We got an interesting query from Ciaran, a reader who’s about to move from London back to Dublin and is looking for tips for ultra-cheap eats:
I have to return to Dublin soon…I’ve been in London. So hopefully I’ll get a job and I presume it will be in the city centre area. Can you recommend ultra cheap places to go that ain’t too crap? I remember the Moore Street Mall and a Korean place behind the Italian quarter, but that’s about it. I need it to be all you can eat or large portions for €8 or so, paper plates, plastic chairs etc – I’m not a fussy eater and surprisingly am a complete foodie, but needs must – you get my drift…
Ciaran didn’t specify whether he’s looking for lunch or dinner spots, but we have a few tips that will work for both:
- The ground floor deli counter at Fallon & Byrne is pretty much spot on for this – main courses are all around €8 and the quality is great. The ground floor is brightly lit and has those slightly uncomfortable high chairs, but you have the option of taking your plate downstairs to their lovely cosy wine cellar and adding a glass of wine.
- Pho Viet, a Vietnamese restaurant on Parnell St. You can have a fantastic dinner there for under €10.
- Madina on Mary St, for authentic and delicious Indian food.
- Delhi o Deli on Moore St, also Indian, you can get fed there for about €5. It’s a canteen style place; the food is basic but spicy, varied and tasty.
- I’ve always had a soft spot for Zaytoon, a Persian kebab place on Parliament St, with a sister restaurant on Camden St. Kebabs are associated with drunkenness, but Zaytoon’s are delicious even when you’re stone cold sober. You can get lovely grilled chicken, vegetables or fish and hence can avoid the mystery meat. They also bake their own very good flatbread.
So there’s a few spots that sprang to mind for me. Where would you send someone who doesn’t mind plastic forks but wants decent eats?