DUBLIN hushed tones of the “Chi­nese-lan­guage menu” that (most likely doesn’t) have ex­tra spe­cial­ties on it. No mat­ter, the English lan­guage one of­fers de­lights such as braised seabass in hot and spicy sauce and steamed ra­zor clams with rice noo­dles. The s

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66-67 South Great Ge­orges St, Dublin 2, 01-400 5878 brasseriesixty6.com ¤¤

Cel­e­brat­ing its 9th year in business – my how time flies – this George’s Street restau­rant was quite the nov­elty when it opened, with its plate-lined walls and never-end­ing din­ing room serv­ing whole ro­tis­serie chick­ens and suck­ling pigs to feed 10 peo­ple. At Sixty6 they ob­vi­ously be­lieve if it’s not broke and all that… so ever since they’ve been plat­ing up hearty fare such as mixed seafood grills, burg­ers, steaks, sal­ads and roast­ing just about any an­i­mal they can get their hands on. They do good Here­ford fil­let steaks (¤32.90 with pota­toes, spinach, mush­rooms and pep­per­corn sauce) and huge, fluffy build­ing block chips. Keep an eye out for their deals, which fre­quently mean you can eat for half price. A good spot for groups


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 and in­clude salt-baked beet­root with goats cheese, poached eggs and wild mush­rooms and wild asparagus omelette with al­monds and Cashel Blue.


18 Mer­rion Row, Dublin 2, 01 678 8872 info@etto.ie ¤¤ Barely a year old, Etto has al­ready earned enough ac­co­lades to snap at Michael Phelps’ heels - most re­cently a Miche­lin Bib Gour­mand. When they opened up last year, the trio of friends be­hind this lit­tle eatery lured us in with their pork belly and smoked eel cro­quettes and prosecco on tap. They’ve been wow­ing din­ers ever since with an ev­ery chang­ing Ital­ian-in­spired menu of small (from ¤10) and large plates (from about ¤19), rang­ing from the sweet­est char­grilled baby leeks to nduja - this year’s chorizo - served with mus­sels and sam­phire. Larger dishes in­clude feath­erblade steak, and pump­kin and ri­cotta ravi­oli. They’re big fans of po­lenta and lardo, and that’s just fine by us. The lengthy wine list of­fers a chance to break away from the usu­als, in­clud­ing a rich ruby Aus­trian Blaufränkisch.


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.


6 Eus­tace Street, Tem­ple Bar, Dublin 2. 01 679 5744 € A good spot to feed your body be­fore feed­ing your mind at the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute in Tem­ple Bar. Serv­ing lunch and din­ner daily from 12.30 (and brunch on Sun­days from 12-4) the IFI café of­fers a good range of sand­wiches, burg­ers, sal­ads and stews - most com­ing in un­der a ten­ner. It also has loads of desserts, a small wine list and a grow­ing num­ber of craft beers. They also run events to coin­cide with the films be­ing shown on the three screens, so on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 22nd you can watch Geron Wet­zel’s doc­u­men­tary El Bulli: Cook­ing in Progress, and follow it up with a meal in the café af­ter­wards (tick­ets €20)O.r the Hor­rorthon menu, which runs from Oct 23rd - 27th has zom­bie cock­tails, and food spe­cials for peo­ple com­ing to the Hal­lowe’en themed hor­ror flicks.


28-29 Nas­sau Street, Dublin 2, 01 633 6872, kc­peaches.com ¤ What’s that? You’d like a plate of lasagne with some cur­ried beef, tab­bouleh salad, roast pota­toes, creamed spinach and rice? And you’d like to follow it with a cookie the size of your head? Well you’ve come to the right place. KC Peaches’ buf­fet-style cafes do de­cent food, fast. You pay ac­cord­ing to your plate (or take-away box) size, and you’re free to load it with any­thing from the dozen or so hot dishes, plus a var­ied, healthy salad bar. With small hot plates start­ing at ¤4.80 your lunchtime en­ter­tain­ment is pro­vided by Trin­ity stu­dents from across the road who en­ter into a Jenga-style plate filling com­pe­ti­tions (and the be­wil­dered tourists watch­ing them). You can also get tasty made-to-or­der sand­wiches and sal­ads and ex­cel­lent baked goods. There are four KC Peaches out­lets in Dublin now, but the Nas­sau Street branch re­mains the best for lunch.


15 Capel Street, Dublin 1 01-532 80 68, musashidublin.com Unit 2, Bur­ton Hall, Cus­tom house Square, Mayor St Dublin 1 01-55573 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.


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


17 Cam­den St Lower, Dublin 2, 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)


Sci­ence Gallery, Naughton In­sti­tute, Pearse Street, Trin­ity

Col­lege, Dublin 2, 01 896 4091, sci­ence­gallery.com ¤ An ex­cel­lent pick 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.


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…


7 Pool­beg Street, Dublin 2, 01-6798705, thev­in­tagek­itchen.ie ¤ Yet another tiny restau­rant that it’s nigh-on im­pos­si­ble to get a ta­ble in, but when you do see what the fuss is about. Some of the best value cook­ing around, the lunchtime small and large plates cost just ¤5 and ¤10 but many of the “small” plates are full meals in them­selves. There’ll be no af­ter­noon sl ump with the spiced seafood chow­der or the risotto of pancetta, pea, chili & pars­ley. At night, the menu comes at ¤25 for two cour­ses, again great value. They have house wine by the glass or you can BYOB, and you can bring your own vinyl to play on their record player. Groovy


42 Or­mond Quay Lower, Dublin 1, Ire­land 01 828 0835, the­wool­len­mills.com ¤ Call­ing it­self an “eat­ing house” was right on the money, be­cause you’ll over-or­der here and still lick the plates clean. In a well-re­stored old mill build­ing with great views of the Ha’apenny Bridge, we hope the out­door ter­race re­mains as hos­pitable in win­ter. The cur­ried crab claws with sam­phire (¤16) are de­li­cious and the ham hock, baby potato, black pud­ding and poached egg is a steal for ¤14. Make sure you try the house pick­les (¤3).


7 Cas­tle House, South Great Ge­orges Street, Dublin 2, 777.ie ¤¤ We’ve known this place to be called 666, so dev­il­ishly strong are its mar­gar­i­tas, but if you fo­cus on the food, and stick to the spe­cials (Taco Tues­day: two taquitos for ¤4; on Sun­days, dishes cost ¤7.77), this is one of Dublin’s bet­ter Mex­i­can restau­rants. Try the soft shell crab taquitos, yel­lowfin tuna ce­viche and Mex­i­can-style sweet­corn, served with cheese, pasilla chillies, salt and lime. And go on, maybe one of those mar­gar­i­tas… just one mind.

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