Dublin has plethora of traditional pubs and food shops. Whether you are visiting the Manor Street or L. Mulligan Grocer in north Dublin, you will find this part of the city filled with many such pubs and eateries. You will be surprised to know that the gastro pub movement, which started across the Irish Sea in London, continued to hold for a long time in the Irish capital city of Dublin. In fact, the L. Mulligan Grocer was a part of this movement and opened in 2010. It was among the first gastro pubs to be opened in the city. Presently, Dublin is home to a large number of gastro pubs, which also happen to serve the most delicious food in the city.
Apart from gastro pubs, there’s much more that has in fact stirred up the dining scene in this magnificent city. The tourists visiting the city are offered with varied eating options, which include upscale bistros and many new restaurants. Let us take a look at some of the new restaurants in the city which opened in the past few years and know about their delectable offerings.
Fade Street Social
The Fade Street Social is situated on the 6 Fade Street. It was founded in late 2012 by Dylan McGrath, who was a judge on the Irish version of popular cooking show “Masterchef”. The opening of this restaurant added zeal to the Dublin dining landscape. Fade Street Social in fact appears less of a restaurant, but more of a culinary complex. It is spread in a huge area of 8,000-square-foot and is located right in the center of the town. It houses a restaurant, a gastro bar and a winter garden. The customers here are offered a wide choice of delicacies such as cured salmon with truffle honey, peanut brittle, pork belly, scallop carpaccio and beef tongue, cabbage soup with white pudding, duck liver mousse, lamb stew, and potato mousse and dollops of cream. Seeing the chefs working in an open kitchen with roaring brick oven fire being overlooked from a subterranean dining room is a fascinating sight indeed and accentuates your hunger pangs on seeing the mouthwatering cuisines. The restaurant is though expensive, and you will be required to spend nearly 75 Euros for a dinner of two, and that too without any tips or drinks.
Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen
The Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen is a casual restaurant comprising of only two rooms and exclusively devoted to lunch. It is situated in the basement of the enchanting Little Museum of Dublin on the St. Stephen’s Green. The visitors are mostly served charcuterie boards, Irish cheese and salads, as well as a few rotating entrees. The big draw however is the wide selection of sandwiches prepared with blaa, specially procured daily from Waterford. In fact, blaa is a bread roll introduced by Huguenot immigrants during the 17th century in the town of Waterford, which is nearly 100 miles south of Dublin. The blaa is special to Waterford only. This specialty was also granted the Protected Geographical Indication status by the European Union. People visit the Hatch & Sons Irish Kitchen not only to savor the delicious crispy and flaky blaa, but also see the three-floor museum dedicated to Dublin’s 20th century history.
The Hot Stove
The Hot Stove is situated in the Parnell Square, on Dublin’s north side. This area has also been home to ‘Chapter One’, one of the best restaurants in Ireland since 1992, located inside the Dublin Writers’ Museum. Despite holding a Michelin star since 2007, Chapter One hasn’t been able to create a flourishing dining scene in Parnell Square. The Hot Stove is a latest entrant in the area and is expected to change the dining scene quite remarkably. This elegant restaurant is owned by Chef Joy Beattie and located in the basement of a Georgian townhouse. The menu is elaborate and includes oxtail Wellington starter, Irish chestnut mushrooms, chowder, filled with chunks of salmon and mussels, pork dishes comprising of belly and loin, and extra-crispy duck fat fries, among others.
Brasserie at the Marker Hotel
The Brasserie at the Marker Hotel is situated at the Grand Canal Square. This restaurant within the stylish Marker Hotel calls itself as “contemporary Irish”. The celebrated Chef Gareth Mullins is renowned for his exquisite Irish cuisines. The highly delicious cuisines worth relishing here include black pudding croquettes, beetroot soup prepared with spinach ricotta balls and caramelized onions, and lamb fillet served along with eggplant purée.