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A Foodie’s Guide to Dublin

If you're considering traveling or moving to Dublin, one thing to keep in mind is the food. Contrary to popular belief, eating and drinking in Dublin doesn’t need to break the bank. It’s all about knowing where to head for - essential if you’re going to be living and working in the emerald city for a time. For every chic fusion eatery in the city centre, there’s a straight-up pie and pint establishment just around the corner. We heartily recommend that you try a bit of both while you’re in Dublin. Got your own tips on where to get a plateful in Dublin? Leave your comments below – thanks!

Lock’s Brasserie £££

1 Windsor Terrace Portobello Dublin 8, Ireland +353 1 420 0555 locksbrasserie.com

Dublin’s most modest Michelin star resides in this pretty restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal. Serving up the freshest in both French and Irish produce, Head Chef Keelan Higgs orchestrates a heavenly menu divided equally between meat and fish. You’ll find Lock’s in the trendy Portobello area of Dublin, five minutes by taxi from the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar. Try and get a window table, then enjoy the leafy calm as you watch the swans drift past. Bliss.

Fallon and Byrne ££

11-17 Exchequer St Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 472 1010 fallonandbyrne.com

A bit of a Dublin institution, Fallon and Byrne is a delectable food emporium and wine cellar for everything from cheese to pastries, jars of lovely condiments and aisle upon aisle of colourful organic produce. You can also book for a proper sit-down lunch or dinner at the upstairs restaurant lunch, or just grab a sandwich to take away – they’re pretty awesome. Try the epic charcuterie board if you’re staying in to dine, and the club sandwich if you’re eating on the go. Yum yum yum.

Bangers and mash at Porterhouse £

16-18 Parliament St, Dublin 2, Ireland +353 1 679 8847 porterhousebrewco.com

This picture-postcard microbrewery in Temple Bar also does superb comfort food of the Irish variety, and they’re also the largest independent brewery in Ireland. Towering over three ramshackle storeys in the famous Temple Bar area of the city, the décor at Porterhouse is typically flowery and eclectic, and you can enjoy a reasonably-priced stew or plate of bangers and mash with your pint of brewed-on-the-premises stout. We love the Oyster Stout in particular; it’s brewed using real oysters.

Lunch on the go at Wok Inn £

45 Lower Stephen Street, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin has loads of cheap noodle bars (and pizzerias, for that matter) for a quick takeaway meal you can grab on your lunch break, and one of the best value places to try is Wok Inn. Meal deals reign supreme here, and as little as €7.25 will get you a bowl of Thai noodles or a good curry, a satay skewer, a chicken wing and a can of something to drink. They also do deliveries, so Wok Inn might just save the day on your first weekend settling in. Also known, confusingly, as Wak Inn.

  • On the menu at Wok Inn
  • €5 for with beef or chicken noodles
  • €5 for Thai beef or chicken curry with rice
  • €4.50 for Thai vegetable curry or noodles
  • €5.50 for prawn curry with noodles
  • €2.50 for spring rolls