Marie contacted us on Twitter to ask for tips for a good restaurant to get a late midweek dinner (after 9pm). Her criteria are: €20 budget per head for food (not including wine), south city centre location and preferably Italian, French or Traditional.
It’s actually trickier than it sounds; once you rule out early bird deals, a lot of the good south city restaurants are surprisingly far beyond €20. I immediately thought of Chez Max, The Green Hen or L’Gueuleton for French, but €20 would barely get you a main course in any of those places. Italian is a little more reasonable: you could eat well in Dunne & Crescenzi for €20, and they have good value on wine too. Pizza Stop on Chatham Lane is another cheap and cheerful option.
All the main courses in Green 19 on Camden St are €10, leaving you plenty for starters or desserts and coffee, and finally, The Elephant & Castle in Temple Bar is an old reliable which doesn’t really tick the cuisine requirement box, but gets everything else right. Personally, I would make the trip over to the north side of the city, where you could go to Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot St or Taste of Emilia on Liffey St.
What do you think? Do you have any tips for Marie?