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8 Spots To Be Seen At In Dublin

Japanese In-the-Room Cuisine in Taste at Rustic

This eatery is anything but rustic. Lovers of Japanese cuisine – this is your restaurant. The third floor offerings are for gourmet palates, which will here savour one of the best Japanese cuisines ever, with creative highlights to boot. Signed by the prestigious chef, Dylan McGrath, the dishes are prepared on the spot, in front of the guests, and their selection ranges from sushi to ramen and barbecued Kobe meat. All excellent. The desserts are also as enviable. We recommend the pistachio crème brûlée, the cheesecake and the cold coconut and mango soup. The superb dinner will make a lasting impression on you.

Signature Cocktails & Prime Meat at The Clarence Hotel

U2 fans will be familiar with The Clarence Hotel, owned by the musician, Bono. It offers two options for gastronomes. The Cleaver East restaurant, with its industrial decoration, is well known for its meat dishes. And, should anyone be in doubt about it, the huge wall of the restaurant is covered in axes. The menu features first-class entrecôtes, hamburgers and steaks which will delight the most demanding carnivores. Then there is The Liquor Rooms, located in the hotel basement, one of Dublin’s most VIP cocktail bars. Here, master mixologists apply their flair and expertise to preparing over 30 signature formulas that will win over connoisseurs of a good drink.

A Taste of the Sea at Wrights Findlater Howth

On the outskirts of Dublin lies the upmarket, seafaring quarter of Howth, site of Wrights Findlater Howth. It stands opposite the harbour, with views over the bay, and offers one of the best local seafood cuisines –mussels, prawns, lobster and other seafood vie with one another on a menu which also features copious servings of deliciousfish and chips. The finishing flourish to a pleasant meal is provided by the apple crumble with vanilla ice-cream. Divine!

A Rakish Touch at Lillie’s Bordello

The name of this cocktail bar is a veritable declaration of intent. The bar is done out as a brothel, with red, velvet couches and erotic pictures on the walls. The ideal spot for melting into the corners and enjoying a broad selection of gins and homemade liqueurs. On the ground floor is The Porterhouse, a grandiose pub which serves its own beer – they offer more than 10 varieties – in a casual, bustling, typically Irish ambience.

Drury Buildings – Chic and Rustic

Excellent, pampered Italian recipes. Wood and leather combine in the decor of this restaurant with its casual, modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Ideal for a relaxing daytime meal, as it is located in the heart of downtown Dublin, in one of the most interesting streets for foodies worth their salt – Drury Street. It is full of stores with designer objects for the kitchen, and cool coffee shops with a broad selection of coffees ground on the spot and filter-percolated, to preserve all the essence of this beverage, served with a delicious bun or pastry. A place you would want to spend the whole day reading leisurely in.

Posturing at Sophie’s

Sophie’s is perched on the rooftop of The Dean, a very swank hotel that made the prestigious Hot List of the Condé Nast Traveller magazine for its concept, services and interior design. Sophie’s restaurant features panoramic views of the city through its huge glass walls. By night, it is astonishing. With the lights dimmed, chichi guests rub shoulders with one another as they sip on their aperitif or savour excellent, Italian-inspired cuisine (seafood pasta, risotto…). Their selection of Irish meat also comes highly recommended, especially the beef meatballs, steak or lamb shank (so typical here). All paired with the finest international wines. We can vouch that Sophie’s is the ideal spot for sitting around the table after dinner with friends or for couples. And, if you want to extend your evening, the ground-floor Hotel Dean bar is among the trendiest in town for doing your postureo.

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Text and photos: Laia Ziegerfor Gastronomistas.com