The growing Dublin food scene

When you think of fine dining establishments and top class restaurants, cities like Tokyo, Paris, New York, London and Barcelona are often top of the list.  These are gastro powerhouses and often setting the trends that many chefs around the world are following.  Ireland has long been a country where their reputation with food often involved the humble potato, a staple part of many an Irish household.

In recent years there has been a real explosion of quality in the Irish food scene, driven mainly by Dublin but supported by areas like Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny and Galway.  With 5 Michelin starred restaurants including Ireland’s only 2 star Michelin restaurant (Restaurant Patrick Guilbard), Dublin has been central to the recent boom in Ireland’s food industry.

Dublin food markets

Belfast has St. George’s Market, Cork has The English Market and Limerick has The Milk Market but Dublin has food markets spread all over the city and indeed the county, promoting all the good work local food producers are doing.  Popular food markets to check out for food lovers planning a short break to Dublin include Newmarket Farmers Market, the Irish Farmers Market and the Temple Bar Food Market.  You can find out more about these markets here.

Popular City Centre Restaurants

When it comes to finding somewhere to eat in Dublin City Centre there really is no shortage of choice.  Dawson Street, Grafton Street, O’Connell Street, Baggot Street, Merrion Square and the Temple Bar area are all home to restaurants that tailor for all tastes and budgets.  You won’t have too far to walk in Dublin City Centre to find something you fancy.  One restaurant worth venturing to is The Green Hen in the popular Exchequer Street in the city centre.

A Michelin Dining Experience in Dublin

As mentioned already, Dublin has five Michelin starred restaurants but don’t be surprised if this number doubles in the coming years.  There are 3 one star restaurants in the city centre with another located just outside the city in the popular seaside town of Malahide.  Thornton’s in the Fitzwilliam Hotel at St Stephen’s Green, Chapter One at The Dublin Writer’s Museum and L’Ecrivain on Lower Baggot Street all continue to put Dublin all the culinary map.

The ultimate Michelin dining experience in Dublin though is with Restaurant Patrick Guilbard on Upper Merrion Street.  Located next to the beautiful 5 star Merrion Hotel, Restaurant Patrick Guilbard fuses classic French cooking with contemporary Irish dishes, a real treat for diners.  If you want to really indulge yourself, the 8 course degustation menu will set you back €185.

If you want a Michelin dining experience that’s a little different in Dublin then get yourself out to Malahide and Bon Appetit.  This one star restaurant is set in wonderful Georgian surroundings and offers classical dishes at an affordable price.  With a range of early bird offers during the week, a popular tapas bar and the ever popular afternoon tea, Bon Appetit really has got something to suit all taste buds.  When you’re finished your meal, a quick walk along the stunning Malahide Marina will bring the perfect ending to your day.

Main image courtesy of Tourism Ireland

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