We’re suckers for the cheap meal here. One of the best chances to grab a bargain crops up twice a year in Dublin, with restaurants and cafes offering special offer meals for a week.
This time around, bars and cafes are also taking part in the initiative, and there’s deals on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are five price bands: under €10, €10-20, €20-25, €25-30, and over €30. Some highlights:
- The Hop House: three courses, €20
- Whitefriar Grill: three courses, €25
- 101 Talbot: three courses, €25 (one I’ve been wanting to try for some time)
- Saba: four courses, €30
- Pichet: tasting menu, €45
Yet again, a word of caution to make sure you are actually getting good value. Fallon and Byrne, an excellent restaurant – upstairs and downstairs have remarkably good service, value, and food – is engaged in what can only be described a misleading promotion. The “pre-theatre” menu, three courses for €29.95, normally runs all night Monday to Friday and until 6pm Saturday, but the Dine in Dublin promotion is slightly more expensive at €30. Go figure.
You’ll also find a number of specials and events throughout the week, including a cookery demo with Clodagh McKenna at her restaurant in Arnott’s and a jazz night in Le Bon Crubeen.
Full details of the event on the Dine In website.