WORLD ON YOUR PLATE
Shredded Crispy Chicken, Screwpine Cakes, Jollof Rice and Lamb Kleftiko are all on the menu as intrepid culinary explorer STUART CLARK rounds up some of Ireland’s best ethnic eats!
ATHLONE KIN KHAO
1 Abbey Lane, Athlone Tel: (090) 649 8805 kinkhaothai.ie
The Slow Cooked Tae Po Lamb Shank is our go-to dish in this award-winning Thai eatery, which also strays over the border to Laos and Burma with its aromatic delights. There’s another branch in Maynooth.
BELFAST CUBAN SANDWICH FACTORY
29 Queens Arcade, Belfast
Tel: (07584) 043 195 facebook.com/cubansandwichfactorybelfast
While still to be found every weekend at St. George’s Market, Jose, Marco and Carlos have taken up permanent residence in the equally historic Queen’s Arcade where Shredded Chilli Beef, Grilled BBQ Chicken and Marinated Roast Pork are among the irresistible llings.
8 Times Square, Ballincollig, Cork Tel: (021) 487 7178 kanokthai.net
The Prawn Panang Curry steals the honours in this superior Thai, which helpfully lets you know that this aromatic mix of spices, herbs and lime leaves is a mere 290 calories a portion. Their impressive selection of Asian beers seals the deal.
Tel: (087) 640 9079, facebook.com/iyerscafe
Beatroot & Peanut Tikka Chat and Sambar Masala Dosa are among the Southern Indian veggie treats magicked up by Gautham Iyer in his Leeside café. His samosas are by far the best we’ve tasted.
M&L 13 Cathedral Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 874 8038 mlchineserestaurant.com
There’s lots of very good competition, but M&L gets the Hot Press ‘Best Chinese in Dublin’ vote by dint of its Shredded Crispy Chicken served Bird Nest-style. When they say booking is essential, they mean it. Their Cathedral Street neighbours include The Vintage Teapot, an Oriental tea, coffee and cake emporium that also hosts musical events. EL GRITO
20 Mountjoy Square East, Mountjoy, Dublin 1
The Pork Gringa with extremely hot sauce is one of the reasons why you’ll have to queue at this hole in the wall taqueria, which is all Mex and no Tex. GOLD RIBBON
31 Dorset Street Lower, Mountjoy, Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 704 0033 facebook.com/goldribboncakescakes
Located next-door to an equally excellent Romanian deli, this Filipino bakery does a roaring trade in Screwpine Cakes, Mango Sponge and Pandesal Salt Bread, a savoury breakfast treat we’ve become addicted to. HIS FOOD CHARCOAL GRILL
58 Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (086) 608 6772 facebook.com/hisfoodcharcoalgrill
The lled Burek pastries, both meaty and cheesy, are the star performers in this home away from home Bosnian restaurant.
Their subterranean Moore Street Mall neighbours include Uncle’s (unclespolishcatering.ie) who do a mean Fried Pork Ribs with Gravy; O Sabor Nordestino, which proudly ies the Brazilian ag on the Northside; Netedo’s whose jollof rice, fried chicken and pounded yam are available as part of its eat as much as you like €6.99 Afro-Caribbean Buffet; and IndianMalay fusion joint Lasani, which also lets you graze at your leisure for the same price. SAMPA FOODS
515A, North Circular Road, Dublin 1 Tel: (01) 481 9362 sampa.ie
Tear-shaped Chicken Coxinhas, outsize Beirut Sandwiches packed with smoked sausage and sweet and savoury Es has, a Latin take on pizza, vie for attention in this welcoming Brazilian diner. MYKONOS
76 Dame Street, Dublin 2 Tel: (01) 561 3745 mykonosdublin.com
The mezzedes small plates – make sure to sample the Fresh Mussels and Cabbage Leaf Dolmades – and a slow-cooked Lamb Kleftiko bursting with sunkissed Mediterranean avour ensure that we keep coming back to this classic Greek taverna. The last time we were in there was live music and a big party of Greeks indulging in a spot of plate smashing!
CAPITAL TURKISH KEBAB BAR Eglington Street, Galway capitalkebab.com
Team Hot Press cried big briny tears of joy when we sampled our rst Lamb Shish in this late night haunt, which charcoal grills everything to Istanbul-style perfection JIANBING
6 Quay Street, Galway (091) 568 962 jalanjalan.ie
‘Authentic Chinese crepes’ sounds like a foodie oxymoron but, nope, they’ve been making them in Shandong province for the past 2,000 years. Made with corn, mung bean, rye and black and white sesame seeds, your Bing can be lled with everything from Peking Duck and Stewed Chicken to Strawberry & Banana and Lemon & Sugar. Washed down with a Bubble Tea, they’re topnotch snacking fare.
ALGARVE GRILL Hebron Road, Kilkenny
Tel: (083) 403 3609 facebook.com/algarvegrill
Discovered by the Best Of Ireland a few years ago when we went to see Bruce Springsteen in nearby Nowlan Park – what a gig! – the Piri Piri Chicken, Cod Cakes and Suckling
Pig Rissoles in this Portuguese joint are awesome.
MOGUL EMPEROR 1 Henry Street, Limerick Tel: (061) 419 499 mogulemperor.com
Whilst unlikely to win any interior design awards, the Duck Jalfrezi and house special Pomfret Masala con rm this as one of the best traditional curry houses in the country.