade. On the plate, things are more con­sis­tent. Dishes all hover around the ten­ner mark (we refuse to pay ¤16 for eggs) and in­clude salt-baked beet­root with goats cheese, poached eggs and wild mush­rooms and wild asparagus omelette with al­monds and Cashel Blue.

HOP HOUSE

60-61 Par­nell Street, Dublin1, 01 872 8318, hop­house.ie ¤ Korean food is all the rage th­ese days, but the Hop House was serv­ing it be­fore your granny could say Kim­chi. It’s all a bit crazy, with noise from the bar next door spilling through to the restau­rant, but it’s the only place to go for au­then­tic Bibim­bap (a hot stone bowl filled with rice, as­sorted vegetables, Gochu­jang chilli pep­per paste, slices of mar­i­nated beef and a raw egg yolk). Their flash­ing disco pitch­ers of Korean beer are worth the trip alone.

GRAB & GO

As tonight is Cul­ture Night – and there are hun­dreds of free events on around the coun­try – there’s sim­ply no time to sit down for din­ner. Bet­ter to grab some­thing on the go, and cram as much as you can into the evening. In Dublin city cen­tre,

(umi­falafel.ie) on Dame Street is a great pit stop, with

Falafel

KANUM THAI

Umi

77 Me­spil Rd, Dublin 4, (01) 660 8616, kanum.ie ¤ Kanum’s green sig­nage has be­come a ubiq­ui­tous sight at fes­ti­vals and mar­kets in the past cou­ple of years, but the tiny premises on Me­spil Road of­fers far more than fes­ti­val sta­ples of Pad Thai and cur­ries. Fast, ef­fi­cient take away ser­vice, but you can eat in on high benches or at ta­bles out­side. The Pad Prik Haeng with cashews, onions and whole chillies is ex­cel­lent, as is their spicy Tom Yum soup - per­fect as the weather gets colder. Also in Rath­gar.

MATT THE THRESH­ERS

32 Pem­broke Street Lower, Dublin 01 676 2980, matt­thethresher.ie ¤¤ Up­mar­ket bar and seafood restau­rant, Matt The Thresher can be pricey and has a crowd to match, but its ex­cel­lent chow­der makes it worth a trip. A large bowl of steam­ing, creamy chow­der, packed with gen­er­ous lumps of meaty white and smoked fish, mus­sels and served with ex­cel­lent malt brown bread, it’s a meal in it­self for ¤7.50. Add in a pint of Guin­ness and you’re good for the day.

MUSASHI SUSHI

Le­banese and Pales­tinian falafel (both ¤6), crammed with pick­les, hum­mus, fried aubergine and more.

A chance to peek inside the Freema­son’s Hall on Molesworth Street is an an­nual Cul­ture Night favourite. Be­fore you head in, stop across the road at

at 32A Daw­son Street (lit­tle­ass.ie) where you can pick up any bur­rito and drink for ¤7 un­til 5pm.

Up in Smith­field, there’s lots go­ing on in Block T and the Light­house cin­ema, where you can watch four Ir­ish Film Board

Ass Bur­rito

15 Capel Street, Dublin 1 01-532 80 68, musashidublin.com Unit 2, Bur­ton Hall, Cus­tom house Square, Mayor St Dublin 1 01-555 73 73, ¤ Dublin’s best sushi restau­rant broke our hearts when it opened in far too small a room on Capel Street a few years ago. No book­ings, scant space, you had to el­bow your way in to try their de­li­cious Ebi Tem­pura Masago rolls, sliv­ers of spicy tuna or sashimi se­lec­tion named after Ja­panese flow­ers. Thank­fully its newer, larger sis­ter restau­rant in the IFSC makes it eas­ier to ac­cess this taste of Ja­pan. And the qual­ity of their de­liv­ery menu is ex­cel­lent, recre­at­ing the restau­rant ex­pe­ri­ence, even if you don’t have the cute Ja­panese fur­ni­ture at home.

M&L CHI­NESE

13/14 Cathe­dral St, Dublin 1, (01) 874 8038, mlchi­ne­ser­estau­rant.com ¤ Claim­ing the spot as Dublin’s “most au­then­tic Szechuan restau­rant”, M&L has gar­nered a cult fol­low­ing thanks to its seem­ingly end­less list of tasty, MSG-free dishes. Fans speak in hushed tones of the “Chi­nese-lan­guage menu” that (most likely doesn’t) have ex­tra spe­cial­ties on it. No mat­ter, the English lan­guage one of­fers

Lit­tle

NEON

shorts Rubaí, Ghost Train, The Miss­ing Scarf and Cod from 6pm-8pm. Pop into

– above – at 56 Manor Place (aslice­of­cake.ie) where their de­li­cious sour­dough sam­bos (¤6.50)are avail­able un­til 5.30pm or you can buy din­ner (shred­ded duck salad with pomegranate, ¤10.50) and peo­ple-watch on the square.

For a taste of the past, head to a free event at the

on Is­land Street, Dublin 8 where you can sam­ple food that was served in the 1820s at Dublin’s old­est char­ity.

Cake

In­sti­tu­tion

de­lights such as braised seabass in hot and spicy sauce and steamed ra­zor clams with rice noo­dles. The spicy beef is about 50 per cent chilli - only for the brave of con­sti­tu­tion. 17 Cam­den Street Lower, Dublin, 01-405 2222, neon17.ie ¤ It’s a real bone of con­tention, the op­ti­mum tech­nique with which to pull the big­gest ice cream cone. Hours of rowdy re­search have gone into it (and an old Satur­day job pulling end­less cones for tourists may have gone un­men­tioned). Neon brought this all on them­selves of course, with their clever idea of giv­ing you a free, empty cone with ev­ery meal and let­ting you loose on their ice cream ma­chine. Gim­micky, yes. But free ice creams do not a Thai restau­rant make, so just as well their food is as much fun. Fast, spicy Asian favourites of noo­dles, cur­ries, soups and wok-fried dishes, plus an ex­cel­lent, ex­plo­sive duck larb salad for just ¤6.50 (the ice cream comes in handy af­ter­wards)

OUZO’S FISH SHACK

Dún Laoghaire East Pier, 01-210 1000, face­book.com/Ou­zosDublin ¤ Watch­ing the sun go down over

A Slice of

Men­dic­ity

PAULIE’S PIZZA

SAN LORENZO’S

If you want to test your taste­buds, come to Mer­rion Square for

an Ir­ish Times event as part of Down­stairs Dublin, where from 5pm-9.30pm chefs Rob­bie Krawczyk, Cathal Dunne and Nicky Hal­l­i­day will be cook­ing dishes you can taste but not see while a team from Trin­ity’s neu­ro­science depart­ment and the Sci­ence Gallery teach you a lit­tle about your senses. It’s free in, but only eight peo­ple per sit­ting. First come, first served. Have a great night.

Rachel Collins

Dine in the Dark,

Dublin Bay while munch­ing our way through fresh crab claws, lob­ster rolls and fish and chips is on our top-five list of death row meals. This fish shack on the Dún Laoghaire’s East Pier has all of the above (but no death penalty re­quired to sam­ple them). Prices be­low a ten­ner, open from mid­day to sun­set. 58 Grand Canal Street Up­per, Dublin 4. (01) 664 3658, ju­niors.ie/paulies-pizza.php ¤ Piz­zas just like Mama used to make them (if you share your Mama with Joey Trib­biani, that is). Bustling pizza joint serv­ing up New York-style chewy thin-crust wood-fired piz­zas with a wide range of top­pings - the ‘Ju­nior’ uses but­ter­nut squash puree - some clas­sic Ital­ian pas­tas and sides. S Great George’s St, Dublin 2, (01) 478 9383, san­loren­zos.ie ¤¤ Pared back New York-style Ital­ian restau­rant, best known for its early birds and week­end brunches. Al­ways loud, al­ways busy. For brunch, we vote for the con­fit duck and spring onion hash pota­toes, or if you’re feel­ing ex­trav­a­gant, splash out on the lob­ster eggs Bene­dict.

SCI­EN­CENCE GAGALLERY FLUX CAFÉ

Sci­ence Gallery, Naughton In­sti­tute, Pearse Street, Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin 2, 01 896 4091, sci­ence­gallery.com ¤ An ex­cel­lent spot for lunch or early din­ner, the ground floor of the ever-evolv­ing Sci­ence Gallery is a buzzy, vi­brant spot. Many of the exhibitions spill over into the café, which you reach by pass­ing through the gift shop - avert your eyes or pre­pare to spend. In­stead, you can opt for a va­ri­ety of sam­bos, plat­ters, sal­ads and soups. Best op­tion is the stewp (no we’re not stewp-id, that’s how they spell it), a hearty hy­brid of stew and soup - and only ¤6.

TERRA MADRE CAFE

13, Bach­e­lor’s Walk, Dublin 1, (01) 873 5300 ter­ra­madre.ie, ¤ Food - and machismo - flown di­rect from Italy, Terre Madre calls it­self a café, but it’s a lot more than that. In a blink-and-you-miss-it tiny base­ment room on the quays, it serves au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes made with Lardo di Colon­nata, Cam­pofilone egg pasta, Porchetta carpac­cio and Terena Ascolana olive oil. We may once have or­dered the Si­cil­ian ca­per sprout br­uschetta for starters and then again for dessert…

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