I rarely find myself on the northside of Dublin, as reflected in this site’s bias towards southside eateries.
On a cross-Liffey adventure, however, I was quite adamant that I must sample at least one of the north city’s food spots. Parnell/ Moore/ Capel Street’s excellent value Chinese and Korean restaurants aside, the northside has a bit of a reputation as a culinary wasteland. Sure, there’s some lovely spots – Koh and the “Italian Quarter” sticks out like a freshly kissed thumb, Yamamori does a nice lunch, and there’s a branch of Munchies – but the choice is much wider across the river. Don’t all shout at once; I’m open to correction here.
My requirements: a sit-down lunch, nothing too heavy, that could be eaten in half an hour, with coffee if required. After walking around in circles for a few minutes, Jean and I headed to the Epicurean Food Hall, which used to be a reasonably good bet for northside food.
Sadly, it’s gone to the dogs. The Epicurean is in dire need of a clean-up, a lick of paint, and some tables that don’t look as though they were thrown out the back of a blue-lit KFC. The food selection has become less appealing too: a lot of grease and late-night food choices like kebabs don’t make for a very inviting lunch.
Luckily, one place takes the Epicurean pain away. Taco Taco is a little Mexican stall selling burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and other Mexican food. I had a very delicious vegetarian burrito (€5.25), jammed full of rice, spicy peppers, onions, and other veggies. It was very spicy, as I like it, but if you don’t like too much chilli you might ask them to tone it down. Or you might consider not eating Mexican food…
Taco Taco has been around a lot longer than new kids on the block Pablo Picante’s or nearby Boojum, but it’s great to finally see more Mexican choices around the city. I could get used to this.