Located south of the River Liffey, Dublin 2 is a bustling, buzzing district in Ireland’s capital. Encompassing the popular areas of Temple Bar, Dame Street, Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 is a thriving hub of cultural activities. This southern microcosm is home to a number of critically acclaimed and noteworthy restaurants, from tasty tapas bars to the establishments boasting the finest French cuisine. We take a look at the top ten restaurants in this trendy neighborhood.
Serving French cuisine with a modern twist is the Pearl Brasserie. This restaurant opened its doors in 2000 and it has since become a favorite among critics and diners alike, having been awarded a number of accolades. Dishes on their menus can include lamb shoulder fritters with spiced aubergine, mint yogurt and cucumber, or roast venison with crèpes, polenta, sherry and cauliflower. These delicious plates can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s intimate nooks and dining areas, accompanied by friendly and attentive service. The Pearl Brasserie is a food haven which, coupled with an extensive wine menu, makes this restaurant an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of Dublin city.
Run by the organisation called Bodytonic, The Bernard Shaw Café burst onto Dublin’s culinary and nightlife scene in 2006 and has made a lasting impression. Unlike anywhere else in Dublin, The Bernard Shaw brings an exciting buzz and trendiness similar to that of London’s Shoreditch to Ireland’s capital. The Bernard Shaw comprises of an Italian cafe, the famous Big Blue Bus pizza kitchen and a large beer garden. For a relatively small venue, The Bernard Shaw offers a lot. Serving all the daily meals, this eclectic space is always busy with regular and new visitors. Music is Bodytonic’s first love and The Bernard Shaw offers weekly late nights, playing a range of musical genres to suit everyone’s taste. For appetizing pizza and ambient sounds, it is hard to beat The Bernard Shaw.
Dada Moroccan Restaurant
Bringing the tastes of Northern Africa and Andalusia to Ireland is a relatively new addition to Dublin 2’s culinary scene, Dada Moroccan Restaurant. This restaurant aims to bring diners a unique and authentic dining experience, and these efforts extend not only to the menu, but also to the decor. Noteworthy plates include their range of tagines and couscous dishes, and can be finished off perfectly with a cup of mint tea, expertly poured by the serving staff. Food can be enjoyed in the main dining area of the restaurant, or on the cozy terrace. An unusual aspect to the restaurant is that diners can bring their own wine to accompany their meal. For an interesting and memorable night, this exotic haunt should not be missed.
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