Three to try... From med to Middle East
76 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 561-3745 mykonosdublin.com
Colourful murals of fishing ports in Mykonos, with blue sea and skies, immediately put you in good form in this buzzing, city-centre Greek taverna. They offer an extensive menu with a great range of mezedes, salads, traditional Greek stews, grills and seafood, as well as homemade pies, plus savoury and sweet pastries
Try: Mezze scallops with tomato sauce, feta and kefalotyri (sheep’s or goat’s) cheese, €9
Drinks: Wine, beer, spirits
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 407-0770 silkroadkitchen.ie
Abraham Phelan’s long-standing cafe offers a great range of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food, with a selection of 12 dishes that changes daily. The Silk Road is vegetarian and coeliac friendly, and has a superb cookery school in Kimmage, where you can learn how to make your own falafel, fattoush, shawarma, or Persian love cakes
Price: Mains €10.50-€12.20.
Try: Lamb tagine with figs, €11.80 Drinks: Craft beer, wine
31 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
Tel: (01) 475-9969 rotanacafe.ie
From mezze to manakeesh — Lebanese pizza — chargrilled meats to traditional stews, the colourful and atmospheric Rotana Lebanese cafe and restaurant has probably the widest range of Middle Eastern food in the city. You might like to try smoking the traditional shisha (flavoured-tobacco water pipe), on the terrace
Price: Mains €11.90-€17.90
Try: Maklouba chicken with aubergine, €15.90
Drinks: Soft drinks, or BYOB