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Discounts for Dublin 2019 Members: Porterhouse Central / Porterhouse Temple Bar /

Discounts for Dublin 2019 Members: Porterhouse Central / Porterhouse Temple Bar /

There are establishments in Dublin that we’ve spent a whole lot of time in over the years, and for the last year or so we’ve been in discussions with them about giving discounts to Dublin 2019 badge-wearers. So here are the details! (With disclosure: no […]

Discounts for Dublin 2019 Members: Gotham Cafe

Discounts for Dublin 2019 Members: Gotham Cafe

There are establishments in Dublin that we’ve spent a whole lot of time in over the years, and for the last year or so we’ve been in discussions with them about giving discounts to Dublin 2019 badge-wearers. So here are the details! (With disclosure: no […]

Michael’s Mount Merrion

Michael’s Mount Merrion

We were deeply, deeply conflicted about making this entry public, due to that old familiar concern: if we tell people where Michael’s is, we won’t be able to get a table. But eventually common sense prevailed. We live here. We’ll get in again eventually, even though it’s well outside our usual stomping grounds. And if you’re a lover of seafood in particular, Michael’s is a place you should experience if you can: it’s extraordinary. The setting is both intimate and casual, and the food… wow.

We visited here last year after having watched the first really big wave of buzz about this place crest and break over the Irish food scene. Our visit confirmed everything we’d heard, and more. DD is a big seafood fan—having grown up on Long Island and cut her culinary teeth on many visits to New York’s far-famed Oyster Bar—and arrived ready to be blown away. Michael’s didn’t disappoint. The seafood plate she ordered (which you can see above: crab, lobster, Dublin Bay prawns, etc etc) suggested clearly what the general attitude is here: Have some really nice fish or shellfish or seafood. Have some more. Locally sourced from fishermen with whom the restaurant has a personal relationship, everything served is just in off the boat that morning: everything’s beautifully prepared, cooked with genius.

Gaz cooks (with assistance these days) and runs the joint with panache. (And tweets food highlights every day, which is sometimes hilarious and sometimes utter torment if you know there’s no chance you can get there for lunch). Wines are terrific, overseen by his affable and hyper-knowledgeable colleague Talha Pasha. Also, it’s not just about the fish here: great steaks and other treats beloved of the carnivorous fraternity come in from high-end butchers in the area. And there’s homemade pasta too.

Also up for mention here, since it’s so close, is Michael’s new sibling restaurant Little Mike’s— a couple of doors down in the same block in Mount Merrion. At Little Mike’s they’re doing “small plates” and wines (apparently being served in Sooper Special Amazingly Flavor-Enhancing Wine Glasses that are seriously too expensive to break). We haven’t been there, but intend to get in next week if we possibly can. Even though we haven’t been there, bearing in mind the reactions of the Irish food media, we have no reason to suspect that anything at Little Mike’s is less superlative than at Michael’s.

This is the only out-of-center-city-Dublin restaurant mentioned in this guide. It will require a cab ride or a designated driver: the closest you can get to it via public transport would be the DART station at Booterstown or a bus to near the Talbot Hotel on the N11 main north-south road. (And I don’t know that either of us would be all that excited about the walk up the hill from the bus stop, even though the view toward the Irish Sea is super.) But if I was coming in from out of country and I knew this place [these places, now…] existed, I’d want to at least try to get there. Check out the menus. If you do get up to Mount Merrion, we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

NB: if you’re interested, call ahead to book, as both these restaurants are in considerable demand.

Address: 57 Deerpark Rd, Mount Merrion, Mt Merrion, Co. Dublin

Phone: (01) 278 0377

Websites: Michael’s / Little Mike’s

Quick link to Michael’s a la carte menu

Quick link to Little Mike’s menu

Accessibility: straight in off the street. Also, outside seating at Michael’s.

 

 

 

The Silver Penny

The Silver Penny

In a city (and country) where pubs, and good pubs, are considered a vital part of the social infrastructure, you can often hear people getting snippy about the encroachment of chains into an area where individuality is seen as a virtue. So it’s probably no […]

Xi’an Street Food

Xi’an Street Food

Just a fabulous place and a wonderful addition to the restaurants on South Anne Street. (It’s right across the street from Gotham Cafe and next to the French mainstay Le Cave.) We’ve been missing the presence of a favorite Chinese place in center city Dublin, […]

Spar Dame Street

Spar Dame Street

The Irish Spar stores (for those visitors not already familiar with them) are associates of the world’s largest grocery and convenience store chain. They’re scattered all over Ireland and there are many in Dublin.

This particular Spar, though, is a standout due to being open 24/7. The only time we can remember it closing or even shuttering itself a bit was when Hurricane Ophelia came through, because it doesn’t have a solid front door — just an air curtain — and the storm was chucking a lot of water into the interior. But that kind of weather shows no sign of making an appearance during Worldcon, thank Ghu.

So if you’re dying for something to eat or drink in the middle of the night, this is the place for you. There’s a branch of Insomnia Coffee Company in here, as well as a good selection of snack foods and drinks, ready-made sandwiches, and so forth. There are also ample seating areas (the front one being particularly good for people-watching on Dame Street). See the pics below.

Address:  19-20 Dame St, Dublin 2

Phone: (01) 633 9070

Website: https://www.spar.ie/

Nearest Luas: Trinity

Accessibility: Good: slight ramp up to front door

Forno 500°

Forno 500°

To start with: neither of us can think of a single Italian or Italianate restaurant in Dublin where we’ve heard so many people speaking Italian. And not just the staff; we’re talking about the customers. This has to mean something. Forno 500° opened up about […]

The Cedar Tree

The Cedar Tree

They opened on this site in 1986, just before we got here, and are still doing what they were doing when arrived: making all kinds of absolutely brilliant Lebanese food. In 1986 Dublin, Middle Eastern food of any kind whatsoever was thin on the ground… […]

The Bank on College Green

The Bank on College Green

Once upon a time this was the Dublin branch of the (now extinct) Belfast Bank, which was plainly doing well for itself to judge by the interior — ornate mosaic-and-tile floors and stained glass ceiling, incredible plasterwork, the whole nine yards. Now this space has become a pub favored by locals who don’t mind spending more than usual for drinks and/or enjoying some high-end food that could be called “pub grub” only by stretching the normal understanding of the phrase way out of shape.

It’s genuinely a “come for the beautifully preserved fin-de-siècle-ish architecture, stay for a pint” kind of place. We’re in here on the average once or twice a year, and have noticed a general trend upward in the quality of the food. It’s nice to have had this opinion validated by The Bank being awarded the 2017 Best Food In Pub award by the Irish Licensed Vintners Association.

Definitely worth a stop if you’ve got the time and the inclination. Note please that it can get very busy on weekday evenings, especially Friday evenings, when people are getting out of work and having a pint and a bite to eat before going home.

Address: 20-22 College Green, Dublin, D02 C868

Phone: (01) 677 0677

Website: https://www.bankoncollegegreen.com

Quick link to lunch menu

Quick link to dinner menu

Nearest Luas: Trinity

Accessibility: Problematic. Steps up to the main door. The interior is wheelchair-friendly enough. Unfortunately the toilets are downstairs where the vault used to be. If there’s an accessible toilet on the main level we don’t know about it: we’ll look into it.

Bewleys Grafton Street

Bewleys Grafton Street

Its name alone has been evocative to Dubliners for more than a century — summoning up images of a place where you can go for great tea, a good small (or not so small) meal, a conversation that might change your life. The flagship branch […]

Insomnia Coffee Company

Insomnia Coffee Company

Ireland’s history with coffee and coffee shops is extensive, dating back to the late 17th century — when people from all walks of life would turn up early and late at their local coffee shop to pick up the latest news (good shops prided themselves […]