Whilst being home over Christmas, I had the opportunity to try new food places/restaurants in Dublin. Here are my top picks I would recommend:
New to Pearse Street, Gertrude restaurant is described as the perfect spot for all day dining. Suitable for small plates or a three course meal, the coffee is supplied through 3FE and the bread comes from Bread 41 across the road.
According to allthefood.ie, ‘The menu is a mixture of semi-typical diner fare, Asian influenced dishes and the best Irish produce, with dishes like friend chicken and buttermilk pancakes, duck buns and game pie, as well as scrambled eggs with crab and hot sauce, snacks, sides and sweets.’
Host in Ranelagh has been in the village for a few months now, but since being in the UK I hadn’t had the chance to pay this spot a visit. The menu is essentially wine and small plates, with the main dishes changing on a regular basis, depending on the chef’s pick. The food is delicious and perfect for sharing, although it is on the pricier side. For a cool and trendy spot though, Host is the place to visit and I would definitely recommend it to those who like to branch out on their restaurant choices.
Another spot on Pearse Street is Bread 41. A bread and pastry heaven, this place is perfect for breakfast, lunch or coffee, if you are in the city centre. This organic bakery actually has a flour mill on site and produces delicious, authentic sourdough as well as Danish pastries and cronuts. A takeaway pizza menu is also available from 5pm to 10pm, served through a hatch opening onto Pearse Street. Bread 41 has also launched a series of bread making classes, where you can learn the art yourself- click here for more details. At only €80, this is definitely a bargain.
I had only ever been to House before for drinks, but had heard the place also serves great food. Whilst browsing somewhere to go to for Afternoon Tea, I came across their Afternoon Tea Menu as one to try. With so many hotels being so busy during the Christmas period, House seemed like the perfect, alternative option.
A table right beside the open fire and Christmas Tree, fantastic service and a delicious array of cakes and sandwiches, I would definitely recommend House Afternoon Tea to anyone in the Dublin area.