Three to try... From med to Mid­dle East

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MYKONOS

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

Price: €13-€27

Try: Mezze scal­lops with tomato sauce, feta and ke­falo­tyri (sheep’s or goat’s) cheese, €9

Drinks: Wine, beer, spir­its

SILK ROAD

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

ROTANA

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

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