Dining in Dublin

The ingestion of food is imperative for human survival. Why not enjoy it?

Nothing makes me quite as hungry as Instagrams of food. Look no further than @breadandbones. Their photos will have you hopping on the next bus to get your fix of Bao, beers, broths and Banh-mi. They recently housed a one day pop-up of the infamous In-N-Out Burger which is likely to go down in history.

Next up is a personal favourite: Fade Street Social. Choose between the restaurant, tapas bar or the rooftop winter garden, none of which will disappoint. Their food and drinks are presented like artwork. Perfect for your daily Instagram snap. Try their flatbreads for dinner or Eggs Benedict for breakfast and thank me later.

On the topic of breakfast, our next stop is the Brick Alley Café in Temple Bar. Well known for their 40 varieties of hot chocolate, this place will make your hot beverage dreams come true. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day after all.

Cross the cobbled street to Elephant and Castle for your chicken wing fix. Some say they serve the best in Dublin, and they’re not wrong.

While in terms of burgers, Dublin has plenty to offer. Bunsen, Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Bóbó’s are all up there as some of the best but the winner in my eyes is Joburger. Wash down your burger of choice with their sparkling mint and lime non alcoholic mojito.

Joburger’s lovechild is Crackbird! Known as Laura Whitmore and Millie Macintosh’s favourite chicken house in Dublin, it’s like Nandos, but cool. Check out their chicken curry cup and potato croquettes with a side of chermoula for a snack or go the whole hog with some guaranteed Irish farm fresh chicken. It’s finger licking good.

If you’re in the mood for treating yourself, a loved one or a randomer you met on Tinder; take them to Rustic Stone. Owned by the same genius behind Fade Street Social, Dylan McGrath, this place provides the ultimate dining experience.

Last but most definitely not least is Neon. I discovered this place last winter and fell head over heels in love. Ditch your mingin’ 3-in-1 and check it out.

In the words of George Bernard Shaw: “There is no love sincerer than the love of food”. I would have to agree.

Alana Laverty

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