There are three branches of Gourmet Burger Kitchen in center city Dublin, offshoots of a chain that started up in London some years back. They feature burgers in beef, chicken, lamb and veggie versions, offer a “bunless” burger (you get slaw and a green salad […]
This little three-restaurant Dublin group is one of the mainstays of local Japanese eating, having grown from a single restaurant in Great Georges Street. All three branches are good in different ways.
Yamamori South City is the original location on the west side of Great Georges Street (accessible with a step up from street level). Izakaya (also accessible, straight in from street level with a slight ramp up) is officially a sake bar but also has a large selection of sushi and other Japanese dishes. (It also has a downstairs bar, not accessible, down a flight of stairs from the street: the emphasis down there is on sake, and classic Japanese films are projected against the back wall.) The third branch, Yamamori North City, is across the Liffey on the Quays.
We’ve eaten repeatedly at the south-of-the-Liffey branches, and like both of them for different reasons: but our favorite is probably Izakaya, judging merely by how often we’ve been there in the last couple of years. It’s a comfortable restaurant with both out-in-the-open tables and booths, as well as a large bar that serves both for drinking and as a place to eat sushi or whatever. (This feature is a welcome leftover from the venue’s previous incarnation as a Belle-Epoquish French bistro.)
The sushi here is dependably good. This is also a pleasant place to snack while working on the computer: DD has often holed up here for writing purposes when in town and/or waiting for Peter to finish up with some other business. The staff are friendly and helpful even when they’re not used to seeing you.
Addresses: Yamamori South City:
Yamamori North City:
Website for all three: yamamori.ie
Closest Luas for Yamamori North City: Jervis
Closest Luas for Yamamori South City and Izakaya: Trinity
For some years now this has been Dublin’s premier high-end food hall, worthy of a visit just for the pleasures of investigating its retail end. Groceries from Ireland and far afield can be found here. (There’s also a small North American food section where you can once again be shocked by how much people are willing to pay for a box of US cereal if they don’t want to deal with the shipping costs.)
Off to one side is a counter with sandwiches and dishes-to-go, featuring some terrific offerings. there are also a few tables where (if you’re lucky enough to score one) you can sit down and eat what you’ve just bought.
Downstairs from the retail space is a genuinely superlative wine bar where you can sit, surrounded by wall-mounted wine bins and Victorian iron pillars, and snack while testing a super selection of wines by the glass.
Upstairs is a more formal restaurant with a varied menu showcasing Irish-sourced food with European influences. If you want to eat here you’ll need to book ahead, as tables are routinely much in demand.
We haven’t done the upstairs restaurant but we’ve eaten numerous times at both the take-away area and the wine bar, and can recommend them unreservedly.
Accessibility: Retail level: At street level, no steps. Stairs up to the restaurant: stairs down to the wine bar. Need to check whether there’s a lift up/down.
Nearest Luas: Trinity / Dawson
This is simply some of the best Asian food of any kind in center city Dublin, and without question the best Nepalese. We recommend it very highly.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit that when we’ve been there in the last few years we’ve completely forgotten to take pictures because we’ve been too busy eating. If we have time to rectify this before the convention, we’ll do so. But the fact itself is kind of a positive indicator.
The menu is a happy mixture of old standbys and dishes that are less expected (and no less wonderful.) All the rotis and breads are terrific. As regards main dishes, DD very much favors the tandoori butter chicken: PM is fond of the lamb Gorkhali and the chana chole. The wine list here is good, if you feel inclined to break over from the widespread tendency to reach for beer first.
Address: 28 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 WP30
Nearest Luas: Trinity
Accessibility: Two steps up into the main restaurant. When we were last in, the restrooms were down a switchback flight of stairs and there was no alternative access. We’ll check into this before the con.