Fine Dining on a Student Budget

Zainab Boladale

Fine dining can be difficult on a student budget, writer Zainab Boladale has found some delicious dining experiences in Dublin that will not leave you penniless.

Eating well and in luxury does not have to break the bank every time. The next time you want to treat yourself to a sit-down meal you will enjoy every minute of, why not try these suggested restaurants which I have verified as being of a high standard.


This Nepalese and Indian restaurant is situated on Dame street and is home to one of the most delicious authentic curries Dublin has to offer. For quality service, I would recommend going during the afternoon as it is less busy and you will be greeted by smiling cheerful staff and bright open spaced interior. Another benefit of going early is that you can avail of the set lunch menu before 5 pm and this menu allows you to get a starter and a main with tea or coffee for €10. The same would cost you €20 after 5 pm. The most popular dish this place is known for is their Madras and Korma.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen:

If you are a fan of a big juicy burger with all the works served at a reasonable price, then this is the place for you. With three locations in the city centre and one in Swords, you will have no problem finding a GBK close to you. From 12 pm – 5 pm a burger and a refillable drink cost €5.95. The downside, however, is how busy GBK can get. This means you could walk in on a manic atmosphere but seating is rarely a problem.

Brasserie Sixty6:

If you are already familiar with this Brasserie Sixty6 then you will know that this is the most expensive place on this list. One dish could cost you up to €15/€20 and while there is not a student meal deal, there is, however, a set lunch menu that is capped at €10 per dish.

There is also another way to pay less and get more and this is by visiting the Groupon. Brasserie Sixty6 have set dishes available for 2 people for less than €25 but, all you have to do is make a reservation and pay using your Groupon voucher. The warm enclosed ambiance makes it an ideal date spot and it is also worth mentioning that this is home to one of the best-herbed mash potato, cream sauce and chicken wings Dublin city has to offer!

The Mongolian BBQ:

This is a serve yourself buffet style restaurant, it is very different in its experiences as all the ingredients for your favourite noodle dish is made available and you combine it with the meat, spices and sauce of your choice. You then bring it to the chef who cooks your dish right in front of you and serves it up in a bowl. It is a fun way to eat out and the restaurant claims to be very health conscious hence why they offer 14 vegetable choices and use as little oil as possible while cooking on the hot plate styled grill. This unique place resides in the heart of temple bar. While they have student offers that change regularly, one lunch bowl here is priced at €6.90 or you can opt for an endless refill of your bowl for €13.90.

Zainab Boladale