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!

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1 Abbey Lane, Athlone Tel: (090) 649 8805 kinkhaotha­

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.


29 Queens Ar­cade, Belfast

Tel: (07584) 043 195­wich­fac­to­ry­belfast

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 kanok­

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,­er­scafe

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 mlchi­ne­ser­estau­

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 0033­bon­cakescakes

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 6772­food­char­coal­grill

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 (un­cle­spol­ish­ca­ter­ 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

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 mykonos­

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 cap­italke­

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 jalan­

‘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 3609­gar­ve­g­rill

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 mogulem­

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.


El Grito

Sampa Foods

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